August 10, 2020

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 Kelly McCann, Township Clerk, and Roger Johnson, Treasurer. David Meyers, Township Attorney was absent for this meeting. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Sheriff’s Report: Captain Bob Stangler read the Statistic report for July 2020 in Palmer Township. There were 83 calls for service compared to 163 in 2019 and 116 in 2018. There were 15 traffic stops and 3 offenses charged by citation. No burglaries, thefts or crashes with property damage reported. There was one crash with injury, one ATV warning and 14 boat complaints with 1 citation. There were no DUI's or shooting reported. There were two parking warnings given. Captain Stangler reported that the calls for service were much lower this year compared to last year due to less traffic stops. Chairman Ganz asked if the extra patrol coalition for cell phone usage while driving was state wide? He stated that all law enforcement officers are involved in the initiative. Chairman Ganz also asked if the Sheriff's department could pay close attention to the speeding done in the early morning on 42nd street going from Lake Julia to Hwy 25 and also on the new tar on 54th Street. There were no further questions.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that 54th has been tarred and the driveways are complete. Signs are up to date. He recommended that brushing and ditch mowing should be done in the month of September.

Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren reported that the Clear Lake Fire Department had 18 calls from July 18th through August 10th. Eight of those calls were for Palmer Township, 6 being medical, 1 gas leak and 1 power line down. There were no other questions for the fire department at this time.

P.E.C: Clean-up day has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29th. Due to the COVID restrictions Chairman Ganz recommended collecting a standard fee of $20.00 per load along with having the participants self-unload their own vehicles/trailers. We will have volunteers at each station to direct them to which unit the items should go into. We will not be accepting appliances, electronics or hazardous waste this year.

Park Report: The second pickle ball court has been striped.

Lake Association: Supervisor Demeules reported that new officers were elected at the August annual meeting. TLID will also hold their annual meeting this month.

Legal Comments: Nothing to Report

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


1. Salary Clarification: At the last meeting a motion was made to increase the supervisor's salary beginning July 2020. Treasurer Johnson asked for clarification to what determines a meeting fee and if the Chairman's meeting fee is for every meeting or just the Palmer Township meeting. Supervisor Demeules stated that a meeting is considered anything that is advertised, has a quorum and requires minutes. He stated that his motion was for the Chairman to receive the same meeting fee for every meeting he attends.

2. Boiler Update: Roger reported that he met with a representative from St. Cloud Refrigeration who tested the entire system along with the elements. There are now 6 out of the 9 elements that are in need of replacement along with the two leaking valves. His recommendation was to replace all 9 elements, the two valves and to install a hanger for the larger boiler. The boiler system itself is still running efficiently. He recommended getting it tested every two years as it is 13 years old. SCR will send a quote pertaining to his recommendations. Supervisor Larson has also received quotes from two other refrigeration companies. Discussion will resume at the next meeting when all quotes have been received.

3. Trailer Purchase: At the last meeting it was proposed to purchase a dump trailer with a removable metal box for tar patching purposes. It will also be used to pick up brush and miscellaneous items that have been discarded in township road right of way due to clean up day delays. Chairman Ganz made a motion to accept the purchase of a 14ft dump trailer from Crawford Equipment in the amount of $7778.61. Supervisor Larson seconded it and the motion carried.


1. Variance Request - Richard Vosika: ROW setback for septic upgrade 6592 108th Ave

Mr. Vosika is requesting a 5' setback from the ROW to upgrade his septic system. He stated the current system is working fine but he is being proactive due to his age and upgrading the system in case he decides to sell in the near future. Supervisor Demeules stated that since this is an upgrade and improvement, Palmer Township has no issues with this request as presented. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to send favorable comment to Sherburne County. Chairman Ganz seconded it and the motion carried.

2. Variance Request - Kent Jorgensen: Setback from ROW for storage shed. 11421 42nd St SE.

Mr. Jorgensen stated he purchased the lot 11 years ago with a cement slab already located on the property. He would like to put a portable shed on the existing slab and therefore is requesting a 41' variance in setback from the ROW. Supervisor Demueles stated that since the impervious surface will not change as he is using the existing slab, Palmer Township has no issues with this request. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to send favorable comment to Sherburne County as long as the county regulations are met. Chairman Ganz seconded it and the motion carried.

3. CUP Request - James and Charlene Langowski: Personal Storage structure PID# 40-459-0148

Mr. and Mrs. Langowski are requesting a CUP for a personal storage structure located on the property they recently purchased across the street from their residence. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to send favorable comment to Sherburne County as long as all county ordinances and regulations are followed. Chairman Ganz seconded it and the motion was carried.

4. Variance Request - Mark Neimann - Setback from OHWL for Briggs Creek for septic holding

tank. PID# 40-406-0159 - 11149 42nd Street. Mr. Neimann was represented by Angela Busse, septic designer for the request of a 71' variance in setback from the OHWL of Briggs Creek for a holding tank. Being the Briggs Creek is a trout stream, the required setback is 200'. The current tank is currently 1250 gallon which will be replaced by a new 1500 gallon tank. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to send favorable comment to Sherburne County as long as all county ordinances and regulations are followed. Chairman Ganz seconded it and the motion was carried.

5. CARES Act: Supervisor Demeules attended an informational meeting regarding the Cares Act which provides municipalities with funds to recuperate the cost of COVID related expenditures which were not anticipated in the original budget. Palmer Township is eligible to receive $62,000 based on our population. We have applied for this fund. Funds that are not used by November 15th will be passed on to Sherburne County. The next meeting regarding the Cares Act will be held on August 26th. Treasurer Johnson has made new claim forms specifically for COVID related expenses. Claims will need to be approved by the Supervisors at the town board meetings.


Chairman Ganz read a thank you card from our Library Volunteer, Donna Schmidt. The supervisors and township employees decided to personally acknowledge Donna for her dedication to keeping our library up to date and highly organized on a weekly basis. Donna is here every Tuesday to rotate books, organize shelves and make room for new books by taking doubles and slow moving books to the vets, little libraries and other charities in need of reading material. She does an amazing job!!

Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #20174 - 20196, plus payroll, Connexus and Vonn's Trucking for a total of $32,815.81. 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 8:14pm.

Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk Approved as reviewed September 14, 2020