March 2, 2020 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of March 2, 2020

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 2nd day of March, 2020 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Joel Dahlheimer, Rod Eldevik, Dennis Butz and Jerry Wright.  Also present were Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy 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.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 02/19/20 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried.  Butz abstained.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 20031 – 20037 in the amount of $10,838.49, net payroll $3,733.91, totaling $14,572.40 with a transfer of funds from savings of $14,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING:  Zoning Administrator Oleson reported the town had received a request from the Sauk River Watershed District asking if we would incorporate language referencing some of their conditions into our permitting process for parcels located within the Sauk River District’s area. It was intimated that if the township did so, fees normally imposed by the Watershed District could be waived.  Oleson stated that some of those conditions, such as erosion control, are already addressed with our township permits.  He also expressed concern about overlapping jurisdictions and enforcement issues. Board consensus to leave our permitting process intact and not include language from the Watershed District.

Oleson reported the town had received a complaint on property located in the northwest quadrant of the township.  This property encompasses land in both Carlos and Alexandria Townships.  The work being done on the property requires a permit and a variance.  Oleson has been in contact with the county to ascertain which municipality should take the lead on permitting.  He said the county’s Land and Resource Director, Dave Rush, has indicated they are willing to move forward with permitting if the township does not wish to proceed.  Board consensus to have the county move forward with the permitting process.

Oleson provided a copy of the Future Land Use Map for the board’s review.  The map depicts Phases I – III of commercial areas throughout the township.  The planning commission has requested the board’s input before scheduling a public hearing.  Board consensus to direct Oleson to provide a map depicting the presently zoned commercial areas as well as the additional phases.  He will present the new map at the board’s first meeting in April.

Chairman Eldevik moved up an item from New Business for discussion, the Douglas County Stormwater Ordinance Revision Workgroup.  Oleson reported that Douglas County has invited the township to participate in a workgroup seeking to develop a revised set of standards which would protect the county’s lake resources, limit damage to residences and property, and allow for the continued development of high-quality, high-end lake homes.  The goal of the group is to develop new standards to be adopted before the 2020 construction season begins in earnest.  Board consensus to have Oleson represent the township at the meetings and, in the event he is unavailable, Chairman Eldevik will appoint a representative from either the town board or the planning commission.


OLD BUSINESS: Wright, seconded by Butz, made a motion to bring forward to the annual meeting a recommended levy increase of 7% overall and 20% for blacktop.  Motion carried unanimously.  Clerk Raisanen to prepare the documentation for the annual meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: Board consensus to authorize the clerk to advertise for summer road maintenance, said contract to run from April 1 – September 30, 2020.

Chairman Eldevik reminded the board of the upcoming spring short courses to be held at Arrowwood on March 27, 2020.

Being no further business, Wright, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2020


Rod Eldevik, Chairman