March 14, 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 Zoom. Also present was, Amy Bragelman Town hall Clerk. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer’s Report: Roger Johnson read the balances from the Treasurer's report. Supervisor Steve Demeules made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report Chairman Ganz Second. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff’s Report: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of February. There were 83 calls for service as compared to 74 in 2020 and 59 in 2019. There were 24 traffic stops, 6 offenses charged by citation, no crashes with injury and no crashes with property damage. There were no burglary attempts, no thefts, and 2 Snowmobile stops. There was no DUI’s, no parking violations and no property damage. James Langowski inquired about speeding that is happening around the lakes, and how we could solve this ongoing problem better. Commander Stangler stated that they are patrol the lakes but officers due have other duties. Chairman Ganz inquired about the speed bumps that was discussed back in October. Ganz asked Clerk Bragelman if she could find that email. This may help reduce speeding. Char Langowski brought up the fact that there are a number of Airbnb’s in the area that are causing Parking and speeding issues. Supervisor Demeules stated that Zoning is current looking into short term rentals.
Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that hopefully we are done with plowing for the year. We have 2 stop ahead signs of 54th that need to be fixed this spring. Chairman Ganz talk to the Attorney about giving someone permission to plow across the road. The Attorney stated that under no circumstances is that legal per Minnesota Statute and is a misdemeanor. Copy of this Statute can be obtained by clerk during normal business hours. Ganz mentioned that sweeping will be done on the Roads this spring. Carla Suckert inquired if someone could put out cones on the corner of 42nd street there is a lot of water and it is covering a pothole. Supervisor Larson said he would put out cones. Supervisor Demeules brought up speed radar signs. They are about 4,000 a piece and they are solar. This may help with speeding around the lakes.
Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 2/14/21-03/14/22 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 16 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 5 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 3 medical and 2 fires. Supervisor Demeules asked if they could move the Fire board meeting because it conflicts with another meeting. Ron stated that they could possibly move it to the April 20th.
P.E.C: Roger reported that Republic is available on May 7th they will take appliances and electronics. Chairman Ganz stated that we will be short on help that day and we should try to move the date to either April 30th or June 4th. Ganz said that we should get an estimate prior to the event.
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Park Report: Chairman Ganz stated that ski trails are done for the year. At the end of March, a class will be coming out to work on the Candy Shack roof. Palmer Ball sign up will be held on May 7th from 10 to 12 also Monday May 9th from 5pm to 7pm. Palmer Ball information can be found on Palmer Ball website. Harry Ernzer inquired about the band shelter. Mike Ganz stated that he is getting a quote from the nursery for some landscaping. Mike said that we are also looking into a grant from the DNR to fix the Tennis courts. This grant, if we are able to receive it, will cover 50% of the cost. Demeules reported that the grant is very involved. Mike stated that the septic also needs to be updated
Lake Association: Demeules reported that there is talk of possible testing for Blue Green alga due to the fact that it is a public safety concern. Not sure as to what the cost is for that yet. Tlid is looking into grants for Alum treatment. Ice camping was discussed and how it affects our lakes. Ganz stated that a dumping site at the Wipper pit, if the Township acquired it, would be a great option.
Legal Comments: Nothing to report
Approval of Minutes: Chairman Ganz asked for approval of February minutes as written. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve, Chairman Ganz seconded and the motion carried.
ARPA FUND: Nothing was purchased last month. Chairman Ganz reported that we are looking into remodeling the office for social distancing purposes. Demeules report that we have 2 quotes for security camera at the Town hall. Security and Sound came in at 8,400 for 8 cameras and Wright Hennepin came in at 7,500. Most of the cameras are on a motion detector, the hope being that if there is a theft in town or vandalism it could help with prosecution. We would not be able to put cameras at the park at this time due to the lack of Wifi. Demeules made a motin to go with Wright Hennepin quote Larson seconded and motion was carried unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS: Wipper Pit. Steve Demueles will be having an Open House for the Wipper Pit on March 30th at 7pm at the Town Hall. This will be posted at the Town Hall and in the paper. Mitch Hofer inquired about the cost of grinding. Steve Demeules reported that it is 9.87 dollars a ton. The county is willing to work with us in the time that it will take to get the concert ground. The environmental testing should be done sometime in April.
NEW BUSINESS: Reorganization. Supervisor Ganz and Supervisors made a motion to approve Fire contract, Gopher Bounty at $3, Tax Levi at 4%, and a dollar raise for Clerk, Maintenance persons, and Election Judges. Effective April 1st. Motion was carried unanimously. Ganz will keep his position as Chairman.
Vacate Roadway of Suckert property
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Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #22050-22080 plus payroll, for a total of $35,209.89 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 8:21 p.m.
Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Clerk Approved as reviewed April 12th, 2022