September 20, 2021 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of September 20, 2021

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 20th day of September, 2021 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway and via teleconference.

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

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 09/07/21 regular board meeting as written.  Supervisor Dahlheimer questioned his comments. Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 21159 – 21165 in the amount of $8,511.91, EFTPS of $1,463.28, totaling $9,975.19.  Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING:  Ben Oleson reported the zoning subcommittee had met to discuss the options available concerning the request by Massman to rezone a parcel currently located within a rural residential zone.  Any changes to the current zoning ordinance or comprehensive plan would take at least 1-2 months and probably longer.  Given the deadline on the application, the zoning subcommittee recommended that action on the request be made at the October 4, 2021 meeting based on current ordinances and the comprehensive plan.  In addition, the committee recommended the township begin the process of updating its comprehensive plan and review the list of permitted, conditional and prohibited uses in the commercial and industrial zoning districts.

Supervisor Wright asked about the timeline. Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that any changes would not be able to occur until after the first meeting in November.  Supervisor Oberg reported the zoning subcommittee recommended three areas of the comprehensive plan that need updating: zoning districts and permitted uses, ALASD sewer district boundary, and recreation.  Chairman Eldevik reported the new exit off of interstate 94 will also have an impact on future land use and traffic patterns.


OLD BUSINESS:  Gardonville provided an update on the status of the broadband installation project.  Most areas of phase 1-5 have been installed and the majority of households served by the project have subscribed to the service.

NEW BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen reported that the winter road maintenance contract had been advertised for quotes and one was received from Alden Just Road Maintenance.  The proposal included all the necessary information that was requested in the RFP.  Quoted amounts included:  Grading of roads with motor grader- $97.00/hr., Plowing snow with motor grader and truck- $97.00/hr., Sanding of roads- $85.00/hr., and other maintenance- $40/hr.  Also included was a fuel surcharge of $1.00/hr. for any fuel increase greater than existing fuel costs of $3.289.  Dahlheimer, seconded by Wright, made a motion to contract for winter road maintenance with Alden Just Road Maintenance for the period of October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022 at the quoted rates.  Motion approved unanimously.

Clerk Raisanen reported the board had approved the changes to the fence regulations within the zoning ordinance; however, a resolution needed to be passed to enact and record the ordinance with the county.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adopt resolution 21-04, a resolution repealing ordinance 132 and adopting zoning ordinance 134.  For:  Wright, Oberg, Dahlheimer, Butz, and Eldevik.  Against: None.  Motion carried.

Butz, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adopt resolution 21-05, a resolution approving ordering adoption of summary of ordinance 134.  For:  Wright, Oberg, Dahlheimer, Butz, and Eldevik.  Against: None.  Motion carried.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2021


Rod Eldevik, Chairman