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Board of Supervisors

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP
December 11, 2007

Chair Gary Ebling called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. Elected officials present were Kathleen Doran-Norton, Supervisor and Township Board Vice Chair; Gary Ebling, Supervisor and Township Board Chair; Leif Knecht, Supervisor; and Mike Piper, clerk. Le Ann finger, Treasurer was not present. Ebling invited all present to rise and pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting. By motion by Doran-Norton and seconded by Knecht, and approved by a vote of 3-0, the board approved the agenda for this meeting as presented in these minutes. Approval of the Minutes for the November 2007 Meeting of the Town Board. As amended, the minutes for the November 13, 2007 meeting of the town board were approved. As written, the minutes for the November 27, 2007 meeting of the town board were approved. Both approvals were by Motion by Doran-Norton and seconded by Knecht, and approved by a vote of 3-0. Approval of the Treasure’s Report for November, 2007. The Treasurer’s Report for November, 2007 was approved by Doran-Norton and seconded by Knecht, and approved by a vote of 3-0. The following is a summary of that report:
CHECKING BALANCE, 11/1/2007 CHECKING BALANCE, 11/30/2007 INVESTMENST TOTAL, 9/1/2007 TOTAL 11/30/2007 $74,321.93 $59, 993.58 $209,230.86 $269,224.44

Remarks by Jerry Anderson. Mr. Anderson, a township resident, addressed the traffic issue in the NW area, around MN 19 and Decker Ave. Anderson suggested that planners consider a round-about in the area. The discussion at the meeting also included the situation of the intersection of Rice County 1, 22, 81, and 22 and MN 246. It was observed that that area should be large enough to accommodate safely the volume of traffic that is and is expected to be present.

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Mr. Anderson said that cooperative planning among the jurisdictions is required. Mr. Anderson announced his intention to be a candidate for supervisor in the election that will be held in March, 2008. Remarks by Stephanie Henriksen. Ms. Henriksen, a township resident, spoke about the status of the proposed feedlot ordinance revisions by the Rice County Board. It was observed that because Bridgewater Township is doing its own planning and zoning, we can be more restrictive than the county. Mr. Steve Albers, a township resident, asked about the possibility of “sliding setbacks.” Schedule for Annual Audit. The clerk was asked when the annual audit of the Town File for 2007 will be held. Presently it is expected that the audit will be held in early February, 2008. Setting of the date requires action by the town board. PERA. The treasurer will be asked for a status of Bridgewater’s involvement with PERA. Rejoice Lutheran Church. Mr. Jim Braun, township zoning administrator, said that a public hearing will be held on December 19, 2007 to consider a conditional use permit for this proposed church which would be located in the Rice County 1/Minnesota 246 area. Bridgewater Participation on the Dundas Planning Commission. Bruce Morlan, township resident, is presently serving as the chair of the Dundas Planning Commission. Morlan’s term expires on January 1, 2008. By Motion by Knecht, seconded by Doran-Norton, and passed 30, the town board will submit the names of Morlan and Stephanie Henriksen as candidates for the Dundas Planning Commission. The Enactment of a Hosting Fee for the Rice County Sanitary Landfill. Carolyn Braun credited Jeff Stremcha, a member of the Bridgewater Planning Commission, with initiating this idea. Carolyn Braun read a suggested Resolution (2007-12). The board will consider the resolution at next week’s board meeting. The supervisors said they would contact the Rice County Commissioners to assure them that this action by Bridgewater Township is not punitive.

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Carolyn Braun said that she is still researching particulars about the issue. Members of the board expressed concerns about the landfill. For example, the increased cost of fuel could increase the tonnage at the landfill as haulers seek the closest location, the determination of the toxic chemicals being released into the water and air, and the expected life of the present facility (considered now to be up to 20 years). The board expressed the view that controlling the emissions from the landfill will help protect our air and water, and will benefit future generations. Pending finalization of the text, the board, Doran-Norton by Motion, approved Resolution 2007-12. Second by Knecht, vote 3-0. (DoranNorton, aye; Ebling, aye; Knecht, aye). Adjournment. By Motion by Doran-Norton, second by Ebling, and passed 3-0, the meeting was adjourned at 9:22 PM. Respectfully submitted,

C Michael Piper Clerk, Bridgewater Township

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