March 12, 2019 annual business meeting minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of 3-12-2019

The annual meeting of Alexandria Township was held on the 12th Day of March 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hwy. 29 North, Alexandria, MN.

Clerk Raisanen opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance at 8:00 PM.

Rod Eldevik nominated Bernie Van Zomeren as moderator for the meeting.  Nominations ceased.  A unanimous ballot was placed for Bernie Van Zomeren as moderator.

The meeting was turned over to Bernie Van Zomeren at 8:02 PM.

Jeff Oberg, seconded by Jerry Wright, made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

APPROVE MINUTES: Rod Eldevik, seconded by Jeff Oberg, made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2018 annual meeting as written.  Motion carried.

CLERK’S REPORT:  Clerk Raisanen reviewed the 2018 financial data for the township.    The ending fund balance for the year was $1,114,580 compared to a beginning fund balance of $975,087, an increase of $139,493.  Total Revenue for the year was $951,718 and total expenditures for the year were $812,225.

The township expenditures were within 98% of the total budget.

Clerk Raisanen reported that the township improved E. Lake Jessie Road by raising the road surface between two ponds and placing a new culvert to equalize water levels between the two sides.

Clerk Raisanen reported that building activity in 2018 was active.  More than 25 new home building permits were issued in 2018 and it appears that this trend will continue into 2019.

Clerk Raisanen reviewed the 2018 actual spending vs budget and presented a proposed 2020 budget in the amount of $979,163, an increase of 3.8% compared to 2018.  He explained that the board has proposed a levy increase of approximately 6% for 2019.

Jerry Wright, seconded by Joel Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the Clerk’s report as presented. Motion carried.

Nicole Klimek, Alexandria Township’s representative to the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, provided an update of activities that the AAEDC has been involved with during the past year.  She provided copies of the 2018 annual report and a budget summary for the next year, along with Alexandria Township’s financial commitment.

Clerk Raisanen presented a proposed levy for the following amounts:  General Revenue- $166,139, Road & Bridge- $196,906, Blacktop- $79,993, ALASD- 123,066, Snow & Weed- $61,533, Parks & Recreation- $28,305, Fire Protection- $47,813, Total recommended levy amount for 2019 is $703,755. Joel Dahlheimer, seconded by Rod Eldevik, made a motion to approve the 2019 Levy, payable in 2020, as proposed in the total amount of $703,755.  Motion carried.

2019 MEETING DATE:  Rod Eldevik, seconded by Joel Dahlheimer, made a motion to set the 2020 annual township meeting on March 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Motion carried.

Moderator Van Zomeren opened the floor for any items.  Joel Dahlheimer proposed that Alexandria Township create and maintain a Facebook Page.  It will be brought to a future town board meeting.

Clerk Raisanen reported that Rod Eldevik and Joel Dahlheimer have been re-elected to a three-year term as supervisor.  He also reported that Dennis Butz was elected to a one-year replacement term for the one vacancy formerly held by Linda Dokken-McFann.

Being no further business, Rod Eldevik made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 8:23 PM.

Submitted March 14, 2019


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this _____ day of _________, 2020


Bernie Van Zomeren- Moderator