January 22, 2020 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of January 22, 2020

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 22nd day of January, 2020 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Joel Dahlheimer, Jeff Oberg, Rod Eldevik, Dennis Butz and Jerry Wright.  Also present was 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.

Wright, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adopt the agenda with the addition of recreation funding under Old Business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Butz, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 1/6/2020 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 20011 – 20015 for $2,194.65, EFTPS $1,324.51, totaling $3,519.16 and a transfer of funds from savings of $1,500.00.  Motion carried unanimously.


ENGINEER’S REPORT:  Alden Just was present to request guidance on all the snow piles located within the road right of way from residents plowing snow across township roads. He indicated that he will have to start using a loader to push the piles back since they are a hazard to his grader operators.  The board was in consensus to send landowners a letter notifying them that they are in violation of state law and to stop the practice.

PLANNING AND ZONING:  The board discussed a possible variance application for a property located off Island Drive.  The owner is proposing to construct a home and will be unable to meet the required setbacks from the road due to the shape of the lot and the requirement that homes be 24 ft. in width.  The owner will contact ALASD to determine if there is a sewer stub for the property and stated he intends to apply for a variance from the township.

Zoning Administrator Oleson requested that the future dates for the Board of Adjustment be moved from the 3rd Monday of the month to the first.  The board was in consensus to move the BOA dates starting in March.

OLD BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen presented a copy of a request for recreation funding for 2020 from the community education director of Alexandria Public Schools in the amount of $15,576.00.  Both Chair Eldevik and Supervisor Oberg, who were members of the LAR board before it was dissolved, reported that the school district told the board that they would not need any funding in the future from the townships.  Wight, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to not fund community education in 2020.  Motion carried unanimously.

Clerk Raisanen reported the city inquired if the YMCA would provide lifeguards at LeHomme Dieu beach this summer.  The board will consider funding for 2020 if a contract is reached.

NEW BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen made the recommendation to appoint the following election judges for the upcoming primary and township election:  Darlene O’Brien, Mona Billmark, Barb Sather, Linda Dokken-McFann, and LaVonne Schimmelfennig and to appoint Darlene O’Brien as the head judge.  Oberg, seconded by Butz, moved to appoint the recommended judges.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2020


Rod Eldevik, Chairman