MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

PALMER TOWNSHIP

JULY 12TH, 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, Amy Bragelman Township Clerk, and Roger Johnson Treasurer. 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. Chairman Ganz seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Sheriff’s Report: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of June in Palmer Township.

There were 113 calls for service as compared to 55 in 2020 and 86 in 2019. There were 22 traffic stops, 7 offenses charged by citation and 0 crashes with injury and 1 property damage. There were no burglaries, 4 thefts, and 4 calls for ATV/Boat/Snowmobiles. There were no shooting calls, no DUI’s, 2 parking violations and 1 lost person later found and one lost dog that was later found, according to Facebook. Chairman Ganz commented that there is a semi parked on the road of 54th street. Chairman Ganz asked if there were any permits pulled for Fireworks. Commander Stangler didn’t know, but said that next year they could put out a reminder to residents that permits are a must for fireworks displays.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that he called John about mowing ditches and do some shouldering. There was a complaint on Lake Julia about some washouts. Clint was out sweeping around the Township. Ganz will call Jeff Rhodes to see when he is going to finish the parking lot. Brushing will happen around the lake this fall.

Fire Department: Captain Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 6/14//21 – 7/12/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 24 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 8 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 6 being medical, 2 fire, and 0 auto accidents. Captain Koren stated that Auto start needs to be looked.

P.E.C:

Park Report: Chairman Ganz stated that there are still dogs at the park during Palmer Ball.

Lake Association: Steve Demeules reported that Lake Association general meeting will be held Saturday August 14th. They are still looking for volunteers for Palmer Day. Fireworks and boat Parade went well.

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Legal Comments: Chairman Ganz talked to legal about whether or not a bible study can rent town hall on Sundays. Legal stated that is not a problem.

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

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Michael and Julie Krammer 10404 55th St SE PID# 40-028-4425. They are requesting two variances. One is an impervious surface and a side property line setback. They are at 29.1% of impervious surface. They will be putting all wood steps down to the lake with a landing halfway. The retaining wall will be removed, and resident went through soil and water for approval. He talked to the neighbors they have no issue with variance and lot line. Michael stated that he would get a letter from them confirming that. Supervisor Demules said he would send favorable comment to County and for significantly reducing impervious surface and would like to see the following conditions set. 1 No additional impervious surface allowed in the future. 2 Runoff mitigation set by SCWD. 3 The protection of hillside during and after construction.

2. Troy Tufto 4253 109th Ave SE PID 40-406-0121. They are requesting a Septic Variance due to the fact that their bed is failing. They will also be putting a pump in. Palmer Township has no issue, as long as all county & regulations are followed.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS:

Chris Cotton would like to reserve Hall starting in September on Sundays for Bible Study. Could be as many as 40 people per night, for the following 6 months. Set up would start at 5pm ending around 7pm followed by clean up. Supervisors decided on a 100-dollar deposit with no rental fee. The only problem would be that other rentals would have to be out by 5pm.

Chairman Ganz will be starting a snowmobile club, with first meeting being held on Tuesday the 27th.

Meeting with the county about land acquisition will be rescheduled for July 30, and will be posted this Wednesday.

Wages are normally discussed in April doesn’t mean they can’t discuss it but the board sees no issue in revisiting discussion in April

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Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21145- #21166, plus payroll, plus Connexus for a total of $77,067. 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 8:15 p.m.

Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Clerk Approved as reviewed August 9th, 2021

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