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Board of Supervisors

County of Rice, State of Minnesota DATE October 13, 2009

Call to order at 7:05 pm. The pledge of allegiance was said by all. Supervisors Leif Knecht, Kathleen Doran-Norton, Glen Castore and clerk Michael Norton present. It was noted that treasurer Brad Pfahning would be late (and did arrive later), and Jim Braun zoning administrator was unable to attend due to illness and injury. Brian O’Connell from the city of Northfield was introduced to discuss annexation later in the meeting. The minutes from the previous township meeting on September 8th were reviewed in advance. Glen Castore move to approve without changes; Kathleen Doran-Norton seconded. All approved. The minutes from the September 15th meeting were approved. Motion by Kathleen Doran-Norton and seconded by Glen Castore; all approved without change. The minutes from the October 5th work session were approved. Motion by Kathleen DoranNorton, seconded by Glen Castore; all approved without change. The correspondence for the month was discussed without note. A request for public comment on non-agenda items but no comments were brought up. Brian O’Connell came forward to discuss the process and time line of the proposed Gill/Prawer annexation. Some of the questions and concerns raised were: -Were any specific developers or businesses already involved? -Why this is being started if previously annexed areas were not yet developed? -Raised Concerns about sprawl and if industry will coincide with city vision? -If ordinances for the protections of residents and natural resources could be done prior to development? As this was only an initial discussion on the timeline of events, many of the specifics were unanswerable at this time. Supervisor Knecht discussed his handout on points for improving the Bridgewater/Dundas annexation agreement.


The supervisors then began a discussion on drainage issues at Gary Rock’s. While the opinion that the city of Dundas should be assisting Mr. Rock was expressed, it was also noted that this situation needed to be corrected and unclear how long it might take to receive assistance from Dundas. Kathleen Doran-Norton moved to grant $2000.00 to Mr. Rock from the landfill hosting fund; Glen Castore seconded. It was noted that 25% of that fund was to be used for remediation of the landfill and the remaining 75% was discretionary. The board decided this constituted a water and drainage issue which is a line item in the 20009 budget. Mr. Rock also noted that the amount he had been quoted was an estimate and not the actual final cost. It was requested that Mr. Rock return to advise the board of the total cost when the work is finished. Motion carried unanimously. John Shade from St. Olaf came forward to advise that his department was looking for financial assistance in testing nitrate levels in Rice Creek. He advised how this information could be beneficial to the township and that unlike a state certified water testing facility they could provide equal results at a lower cost. At this time he was only looking for and received permission to test at the Todd Nichols Property and was requesting $1500.00. It was noted that the township did allocate an amount of money in the previous budget that this would qualify for. The Board suggested contacting the residence on the other side of the creek as well, and if possible, to test both. Glen Castore moved to provide up to $3000.00 for the possibility if testing the two sides, Kathleen Doran-Norton seconded. It was requested to have regular updates provided. Kathleen Doran-Norton advised that while she did work at St. Olaf it was in a different department. Motion carried unanimously. In response to the Northfield annexation agreement which was discussed earlier supervisor Knecht noted how fortunate it was that due to the agreement the township was able to work with Northfield, which is not the case in all annexations that occur. Supervisor Knecht advised that part of the highway 19 mill/overlay and that CSAH 1 projects scheduled for next year would require detours for some time, but not as bad as some of the work in the past. It was noted again that Jim Braun was absent due to illness and the Planning and zoning report would be held off until next month. Brad Pfahning advised that while a year to date on the finances had not been done that barring unusual costs the township finances are on track and should be under budget. It was also noted that it was nearing the time to apply for grants to the parks and trails legacy program. Claims were provided at this time Kathleen Doran-Norton moved to approve; Glen Castore seconded. Motion carried unanimously

-A break was taken at this time to sign checksRoad status was discussed without major issue. It was noted that as part of the Dundas ARD that there would be a meeting on Thursday October 15th 3pm at Community Resource Bank with the Dundas city council. The Spring Brook Creek discussion group would meet again on Friday October 16th at 7:30 am The Trail ordinances were continued to be worked on for simplicity and that a Bridgewater Planning Commission work session would occur on October 24th. The planning and zoning report would wait until next month for Jim to recover. The stream inventory is still progressing per a motion past in a previous work session. Glen Castore moved to adjourn Kathleen Doran-Norton seconded. Motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 9:05pm. Michael Norton, Interim Clerk


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