May 30, 2018 minutes


Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of May 30, 2018

A regular meeting of the Planning Commission of Alexandria Township was held on the 30th day of May, 2018 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

Roll Call: Commission members present were Shad Steinbrecher, Larry Steidl, Jarrod Oberg and Julie Haar. Also present were Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk, and Ben Oleson, Township Zoning Administrator. As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Steidl at 6:00 p.m.

Agenda: Steinbrecher, seconded by Haar, made a motion to approve the agenda as written. Motion carried unanimously.

Minutes: Oberg, seconded by Steinbrecher, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 3/26/2018 meeting as written. Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Steidl recessed the meeting to open the public hearing on the preliminary plat of Ashmark Addition submitted by GOJO, LLC..

Public Hearing: Brad Nyberg of Nyberg Surveying represented the applicants. He stated that they are proposing to split a 7.3 acre parcel and subdivide it into two parcels, one would be approximately 2.50 acres and the other almost five acres. Both lots would be accessed from East Lake Victoria Road. The applicants are aware there are many lots for sale in the township; however, they feel these lots will be unique due to the amount of acreage offered on each parcel.

Zoning Administrator Oleson mentioned that even though there are wetlands on the property, there would still be ample buildable area. The property is not within ALASD boundaries and thus not required to connect to ALASD sewer. Sewer sites have been identified for each lot. An existing easement runs across the two proposed lots for a main natural gas line.

Chairman Steidl opened the hearing to the public for comment.

Charles Klimek, 710 Scandia Street, Alexandria, MN, owns property in the area. He stated that a dike was installed during construction of the curve along the intersection of County 81 and East Lake Victoria Road. The dike would allow water to flow into the ditch. His concern is that due to farming, the dike has eroded and no longer serves its original purpose, thus allowing water runoff to remain on the property.

Chairman Steidl closed the public hearing and resumed the meeting.

Commissioner Steinbrecher remarked that the water table in that area is high and any buildings constructed would need to be a slab on grade.

Commissioner Oberg asked if a condition would be to ensure culverts were of appropriate size to accommodate water flow. Oleson said that culvert recommendations would be handled by the township engineer when someone applied for a driveway permit.

Haar, seconded by Steinbrecher, made a motion to recommend approval of the preliminary plat of Ashmark Addition with no conditions. Roll: Haar – yes, Steinbrecher – yes, Oberg – yes, Steidl – yes. Motion carried unanimously.

Zoning Administrator’s Report: Oleson stated that he will be setting up a zoning subcommittee meeting in the near future. 

New Business: none

Old Business: none

Adjournment: Being no further business Steinbrecher, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted…


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ___________, 2018


Larry Steidl, Chairman