November 16, 2020 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of November 16, 2020

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 16th day of November, 2020 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway and via teleconference.

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

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

PLANNING AND ZONING:  Zoning Administrator Oleson provided a summary of proposed changes to the subdivision and zoning ordinances, the latter primarily with regard to signs.  He reported that Douglas County had made changes to their zoning ordinance and the proposed changes were primarily as a result of updates to the county’s ordinance.  In some cases, the conditions were more restrictive than the county’s.  Because of all the recommended changes, the board was not prepared to adopt the proposed changes at the present time.  Wright made a motion to table action on the proposed changes to the zoning and subdivision ordinances.  Action tabled until the next meeting.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to hold a special meeting of the town board to review the proposed changes to the subdivision and zoning ordinances on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6:00 PM in the township conference room.  Motion carried unanimously.  Clerk Raisanen will publish and post the meeting.

Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that Douglas County is proposing changes to the designation of acceptable solid waste that need to be delivered to the solid waste recovery facility.  The board will take no official action on this proposal.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 11/02/2020 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 20194 – 20202 in the amount of $4,466.66, EFTPS $1,295.01, totaling $5,761.67 and the transfer of $63,000.00 from savings into the checking account.  Motion carried unanimously.

CITIZEN’S CONCERNS:  Billie Dropik requested more time to come into compliance with the removal of cars, scrap, and ag equipment from his residence than was previously agreed upon.  He provided a copy of a contract for deed for a parcel of land he purchased in the City of Nelson. His intent is to move his cars to this parcel. In addition, he told the board that his attorney incorrectly listed the pieces of agricultural equipment he intends to retain, and he said that the scheduled auction in November will not occur and requested additional time to schedule the auction.  Oberg, seconded by Butz, made a motion to grant Billie Dropik a time extension to come into compliance with the previous agreement, said time extension to be conditional provided he meets the following deadlines:  All cars except personal vehicles will be moved to his new lot by December 7, 2020, and that all scrap and excess agricultural equipment be removed or auctioned by May 15, 2021.  Motion carried unanimously.


OLD BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen reported that Gardonville has made significant progress on phases 1, 2, and 3 of the fiber installation project; therefore, payment has been made as authorized at the previous meeting.  Supervisor Oberg reported that they have installed conduit to homes in the West Lake Jessie area.

NEW BUSINESS: Clerk Raisanen reminded the board of the upcoming MAT annual conference to be held virtually on November 21st and 22nd.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2020


Rod Eldevik, Chairman