November 15, 2021 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of November 15, 2021

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 15th day of November, 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 were Gregg Raisanen, Clerk, with Mona Billmark, Treasurer, via teleconference.  As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Eldevik at 6:00 p.m.

Chairman Eldevik recessed the regular board meeting and opened up the Board of Adjustment meeting.

Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that a variance request had been submitted by Jeffrey and Jennifer Jones to permit a 2-Lot subdivision located along Co. Rd. 73 NE, parcel number 03-1203-000, without connecting to sanitary sewer.  The applicants are proposing to split a 40 acre parcel into two twenty acre parcels and have no intention of utilizing for dwellings.  An existing storage building is located on one parcel and the other parcel is currently vacant of any buildings.  The closest sewer main is located 630-1940 feet away to the west and would be cost prohibitive to connect.

Supervisor Oberg expressed support provided conditions are applied to prevent any water use that would result in sewage disposal.  If any structures were constructed that generate waste water, the properties would be required to connect to sanitary sewer. Mr. Jones reiterated his intentions to not have a need for sewage disposal.

Chairman Eldevik closed the BOA meeting and reconvened the regular board meeting at 6:15 PM.

Oberg, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 11/01/21 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to approve claims 21190-21197 in the amount of $4,352.05, EFTPS of $1,445.70 for a total of $5,797.75.  Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING:  The board considered the variance request submitted by Jeffery and Jennifer Jones to create a two-lot subdivision by dividing a 40 acre parcel into two 20 acre parcels without connecting to sanitary sewer.  Oberg, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the variance for Jeffery and Jennifer Jones for parcel number 03-1203-000 based on finding of facts with the following two conditions: 1) That no dwellings or running water or generation of sewage be allowed on either of the two lots unless the owner of the property connects to ALASD sewer or obtains a separate variance; and 2) That no further subdivision of the lots shall be allowed without connection to the ALASD sewer system or the granting of a separate variance.

For:  Wright, Oberg, Dahlheimer, Butz, Eldevik.  Motion carried unanimously.

Zoning Administrator Oleson reported there were still an excessive number of vehicles parked at Billie Dropik’s residence.   The board directed Oleson to contact the landowner to have the vehicles moved as he had promised.

Scott Gilbertson, ALASD, and Bryan Bye, WSN, provided the board with an update regarding a feasibility report that was completed for sewer expansion along CR 73 and a portion of Liberty Road.  Mr. Gilbertson reported the township may want to request from the ALASR board sewer line expansion into this area and other potential growth areas of Alexandria Township that are not currently served by sanitary sewer.  Mr. Bye reviewed the feasibility report.  The proposed project was separated into three phases with a total estimated project cost of $1,626,000.  The board will review this information and also review other areas in the township to recommend prioritized areas for consideration.  This will be part of the comprehensive land use plan update. Mr. Gilbertson will be invited to a future meeting to review the lists.


OLD BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen reported Zoning Administrator Oleson had prepared a proposal to update the comprehensive plan.  This proposal included a scope of work to complete an expected timeline.  The total proposed cost for the work is $10,400.00.  Clerk Raisanen requested the board to review and respond with questions.  It will be placed on the agenda for the first meeting in December.

NEW BUSINESS:  Oberg, seconded by Wright, made a motion to appoint Supervisor Dahlheimer to the ALASD board for a two-year term.  Motion carried unanimously.

Being no further business, Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen,  Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2021


Rod Eldevik, Chairman