MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

PALMER TOWNSHIP

AUGUST 9TH, 2021

The regular meeting of the Palmer Township Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Palmer Township Hall, with Supervisors Ganz, Demeules and Larson present. Also present was, Amy Bragelman Township Clerk, and Roger Johnson Treasurer. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Treasurer’s Report: Roger Johnson read the balances from the Treasurer's report. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Supervisor Demeules seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Sheriff’s Report: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of July in Palmer Township. There were 123 calls for service as compared to 83 in 2020 and 163 in 2019. There were 24 traffic stops, 8 offenses charged by citation and no crashes with injury and 1 property damage. There were no burglaries, one theft, and 27 boating contacts with 4 citations written. There were no shooting calls, one DUI, no parking violations and 1 property damage. A town member reported that there was another accident on the intersection of 20 and 3, where a flashing stop sign was added. Chairman Ganz brought up the idea of putting a permanent speed sign up. Commander Stangler said that the cost may be around $10,000.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that shouldering of roads started and should be completed soon. The bituminous seal coat bid was brought up. Chairman Ganz motioned to do 95th Ave S.E. if they held the price at $23,000 and not before they could look at a road that was done in Santiago Supervisor Demules Seconded and the motion was carried. More patching will be done after Palmer Day, as well as brushing.

Fire Department: Captain Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 7/12/21 – 8/09/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 16 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 5 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 3 being medical, 2 fire, and no auto accidents.

P.E.C: Nothing to report

Park Report: Chairman Ganz asked Mitch Hoeffer if there was anything to report. Mitch stated that there are still dogs at the park and someone has been driving a golf cart and four-wheeler down at the park, which has resulted in some damage. Ganz said he talked to the kids on the golf cart and would ask Commander Stangler if there is an age limit or an ordinance for golf carts. Chairman Ganz said that if they are a service dog there is little to nothing that the township can do about them being in the park. The topic of pavilion rental was brought up, and it was concluded that the water would be shut off in October. In conclusion the last month the park could be rented would be September. Tennis Court was brought up the bid from Dermco came 2back at 82 thousand. No decision was made. The option of having music in the park was brought up as a thought for next summer.

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Lake Association: Steve Demeules reported that there is a general meeting on Saturday at 10am at the Town Hall to talk about budget Election of new board members. At Saturday’s meeting Dan from soil and water will be in attendance. They are still looking for help at Palmer Day, specifically help with setup on Friday and cooking the day of. They still have money for anyone who is interested in shoreline restoration. The T-lid is busy dealing with the purple loosestrife found in the bayou and at the eastside of Rush Lake. Annual meeting is August 21 at 10am at the Town Hall.

Legal Comments: Nothing to Report

Approval of Minutes: Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the July minutes as written. Supervisor Larson seconded it and the motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. There was a meeting pertaining to the Wipper Pit with the County and the board on. The next step will be to counter the offer then it would be up to the Township to approve or deny said purchase. The pit would potentially be bought for the community to have a drop site for leaves and brush.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Liquor license was approved for the new owners of Kinitski’s Supervisor Demules made a motion to approve Chairman Ganz Seconded Motion was carried.

2. County parking ordinance changes was voted on it passed 7 to 2 but is now going back for additional comments. They are trying to pass an ordinance that state every vehicle that is on homeowners’ property must be on an impervious surface, that is contradictory to the 25% ordinance. Supervisor Demules will be at next Thursday’s meeting for clarification.

3. The concept for the Weis property park was presented and will be posted at the Town Hall.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS:

Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21167- #21192, plus payroll, Connexus and Eddie’s for a total of $31,652.12. Supervisor Larson seconded it and the motion carried.

Chairman Ganz made a motion to adjourn. Supervisor Demeules seconded and motion was carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Clerk Approved as reviewed September 13, 2021

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