JUNE 14TH, 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 May in Palmer Township.

There were 108 calls for service as compared to 84 in 2020 and 84 in 2019. There were 31 traffic stops, 7 offenses charged by citation and 2 crashes with injury and 1 property damage. There were no burglaries, no thefts, and 3 calls for ATV/Boat/Snowmobiles. There were no shooting calls, no DUI’s, 2 parking violations and 2 property damage. Chairman Ganz discussed enforcing the no dog ordinance at the park, and inquired about the rules on Service Dogs. Commander Stangler did not off head know the laws on Service Dogs but would check into it and get back to Chairman Ganz.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that we purchased a tar wagon and have spread 8 tons of tar since 6/7/2021. Chairman Ganz got a complaint about a yard that hasn’t been seeded. Neighbors are complaining about the amount of dirt that blows into their yard. Steve Demeules will call the county. Chairman Ganz discussed our policy on mailboxes. Only if it is in a contract to do so the township does it, or if a snowplow takes it down. Chairman Ganz stated that the Culvert needs to be replaced on 62 1/8th mile North of County RD 3, and is in the process of getting bids.

Fire Department: Captain Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 5/10//21 – 6/14/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 37 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 16 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 14 being medical, 1 fire, and 1 auto accident. Chairman Ganz stated that the firehall doors were fixed.

P.E.C: Nothing to report

Park Report: Chairman Ganz stated this year’s Palmer Ball was the biggest in history; with a turnout of 289 kids. Chairman Ganz spoke with the Apprentice Coordinator for the Roofers Union and they are going to patch our whole then next year a class will come out and fix the Roof Labor will be free. Clerk Bragelman gave tennis court report. Survey came back with 18 in favor of fixing the tennis court, 5 people would like to see funds transferred, 3 people would like only pickle ball, and 43 for tennis and pickle ball. Clerk Bragelman will call and get new bids.

Lake Association: Steve Demeules reported that Lake Association had their first general meeting on 6/11/2021 with 45 people in attendance. Fire works will be held Friday the 2nd at dusk. Boat parade is Saturday line up starts at 11:30. There is money available for shoreline projects, information is available on there website. Still looking for volunteers for Palmer Day and Mc.Donalds Meats brat sale. Tlid in the process of preparing for their annual meeting in August.

Legal Comments: Nothing to Report

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



1. Rezone Agricultural to Shoreland Residential - John Walker -PID # 40-034-1101 11098 57th ST. Wants to go to general rural for the purpose of sale. John would keep his lake property and list the adjacent 9-acre property. Supervisors raised concerns that the non-conforming lot would need variances. Supervisors Demeules will send comment to the county.

2. Septic Variance – Toralv Dahle – PID # 40-404-0155 4640 115th AVE. Requesting a 5’ variance in setback from the side property line for a septic system upgrade. Required set back from the side property line is 10’. Septic is not failing but is not up to code. Supervisor Demeules inquired if Neighbors had any issues, Dahle responded no. The septic system is a 15 hundred gallon holding tank on the road side. Supervisor Demeules said he saw no issues and would send his comments to the county.

3. Chairman Ganz made motion to approve the Briggs Lake General Store Tobacco License Renewal. Supervisor Demeules Second and the motion was carried.

4. Bruce Messelt gave a presentation on Sherburne County Activities. After the presentation 3 residents spoke with Bruce about their concerns for the safety of other citizens pertaining to the intersection of 3 and 20. They have requested a LED stop light for a number of years, due to the number of accidents and fatalities. Bruce told them that they have to follow State guide lines as to what needs to be done to this intersection. Also, they would be having a meeting the next morning. He assured the residents that he would make their concerns clear to the committee. Bruce promised to keep everyone posted as to what decision was made.


Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21048- #21064, plus payroll, plus Connexus for a total of $11,918.93. 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 8:45 p.m.

Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Clerk                                                                                                       Approved as reviewed July 12, 2021