February 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, and David Meyers, Township Attorney. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Ganz opened the meeting with a moment of silence to honor Joe Goenner who passed away on January 27, 2020. Joe was a Clear Lake Township Board member and resident of Clear Lake Township for over 40 years.

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: In absence of Captain Stangler, Chairman Ganz read the January 2020 Sheriff's report on the Palmer Township statistics. Calls for service were 59 in 2020 as compared to 63 in 2019 and 131 in 2018. There were 18 traffic stops, 5 offenses charged by citation, no burglaries, and 1 theft of a tow hitch and ATV ramps. There were no crashes with injury or property damage. There were no shooting complaints, DUI's, parking violations or property damages reported in January. Chairman Ganz reported that the sheriff's department is still working on correcting the software for accurate statistics. There were no further questions.

Road Maintenance/Signs: John Herbst stated that per discussion with the township supervisors they have decided to try using straight sand on the roads versus a salt/sand mixture to prevent slipperiness during freeze/thaw temperatures and to lessen impact to the Lakes. John has contacted Knife River to obtain the straight sand.

Fire Department: Ryan Peterson gave the Monthly Call report for January 13 - February 10, 2020. There were a total of 25 calls for the fire department. Eleven calls were for Palmer Township, all were medical. Roger Johnson stated that Chad McKay has requested a key pad be added to the door on the fire hall. The current handle has been randomly sticking/freezing. Chairman Ganz made a motion to add a key pad to the fire hall door. Supervisor Larson seconded, and the motion carried. Roger will get pricing for a new key pad.

P.E.C: Roger Johnson reported that May 2nd has been set for Earth Day in Palmer Township. It will be held at the town hall from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. Vendors have been scheduled.

Park Report: Nothing new to report.

Lake Association: Walt Munsterman gave the annual report for the water testing of the Briggs Lake Chain. He noted that the water quality is improving at a slow rate. Due to the many high water events over the past summer the testing shows higher amounts of phosphorous which comes into the lake from the Bayou during flooding. They do not test during flooding events. Mr. Munsterman thanked the township for continuing to be a part of the lake chain's efforts to keep the lakes healthy. He also stated that there has been a lot of change in residents in the recent years, including cabins becoming year round homes. He stated that there needs to be increased education with new residents on how to improve water quality. Steve Demeules reported that the Briggs Lake Chain Association is hosting game night at the town hall on February 28th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. He also stated that the DNR has posted that they are now offering grants again and the TLID has applied.

Legal Comments: Due to the Citizen Tribune newspaper no longer being able to attend the monthly township meeting, David Meyers asked the supervisors to address how they would prefer to get the information to the public without waiting until the next month for approval of the minutes. It was suggested that a draft of the minutes be reviewed by the supervisors after the meeting. It was agreed that after any suggested corrections are made, a draft copy can be sent to the citizen for publishing. The minutes will not be placed on the website until final approval can be made at the next monthly meeting.

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

OLD BUSINESS: - Roger Johnson reported he is continuing to get bids for the boiler in the fire hall.


1 Clear Lake Lions - Request for alcohol permit for Palmer Day - Bob Wipper from the Clear Lake Lions requested an alcohol permit for Palmer Day which is scheduled for September 12, 2020. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve. Supervisor Larson seconded and the motion carried.

2. Sherburne County request for comment on setback ordinance: Nancy Riddle is requesting feedback on our current zoning ordinance that states in the Agricultural District there is a requirement for a 250" setback from a house to a property line that abuts farmland. Due to different situations that have arisen she is proposing an amendment to the ordinance which would change the 250' setback. After discussion, it was agreed that it would be beneficial to the residents of Palmer Township to change the setback from 250' to 100'. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to send favorable comment to Nancy Riddle to make the change. Chairman Ganz seconded it and the motion carried.


Walt Munsterman would like to inform the township board that in recent months there have been an abundance of dog owners who are not abiding by the current dog ordinance for Palmer Township. He is asking if the township can post the ordinance to make residents aware of the ordinance currently in place.

Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve claims #20026 through #20046, plus payroll, for a total of $99,472.40. Supervisor Demeules seconded it and the motion carried.

Chairman Ganz made a motion to adjourn. Supervisor Demeules seconded and motion was carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:44 pm.

Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk                                                                               Approved as reviewed March 10, 2020

At 7:46 pm Chairman Ganz called the Board of Audit to order. A review of the clerk's and treasurer's summary dated January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 was held. No discrepancies were noted. A motion was made by Chairman Ganz and seconded by Supervisor Demeules to approve the books. Motion carried unanimously. Board of Audit was closed at 7:54 pm.