September 7, 2022 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of September 7, 2022

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 7th day of September, 2022 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Jeff Oberg, Joel Dahlheimer, Rod Eldevik, Dennis Butz and Jerry Wright.  Also present was Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk, and Mona Billmark, Treasurer.  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 with the additions of Liberty Road and Road Inspection Summary under New Business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 08/15/22 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 22154 – 22174 in the amount of $43,931.05, net payroll $8,125.84 totaling $52,056.89 with a transfer of funds from savings of $35,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

CITIZEN’S CONCERNS:  Chairman Eldevik reported the township had received a bill from the Lakecrest Homeowner’s Association for landscaping work performed in the shoulder/ditch area along Lakecrest Road NE.  Eldevik stated the town informed the association we would not remit payment since the work that was done was located within the township’s right-of-way and had already been completed by our maintenance operator prior to the association’s contractor doing work in that same area.

PLANNING AND ZONING:  Zoning Administrator Oleson reported the planning commission had held a public hearing on a conditional use application submitted by Michael and Kristi Huck.  The CUP was required for the movement of more than ten cubic yards of material within a steep slope and more than 50 cubic yards of material in a shoreland district to raise land at the bottom of the slope to allow for placement of a dwelling.  Oleson stated the planning commission had tabled the hearing at their August 3, 2022 meeting for the applicant to obtain an engineer’s report.  The hearing resumed at their August 22, 2022 meeting and at that time they recommended approval with three conditions; i.e. erosion and sedimentation control measures; a permanent stormwater management plan; and maintaining the impervious coverage to stay at or below 25% of the lot.  Oleson said the engineer’s report states there should actually be less water to the neighboring properties to the west.  He also said he received a call from someone raising concerns about drainage located farther down to the west.

Wright, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to table the application until the town board had an opportunity to view the site.  Roll:  Wright – no, Oberg – no, Butz – no, Dahlheimer – no, Eldevik – no.  Motion failed.

Oberg, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to approve the conditional use request with the three conditions outlined in the town board report and to add a fourth condition to read:  “Any future water drainage problems with this property and/or neighboring properties would be the responsibility of the then current landowner and the Hagstrom engineering firm, referencing Hagstrom’s drainage study dated August 16, 2022.  Roll:  Wright – yes, Oberg – yes, Butz – yes, Dahlheimer – yes, Eldevik – yes.  Motion carried unanimously.

Oleson reported the town had received a request to consolidate four existing parcels into three parcels (Lots 10 – 13, Block 2, Crestwood Hills 1st Addition).  The new lot lines would not create any new lot line setback issues of concern.  Oleson stated this could not be approved OTC since the properties are Torrens property and the town’s subdivision ordinance requires the property be described as a RLS and approved by the town board.  Oberg, seconded by Butz, made a motion to approve the Registered Land Survey for the above-mentioned lots with an additional recommendation that the landowner use 10’ side lot setbacks.  Motion carried unanimously.

Oleson provided copies of Resolution 22-03, a resolution directing a study and consideration of amendments to official controls and an interim ordinance prohibiting the construction of “shouse” buildings on certain properties and prohibiting the placement of cargo containers on property.  Oleson is proposing a timeframe of one year.  Recommended changes to Interim Ordinance #135 are as follows:

Section 3. A., to read: “No building, unless otherwise approved by the Town Board, may be constructed on any property in Alexandria Township which is a garage/storage building with a dwelling unit(s), as defined by Section VII of the Alexandria Township Ordinance #134 (Zoning Ordinance), or successor ordinance, where:;

Section 3. B. (c) to read:  “Where the construction of the home/attached garage is of pole-frame construction with sheet metal and/or sheet steel siding;”

Section 4. A. to read: “No cargo container may be placed on any property in Alexandria Township.  A cargo container shall be defined, for the purposes of this interim ordinance, as ‘A metal and/or steel storage and transport receptacle structure normally used for moving goods on trucks, ships or trains.’”   

Oberg, seconded by Dahlheimer, made a motion to adopt Resolution 22-03 with Interim Ordinance #135 as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

Oleson reported a landowner on S. Lake Jessie Road had presented a list of dates and times of heavy machinery use in the area.  Consensus to have Oleson and Oberg follow up and report back to the board.

Oleson stated the township’s subdivision ordinance lists a 100’ lot width but less at the road.  This presents a problem for plats with lots having less road frontage and then gradually widening as the lot progresses to the rear lot line, in essence appearing cone-shaped.  Consensus to have the lot width be 100’ at the road.

ENGINEER’S REPORT: Eldevik reported various drainage issues and other items will be discussed at the next meeting.


NEW BUSINESS:  Supervisor Wright reported he had spoken with Douglas County Commissioner Charlie Meyer about the possible trade of Liberty Road for 39th Avenue.  Mr. Meyer will discuss with the Douglas County Engineer.

Wright also reported that most items from the road inspection and winter follow-up list have been completed.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Butz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2022


Rod Eldevik, Chairman