January 10th, 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 Town hall Clerk. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer’s Report: Supervisor Steve Demeules read the balances from the Treasurer's report. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report Supervisor Larson Second. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff’s Report: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of December. There were 72 calls for service as compared to 59 in 2020 and 63 in 2019. There were 8 traffic stops, 2 offenses charged by citation, no crashes with injury and 1 crash with property damage. There was 1 burglary attempt, 3 thefts, and 2 Snowmobile complaints. There was no DUI’s, no parking violations and no property damage.
Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that we should salt and sand. Supervisor Larson said he would call Herbst tomorrow. Chairman Ganz stated that this Spring we another 30 mile an hour sign on 115th and the old one moved down. Leaf one of the organizers for Ice Day brought up concerns for parking, which will be held on February 12th. Ideas were tossed around. The best being someone could patrol the road and have one lane of traffic and park alongside road, from 12 to 4. Vehicles will be parked along private property as long as property owners are asked ahead of time. Event planners are asking that no one parks on ice the day of the event.
Fire Department: Captain Ryan Peterson gave the monthly call report for the time period of 12/13/21-01/10/22 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 18 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 6 of those calls were for Palmer Township, all being medical. The Fire Department is working with authorities to centralize Helicopter landing zone. Captain Peterson asked if we could Plow the field adjacent to the Town Hall. Chairman Ganz said that wouldn’t be a problem and will have Supervisor Larson plow it this week.
P.E.C: Roger reported that we should start to think about when we would like to host Palmer clean up day. Chairman stated that either May 7th or the 21st would work. We would revisit the date at February meeting.
Snow Plow Policy: Chairman Ganz stated that the policy needs to be revised.
Park Report: Ski trails are in the process of being groomed. A quote was acquired for Spring Toys. A duck, a turtle, and a fire truck came in at 967 apiece. Chairman Ganz forwarded the quote to the Clear Lake Lions, who have shown interest in replacing the spring toys. Clint Schendzielos stated they had talked about the spring toys at the last lions meeting and the funding is on the way. Mitch Hoefer brought up buying a new mower for the park. Mitch spoke
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to someone at Arnolds and they stated that if the Township was interested in a new mower, then we may want to order soon, because the wait could be up to 6 months.
Lake Association: Walt Munsterman reported on water testing that had been done for the lake chain, and on Elk. Lake testing was done to show the progress o Phosphorous, Chlorophyll, and water clarity. Next here the BLCA hopes to add Blue- green algae to the testing. The report showed continued progress in the health of the lakes. Munsterman report that the continued shore line restoration project is a contributor to the progress of the lake, however low water levels may have caused an increase in Phosphorous readings. Walt stated that we may want to look into the affect that the big wake boats have on the health of the lakes. There is a study that the TLID is following concerning wake boats on lake Minnatonka and the affect they have on Shore line and the over all health of the lakes. Walt stated that in the future we may need to work with the DNR. All of the graph and studies will be posted on the BLCA website. Munsterman thanked the volunteers’ that help with taking samples of the lakes and the Township for compensation of testing.
Legal Comments: Nothing to report
Approval of Minutes: Chairman Ganz asked for approval of December minutes as written. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve, Supervisor Larson seconded and the motion carried.
ARPA Fund: Demules stated that no new Purchase have been made. We have received quotes for toilets, sinks and will be getting a quote for security cameras. We have until 2024 to spend the money.
OLD BUSINESS: Wipper Pit. Steve Demueles is in the process of getting an appraisal. There are very few people that have the expertise to appraise the pit because it is commercial and a gravel pit. As soon as an appraisal is obtained, we can schedule an open house. Rinke - Noonan wrote up a formal purchase agreement and stipulation but it has not been signed by either party. Steve stated as soon as we get all of the information pertaining to the property then we can present it to residents. Residents asked about soil samples. Demeules stated that they’re environmental samples that have to be taken. Residents questioned what will be done with the concrete. Demeules stated that it will be ground, used, and possibly sold. Demeules stated that for the last 15 years we have been looking for a composite site this end of the county because of the weeds and yard trimming around the lake. This may be the answer.
NEW BUSSINESS: Chairman Ganz stated that our contract is up on the generator with Cummings. We will be looking for a new service provider. Supervisor Larson will get quotes.
Chairman Ganz stated, Lonnie and Carla Suckert vacation of property public hearing will be held after the Town Hall Meeting, February 14th. Dan Cibulka with soil and water would like to possibly use the Town Hall for Meetings. Demueles stated that since we work closely with Dan
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that he wouldn’t have to pay for his use of the Town Hall. Ganz made a motion and Steve Second. Motion was carried.
Supervisor Demeules stated that in order to enforce the High Water Ordinace we have to publish in the paper when it takes effect and when it is to be removed. High Water Ordinance will be rewritten, certified by the County, and ready for February meeting.
1. Chairman Ganz stated
2. Clint Schendzielos inquired about the possibility of adding video cameras to the town hall building facing the road. There have been recent thefts in Palmer and thought it may be helpful to have cameras that could video vehicles using the main road going through Palmer for investigative purposes. Supervisor Demeules added that it might be a good idea to add cameras at the park also.
Supervisor Larson made a motion to approve claims #21263-21279 plus payroll, for a total of $19,020.74. Chairman Ganz 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.
Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Deputy Clerk Approved as reviewed February 14, 2022