July 17, 2023 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of July 17, 2023

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 17th day of July, 2023 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway and via teleconference.

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

Butz, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adopt the agenda with the addition of E. Lake Burgen under Old Business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Supervisor Wright joined the meeting.

Oberg, seconded by Wright, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 7/05/23 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 231116 – 23125 in the amount of $43,076.33, EFTPS  $1,610.40, totaling $44,686.73 with a transfer of funds from savings of $40,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING: Zoning Administrator Oleson presented an interim use application for a home-based business submitted by Linda Nitschke located at 4443 S. Lake Jessie Rd. SE. The proposed business would entail massage and natural homeopathic therapies. It would also involve some overnight stays.  Zoning Administrator Olson reported no license is required for this type of business and there are no building code requirements.  The planning commission recommended approval with six conditions.   Supervisor Oberg suggested condition number four be changed to permit more than three vehicles once per year instead of unusual circumstances.  Oberg, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the interim use permit for Linda Nitschke for a home-based business with the six conditions recommended by the planning commission with condition no. 4 modified to once per year.  Motion for:  Wright, Oberg, Butz, Dahlheimer, Eldevik.  Against: None.  Motion carried.

Oleson reported the auto sales business located at the intersection of Hwy. 29 N. and CR 20 is applying to amend their conditional use permit to include oil changes and other services at this location.

ENGINEER’S REPORT:  The board discussed the Liberty Road right of way project.  WSN desires to begin the survey work on the parcel descriptions to be included in the project.  Supervisor Oberg requested the township be provided a written description of the project steps and an estimated cost of the project before authorizing the work.  Engineer Kuhn and Clerk Raisanen will provide this at the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: Chairman Eldevik and Supervisor Dahlheimer met with a landowner on E. Lake Burgen Road.  The road maintenance contractor mowed the ditch in front of the landowner’s property.  The landowner expressed concern about damage to wildlife habitat in the ditch.  Chairman Eldevik stated it was noted this portion of the ditch was not inhibiting flow from the area and that the contractor will be cleaning up the job.

NEW BUSINESS: Clerk Raisanen discussed some takeaways from the legal seminar he attended in Burnsville.  Besides land use training, it was recommended town officials use an official email address instead of a personal mailbox.  In the event of a subpoena or an official email request, it would be better to search an official email address instead of a personal email box for emails.  Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize the creation of email addresses for all the supervisors and deputy clerk position.  Motion carried unanimously.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer seconded by Butz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2023


Rod Eldevik, Chairman