MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING
PALMER TOWNSHIP
January 13, 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.


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 reported on the December statistics for Palmer Township. The records management service has not yet been corrected but is scheduled for January 21st, 2020. Captain Stangler did report that there was one theft, one crash with injury and two crashes with damage to property during the month of December. Traffic stops, citations and accidents are unable to calculate at this time. There was one call regarding an ATV in the ditch, one report of shots heard but was unable to locate. There was one parking violation in which the car was removed. Captain Stangler would like to remind the public not to push snow across the township or county roads. It is a state law and any snow that will need to be removed from the roads or road right of way will be done at the owners expense. There was a question if something can be done about the amount of traffic that comes off of the lake at the canoe access during evening hours. Captain Stangler stated he will do some observation in the area.


Road Maintenance/Signs: John Herbst reported he continues to salt, sand and plow the township roads during snow events. Mitch Hoefer reported there was a street sign knocked down on 57th which has been temporarily put back up. He has ordered a new sign to be installed in the spring.
Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren reported there were a total of 21 calls from 12/9/19 - 1/13/20. Of those calls, 5 were in Palmer Township all being medical. One constituent inquired about donating stuffed animals in which he responded they can be dropped off at the fire hall.


P.E.C: Roger Johnson reported he has started to make the initial contacts to coordinate Earth Day 2020. He is requesting May 2nd and will confirm when he receives information from our vendors.


Park Report: Chairman Ganz reported that the ski trails at the park are groomed. As a side note Chairman Ganz wanted to assure the Palmer Township residents that the snowmobile groomer is owned and operated by the Sherburne County Trail Association. It is funded by the State of Minnesota and does not receive any funding from the township of Palmer.


Lake Association: Supervisor Demeules reported that Ice Day is scheduled for February 1st, and the garage sales have been scheduled for May 7th - 10th. Membership mailings will be going out to the landowners within the next week.


Legal Comments: Nothing to report


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


OLD BUSINESS: - Roger Johnson reported he has received 3 estimates from St. Cloud Refrigeration on a 4kw replacement boiler, a natural gas boiler and a 60kw electric boiler. He recommends getting two more bids before making a decision on the route to take for a new boiler system which covers the fire hall, library, sheriff's office and storage area. He will obtain these bids and report at the next meeting.


NEW BUSINESS:
1 Paul Braun - Request for IUP - 4701 98th Ave - Down Range Training Concepts
Paul Braun explained in detail the intention of his gun training facility in which he is requesting an Interim Use Permit on the private property at 4701 98th Ave. Mr. Braun stated he is estimating conducting approximately 6 -7 training courses per month. He provided information on the safety regulations required for building the berm for the shooting range used for his courses. He also provided specific information as to each type of class, how many participants, time frame of classes, actual shooting time and approximate rounds used in each class. He reported that the shooting will be aimed north in the Earthen Berm Impact Zone built on the property. He also stated that his facility is not open to the public for general shooting. It is for instructional purposes only. The floor was open for questions and concerns. The question was raised as to the noise level and the frequency of the shooting. Neighbors voiced concern about the sound of shooting that has already been heard for hours at a time. Mr. Braun reiterated his proposed schedule with shooting time frames for each class. Supervisor Larson questioned if a wood wall can be built to help decrease the noise level. Mr. Braun has not considered building a wall at this time. There was a question if noise suppressors could be added to the guns. Mr. Braun stated that due to cost and variety it is not an option at this time. Safety issues were also brought up as a concern due to neighboring children playing nearby. There was question as to what could be done to prevent the gun range from obtaining the IUP. Chairman Ganz explained that the decision comes from Sherburne County and that Palmer Township does not have authority to grant or deny IUP requests. The purpose of the meeting is for informational purposes only and that the Township can forward community concerns to Sherburne County to be considered at their board meeting. There will be a public hearing scheduled in which concerns can be heard individually at that meeting. After much discussion focusing mainly on noise level and frequency of the shooting, the Palmer Township Board will send the following recommendations to the Sherburne County Board for their consideration.
1. No classes held on Mondays
2. Limit the amount of classes which would cut down the amount of noise
3. Specify time limits and amount of rounds when shooting
4. Administer a sound study to measure levels of noise on neighboring property's
5. The berm was stated to be higher than required by law - the township would like a condition
that requires it to be maintained at its present size for the life of the IUP.
6. Many residents voiced concerns with noise levels they are presently hearing, the Town Board
would like the Zoning Commission to consider all and any conditions that would help reduce
those concerns.
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Chairman Ganz made a motion to send the above recommended comments to the county for consideration. Supervisor Demueles seconded and the motion carried.


2. Election Judge Appointments for the year 2020
Clerk McCann read the following list of election judges for appointment for the 4 elections scheduled in 2020.
Kelly McCann, Muriel Susan Brown, Suzanne Chmielewski, Marilyn Humble, Paul Braun, Barbara Keenan, Nancy Hahn, Sandy Kunstlebun, Nancy Lorenz, Diane Johnson, Sheila Reinke, Carol Kufner, Char DeMarais
Chairman Ganz made a motion to appoint the above listed election judges. Supervisor Demeules seconded and the motion carried.


3. Contract Renewal - Tri County Humane Society 2020
The Tri County Humane Society contract is up for its annual renewal for stray dogs. The contract has no changes from the previous year. Supervisor Larson made a motion to renew the contract for another year. Supervisor Demeules seconded and the motion carried.


4. Driveway Permit for Parcel 40-027-1100 between 49th and 50th. Tommy Thomalla
Mr. Thomalla stated he purchased property on the corner of 49th and 50th along with a small portion of land with lake access to Lake Julia. He initially put in a driveway this fall for purposes of gaining easy access to the lake along with access to building a house on the large portion of the property. A permit was not obtained prior to putting in the driveway. Due safety concerns with the elevated road and it being positioned on a corner, it was recommended to remove the driveway and rebuild it on 50th Ave. Mr. Thomalla stated he was unaware of the possible problems the location of the driveway could cause with traffic and snowplowing issues. Mr. Thomalla was open to suggestions and would like to meet with the builder and a supervisor for suggestions on the best location for the driveway.


COMMENTS/QUESTIONS:
Roger Johnson reported that Cummings did the routine maintenance on the generator and recommended replacing the battery in the spring as it will be two years old. Roger reported that the cost will be estimated around $200.00. Chairman Ganz made a motion to get the battery replaced. Supervisor Demeules seconded and the motion carried.


Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #20001 through #20023, plus payroll, plus Berger Custom Woodworks and Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration for a total of 28,733.79.


Chairman Ganz made a motion to adjourn. Supervisor Demeules seconded and motion was carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:17 pm.


Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk                                                                                            Approved as reviewed January 13, 2020