February 14th, 2022
The regular meeting of the Palmer Township Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Palmer Township Hall, with Chairman Ganz Supervisors Demeules and Larson present. Treasurer Roger Johnson were present via phone call. Also present was, Amy Bragelman Township Clerk. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Roger Johnson read the balances from the Treasurer's report. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report Supervisor Demeules Second. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff’s Report: Sargent Andy Ochs read the Sheriff’s report for the month of January. There were 79 calls for service as compared to 67 in 2021 and 60 in 2020. There were 19 traffic stops, 2 offenses charged by citation, no crashes with injury and 2 crashes with property damage. There were no burglary attempts, 1 theft, and 3 Snowmobile complaints. There was no DUI’s, no parking violations and 1 mailbox damage. Chairman Ganz stated to Sargent Ochs that there has been parking issues on 115th, 114th and 42nd street, where new homes are being built.
Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that he spoke to Herbst about a gravel road that has been missed a few times. The issue of residents plowing snow across the road wright – of – way was brought up once again. Chairman Ganz stated that we may want to hand out flyers to the offenders that states the violation and statutes. Citations may need to be given out to repeat offenders.
Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 1/11/21-2/14/22 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 18 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 6 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 5 being medical and 1 Fire.
P.E.C: Roger reported that he called Central Appliance and it doesn’t sound like they will be a viable entity for Clean-up Day, due to staff shortages. Roger contacted the County to see if Republic or Midway could collect appliances and electronics but he hasn’t heard back as of yet. May 7th was the most preferred date to host Clean-up Day.
Park Report: Ski trails are being used. Residents are grateful and enjoying them. Chairman Ganz discussed possible grants funding from the DNR for trails and park funding.
Lake Association: Supervisor Demeules stated that the T LID and BLCA are apply for grants though the DNR. These grants could possibly be used for weed spraying. PLM, of Brainerd, is the contractor that will be doing the spraying this year. PLM has a 3-to-5-year plan to combat the weeds. The hope being that after that time period spraying will be minimal. Demeules also reminded residents that shoreline work needs a permit from the county, and removal of plants or addition of chemicals needs to be approved by DNR. Demeules stated that the amount of garbage being left on the lakes is incredible. Residents stated that the amount of feces left on the lakes is incredible. Residents suggested that the DNR may need to get involved as ice camping is
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becoming more popular. We do a lot of work trying to combat weeds and the health of our lakes to have them destroyed in the winter by feces that is left or thrown into the waters.
Legal Comments: Steve Demeules reported that the Water Service Ordinance was completed and will be published. Steve made a motion to approve the New Water Service Ordinance as revised Mike Ganz Second and motion was carried
Approval of Minutes: Chairman Ganz asked for approval of January minutes as written. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve, Supervisor Larson seconded and the motion carried.
ARPA Fund: Demeules stated that the fund allotted for the towns for lost revenue replacement category can be allocated for any lost revenue due to covid. As of today, Palmer Township has received 139,553.42. Steve Demeules made a motion to approve and motion was carried unanimously. Demeules got a bid for a security system from, Security and Sound. With eight cameras installed, with the possibility of adding eight more later on. As for the park, the bid is still being worked on, due to Wi-Fi the park would have its own system. Chairman Ganz stated that we should get another quote.
OLD BUSINESS: Wipper Pit. Steve Demeules spoke with Lynn Waytashek, Marc Schneider, and Dave Lucas from the County. They are very excited about the idea of Palmer Township acquiring the pit as a compost site. Steve talked with West Central Environmental Consultants they will be doing a phase one soil sample. They will try to wait until there is less snow on the ground. A resident asked what would the concrete be used for. Steve stated that we may be able to use it for Township roads, and the road for the compost site itself. Another question was brought up about how we would control who comes and goes. Steve stated that all of those logistics would be stated in the IUP. Mitch Hoefer inquired how often trucks will be coming and going from the site. Demeules stated that he couldn’t answer that question, but that resident would be hauling compost in and trucks will haul out.
NEW BUSSINESS: Approval of Election judges was made for March 8th election from 10am to 8pm followed by the Annual Meeting.
Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #22025 - 22044, plus payroll, for a total of 98,774.37. 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 8:05 p.m.
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BOARD OF AUDIT
At 8:07 pm Chairman Ganz called the Board of Audit to order. A review of the clerk’s and treasurer’s summary dated January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 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 8:08 PM
Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Deputy Clerk Approved as reviewed March 14, 2022