MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

PALMER TOWNSHIP

February 8, 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 Kelly McCann, Township Clerk. Roger Johnson, Treasurer and David Meyers, Township Attorney were not in attendance. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Treasurer’s Report: Chairman Ganz 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: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of January in Palmer Township.

There were 67 calls for service as compared to 60 in 2020 and 63 in 2019. There were 25 traffic stops, 3 offenses charged by citation and two crash’s with property damage. There were no burglaries, no crashes with injury, no calls for ATV/Boat/Snowmobiles, no shooting calls, no DUI’s, no parking violations and no property damage. Commander Stangler reported that since December there has been mail theft reported. One vehicle has been apprehended in which mail was found that was not addressed to the vehicle owner. Commander Stangler also reported concerns with unemployment filing fraud and warned the public to keep an eye on their accounts.


Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz reported that due to road/weather conditions he has asked Herbst Excavating to add more salt and sand to the roads over the weekend. Chairman Ganz also stated that we should start looking into either purchasing or designing a tar box for the trailer so it will be ready for spring.


Fire Department: Chief Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 1/11/21 – 2/8/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 18 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. Five of those calls were for Palmer Township, all being medical calls.


P.E.C: Chairman Ganz spoke to Roger Johnson who is currently working on Palmer Clean-up Day with vendors to reserve a date. Central Appliance will no longer do on-site recycling or rent cages. Chairman Ganz recommended that we do no accept appliances as part of our collection.


Park Report: Chairman Ganz reported that the cross-country ski trails are being used at the Park.


Lake Association: Walt Munsterman from the Briggs Lake Chain Association presented the results from the Water Testing Program for 2020. The report showed grafts of changes in the water clarity, phosphorous, and chlorophyll in the 4 lakes. He stated that the changes noted could possibly be due to less rain in 2020 along with more boat traffic. The BLCA is currently looking for volunteers to do lake testing this summer. Supervisor Demeules reported that the BLCA is working on applying for grants to help stop the milfoil in Elk Lake. They will also be contracting with Soil and Water to do approximately 600 hours of boat inspections this summer. Soil and Water will also be doing a seminar at the boat landing to discuss the increase in golden clams in Briggs Lake.


Legal Comments: Nothing to Report


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



OLD BUSINESS:


NEW BUSINESS:


1. Approval of Election Judges – 2021

The following election judges are trained and available to serve at the March township election.

Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve the elections judges and Chairman Ganz seconded it.

The motion carried.

Kelly McCann, Sandy Kunstleben, Susie Brown, Marilyn Humble, Sue Chmielewski, Nancy Hahn, and Nancy Lorentz-Berg


2. Nick Musachio – Septic design review - 5262 100th Ave - Mr. Musachio presented the Board with his septic design stating that the septic system would land approximately 14ft into the township ROW. Sherburne County Zoning requested that this design would be brought to the Board for review prior to applying for a variance. After discussion the supervisors stated that the Board saw no reason not to issue Mr. Musachio a Row agreement. We will finalize it when the variance is formally presented in the future.


3. Ordinance for Park Rules – Rules for the Park have been established and posted at the Palmer Park. In order for the rules to be enforced a Township Ordinance has to be issued. Ordinance #114 was drafted which will pertain to all township rules on all township property including the Town Hall, public landings and the Palmer Park. After review of Ordinance #114 Chairman Ganz made a motion to pass the ordinance, Supervisor Demeules seconded it and the motion carried. Supervisor Larson recommended adding a rule to the posted signs that using the garbage dumpsters for household garbage is prohibited.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS:


1. Maureen Havert inquired about who is currently on the ballot for the March Election. Steve Demeules is currently running for the next three-year term.


2. Kelly McCann stated that our current volunteer for the Township Library has decided to pass on her duties to anyone interested in volunteering to keep the library organized. Anybody looking for a volunteer opportunity can contact Kelly McCann, township clerk.


3. Chairman Ganz recommended getting business cards for the Township that the supervisors can hand out to residents and contractors when contact information needs to be exchanged. This would include the township logo and contact information to the town hall.


Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21021 - 21038, plus payroll, plus Connexus for a total of $71,592.01. 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 7:45 p.m.



BOARD OF AUDIT


At 7:47 pm Chairman Ganz called the Board of Audit to order. A review of the clerk’s and treasurer’s summary dated January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 was held. No discrepancies were noted. A motion was made by Chairman Ganz and seconded by Supervisor Demeules to approve the books. The motion carried unanimously. Board of Audit was closed at 7:52pm.


Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk                                  Approved as reviewed March 8, 2021