July 5, 2017 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of July 5, 2017

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 5th day of July, 2017 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL: Supervisors present were Jeff Oberg, Joel Dahlheimer, Rod Eldevik and Russell Niskanen. Also present were Gregg Raisanen, Clerk, and Mona Billmark, Treasurer. As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Eldevik at 6:00 p.m.

Oberg, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adopt the agenda with the addition of various zoning issues under planning and zoning and a resignation letter under new business. Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 06-19-2017 regular board meeting as written. Motion carried. Supervisor Niskanen abstained.

Niskanen, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 17166-17129 in the amount of $137,148.38, net payroll $3,851.88, totaling $141,000.26 with a transfer of funds from savings of $138,000.00. Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING: Supervisor Oberg had asked that updates be provided on various zoning issues. Clerk Raisanen addressed those concerns on behalf of the zoning administrator:

A cabinet shop on Hazel Hill Road had been granted an IUP with four conditions on August 1, 2016 by the township board. One of the conditions applied to the removal and/or enclosure of a shipping container once the new building was completed. The clerk stated that construction has just begun; therefore, the container has not been removed and/or enclosed.

A property on County Road 81 had been cited in 2010 for junk vehicles. Currently, there appears to be 2-3 vehicles on the property, partially screened. Our nuisance ordinance allows up to three inoperable vehicles. Consensus to have the zoning administrator re-visit this property by September 1st to ensure it complies with the nuisance ordinance.

Attorney Johnson had been directed to contact Viking Bank regarding the ongoing clean-up of Jack’s Family Recycling Center. As of this date, we’ve received limited response. He was also directed to send a letter to Richard and Judy Zunker requesting that all material be removed, including the roll-offs.

Supervisors Oberg and Dahlheimer, along with Zoning Administrator Oleson, conducted a site visit at a farm located along County Road 82 E. The individual stated he is attempting to remove junk cars and/or move them to a less visible location on the property. Dahlheimer mentioned that weeds are also an issue. Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to authorize Oleson to send the landowner a letter stipulating compliance with our nuisance ordinance by September 15, 2017. Motion carried unanimously.

Oleson has also communicated with a landowner on E. Lake Jessie Road that adherence to our nuisance ordinance must be met by September 15, 2017. Consensus to have Oleson perform a site visit by August 1st.

Clerk Raisanen reported that the foreclosed property off Maple Drive that has impervious issues will be purchased by an adjoining landowner. The new owner intends to have a survey completed on the property and, if the property is still deemed over-impervious, will have a lot line adjustment to ensure the property adheres to township zoning requirements. The new owner has also met with the township engineer to resolve the ditch issue.

Clerk Raisanen reported on the DRT meeting attended by Oleson, Supervisor Dahlheimer, Chair Eldevik, Dan New of Hudson Township and an Alexandria Township resident regarding potential drainage issues with the proposed subdivision just south of the township line in the Burgen Heights area. Consensus was to ensure that there is not a net increase in the runoff to the north.



NEW BUSINESS: Clerk Raisanen reported the town had received a resignation letter from Jul Feuling, effective July 5, 2017. Niskanen, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to accept Jul Feuling’s resignation. Motion carried unanimously.

Chair Eldevik requested the clerk list an appointment for Feuling’s position be placed on the next agenda.

Being no further business, Niskanen, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2017


Rod Eldevik, Chairman