March 13, 2018 annual meeting minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of 3-13-2018

The annual meeting of Alexandria Township was held on the 13th Day of March, 2018 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 8:03 PM.

Linda Dokken-McFann, seconded by Joel Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

APPROVE MINUTES: Larry Steidl, seconded by Jeff Oberg, made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2017 annual meeting as written.  Motion carried.

CLERKS REPORT:  Clerk Raisanen reported that the preliminary financial audit for the Township was completed.  The draft audited financial statement shows that the township’s total assets at the end of 2017 were $2,257,040.  The ending fund balance for the year was $950,255 compared to a beginning fund balance of $1,011,562, a decrease of $61,307.  Total Revenue for the year was $872,287 and total expenditures for the year were $933,594.

Clerk Raisanen reported that the township spent approximately $200,000 on road overlays, including the re-paving of a portion of Geneva Golf Club Drive and Liberty Road.

Clerk Raisanen reported that building activity in 2017 has continued to be brisk.  More than 20 new home building permits were issued in 2017, and it appears that in 2018 the pace will continue.

Clerk Raisanen reviewed the 2017 actual spending vs budget and presented a proposed 2019 budget in the amount of $857,759.  He explained that the board has proposed a levy increase of approximately $60,000 for 2018 as a result of no additional payments from the City of Alexandria.  The final phase of the annexation was completed in 2012, and the township will not have any revenue from the annexation agreement.

Rod Eldevik, 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 have been involved with during the past year.  She provided copies of the 2017 annual report and also provided 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- $156,735, Road & Bridge- $185,760, Blacktop- $75,465, ALASD- 116,100, Snow & Weed- $58,050, Parks & Recreation- $26,703, Fire Protection- $49,419, Total recommended levy amount for 2018 is $668,232. Joel Dahlheimer, seconded by Linda Dokken-McFann, made a motion to approve the 2018 Levy, payable in 2019, as proposed in the total amount of $668,232.  Motion carried.

2018 MEETING DATE:  Rod Eldevik, seconded by Jeff Oberg, made a motion to set the 2019 annual township meeting on March 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Motion carried.

Moderator Van Zomeren opened the floor for any items.  Jeff Oberg inquired into the process of moving the annual township election from March to November.  Clerk Raisanen reported that he believes the supervisors can place this on the ballot or the town voters can request it at the annual meeting.  Clerk Raisanen will research the process and bring to the next regular board meeting.

Clerk Raisanen reported that Jeff Oberg has been re-elected to a three-year term as supervisor.  He also reported that Linda Dokken-McFann and Jerry Wright were elected to a two year replacement term for the two vacancies.

Being no further business, Rod Eldevik made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully Submitted…..

Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this _____ day of _________, 2018

Bernie Van Zomeren- Moderator