July 7, 2021 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of July 7, 2021

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 7th day of July, 2021 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway and via teleconference.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Jeff Oberg, Joel Dahlheimer, Rod Eldevik, Dennis Butz and Jerry Wright.  Also present was Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk.  Mona Billmark, Treasurer, attended via teleconference.  As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Eldevik at 6:00 p.m.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda with the additions of broadband update and ALASD maps under Old Business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 06/21/2021 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 21121 – 21127 in the amount of $65,662.00, net payroll $4,672.66 totaling $70,334.66 and a transfer from savings of $67,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Eldevik introduced Jessica Fettig, who has expressed interest in the vacant planning commission seat.  She will attend the July planning commission meeting.

CITIZEN’S CONCERNS:  Clayton Lunser, 2753 Le Homme Dieu Heights NE, stated his neighbor had placed a galvanized steel fence on, or close to, the property line.  He contended that the fence was unsightly and should not be classified as “maintenance-free.”  He asked if the town could be more definitive in its ordinance as to what types of fencing constitute “maintenance” and “maintenance-free.”  Consensus to have Zoning Administrator Oleson research updating the ordinance referencing these definitions.

PLANNING AND ZONING:  Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that Eastside Storage – Alexandria had submitted an interim use application to utilize 12 shipping containers as commercial storage rental units.  These would be in place of a future building.  He explained the containers would be temporary in nature until construction prices became more amenable and then a permanent building be constructed as originally planned.  He reported that the planning commission had recommended approval with four conditions.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to approve the interim use permit submitted by Eastside Storage – Alexandria with the findings of fact outlined in the staff report and the following four conditions: 1) that the interim use permit be valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of final approval of the interim use permit (or earlier if required to do so by the ordinance) and to waive the permit renewal fee associated with a permit review; 2) that the shipping containers must be kept in a state of good repair – any significant chipping or wearing away of paint or rust shall be re-painted/restored and any damaged units shall be replaced; 3) that a maximum of twelve (12) shipping containers be allowed on the property; and 4) that the shipping containers be shielded from public view.  Roll: Butz, Wright, Oberg, Dahlheimer, Eldevik – yes.  Opposed: none.  Motion carried unanimously.

Oleson provided an update on a complaint regarding a dirt bike track located off South Lake Jessie Road.


OLD BUSINESS:  Chairman Eldevik provided an update on the Gardonville broadband project.

Chairman Eldevik presented to the town board ALASD maps with depicted township boundaries.  Eldevik and Oberg to give a recommendation on pipe locations at a future meeting.


Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2021


Rod Eldevik, Chairman