June 17, 2024 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of June 17, 2024

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 17th day of June, 2024 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway and via teleconference.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Rod Eldevik, Joel Dahlheimer, Jerry Wright, Jeff Oberg, and Dennis Butz.  Also present were Mark Meuwissen, Clerk, and Mona Billmark, Treasurer.  Said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Eldevik at 6:00 p.m.

Motion by Butz, seconded by Wright, to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 6/3/24 regular board minutes as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 24124-24132 in the amount of $73,556.51, EFTPS of $1,273.19, totaling $74,829.70 with a transfer from savings of $69,000.


PLANNING AND ZONING:  Zoning Administrator Oleson reported the township had received a resident complaint about noise occurring during motocross activity on property located off South Lake Jessie Dr.  Oleson reported noise ordinances restrict certain motorized sport activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..  There are other noise ordinances that are more general, but don’t seem to directly apply to this situation.   Oberg asked if any specific time of such occurrence was documented and if any noise measurements were available to consider. Oleson replied no.  Oberg expressed the township could take no action without some evidence and suggested there were several options the resident could take if they want to pursue this further.  Oleson agreed to pass this information on to the resident.  No further action was taken.

No other Planning and Zoning items.

ENGINEER’S REPORT:   No Engineer items.

OLD BUSINESS: Item 1: On 6/3/24 the Board tabled discussion of extending the sewer along Maple Drive.  It was noted Joel and Rebekah Erickson were awaiting a town board decision on this possible extension before they install a septic system.  Supervisor Dahlheimer had contacted ALASD. The estimated cost to extend the sewer is $188,000, impacting just four parcels. Two had already installed septic systems.  After considering the cost, the Board expressed no interest in supporting this extension.  No action was taken.

Item 2: Regarding the potential annexation of Eastwood Estates by the City of Nelson, Clerk Meuwissen provided an update on the potential legal action the Township could take and referenced the Township Attorney’s letter dated June 15, 2024. Meuwissen believed the statute the City is using to annex the property may not apply due to the availability of waste treatment facilities for this property.  It was noted by Chairman Eldevik that the Township did not receive notice of the public hearing 30 days prior to the scheduled meeting.  Eldevik clarified that the assessment would affect those two parcels even if annexed.  Dahlheimer stated the installation of the sewer line could start in the next three weeks.  The Board was in agreement to direct the Township’s Attorney to send a letter objecting to the annexation of the property by the City.  Meuwissen agreed to contact the Town’s Attorney to express the Board’s intention to object and challenge the annexation.

NEW BUSINESS:  The request to close a small section of Burgen Lane starting at the intersection of Burgen Terrace and continuing just past the parcel boundary of the first house on each side of the road was considered by the Board.  It was noted a special event permit should be obtained from the Sheriff’s office, an adequate blockade be used to improve the safety of children playing in the area, and that there were alternative traffic routes available to houses located on the other side of the blockade.   Motion by Wright, seconded by Butz, to authorize the temporary closing of this section of Burgen Lane for the proposed block party for one the timeframe specified in the request, said authorization contingent upon the wording noted above.

There being no further business, Chairman Eldevik adjourned the meeting at 6:45 PM

Respectfully submitted….


Mark Meuwissen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2024


Rod Eldevik, Chairman