APRIL 12, 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 Kelly McCann Deputy Clerk. Roger Johnson, Treasurer was in attendance via zoom. 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: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report for the month of March in Palmer Township.
There were 92 calls for service as compared to 52 in 2020 and 72 in 2019. There were 23 traffic stops, 6 offenses charged by citation and no crashes with injury or property damage. There were 2 burglaries, no thefts, and one call for ATV/Boat/Snowmobiles. There were no shooting calls, no DUI’s, one parking violation and no property damage. There were no further questions.
Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated he has contacted Sherburne County to inquire on where to purchase hot tar mix for patching. They currently get their mix from St. Paul. Chairman Ganz will continue to look into companies that are closer to Palmer. Chairman Ganz is also getting bids on resurfacing both the Park and Town Hall parking lots.
Fire Department: Captain Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 3/8/21 – 4/12/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 12 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 4 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 2 being medical and 2 grass fires. Supervisor Demeules stated that there were no changes in the Fire budget at the last Board meeting.
P.E.C: Roger Johnson reported that Palmer Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 22nd from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Palmer Town Hall. A notice will be posted in the Patriot Newspaper and on the website. Fees will remain the same as 2019. No appliances or electronics will be excepted.
Park Report: Mitch Hoefer reported that the water has been turned on in the Pavilion. He also reported that the playground could use a load of sand and 5 picnic tables are in need of repair. Chairman Ganz stated that the candy shack is in need of roof repair and will get bids.
Lake Association: Steve Demeules reported that the lakes are currently under the No Wake High water ordinance as it is 13” over the high-water mark. The TLID received a $10,000 grant for spraying weeds. The docks and porta potties are in at the landings. He wanted to remind residents that a permit is required for structures to be left in the water overnight. The BCLA will continue to sponsor lake shore improvements with grants. The boat landing at the Lake Julia access has a blow hole which is in need of repair. The canoe access is also showing significant erosion. Supervisor Demueles will contact the DNR regarding these two issues.
Legal Comments: Nothing to Report
Approval of Minutes: Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve the March minutes as written. Supervisor Larson seconded it and the motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Nothing to report
1. Mark and Suzanne Hart – CUP request for a Personal Storage Structure – PID #40-459-0014. Mr. and Mrs. Hart are requesting a CUP for a 30x40 pole shed for personal storage located on the empty lot they recently purchased in the Sleepy Oaks development. Supervisor Demeules will send comment to the County stating that the township has no problem with the request as long as all county regulations are followed.
2. Nick Musachio – Variance Request for 10’ in setback from the right of way for a septic system upgrade. PID #40-402-0015. Nick Muscachio was in attendance representing the family property. Supervisor Demueles stated that a ROW License agreement will need to be in place prior to any work done on the septic system. A license agreement has been drawn up by the township attorney which will need to be signed by all names on the title along with submitting a deposit for lawyer’s fees. Applicant was given all paperwork at the 4/12/21 meeting. The township has no issues with this request and will send comment to the county.
3. Clear Lake Lions – Request for Alcohol Permit for Palmer Day Celebration
Bob Wipper from the Clear Lake Lions is requesting a one-day Alcohol Permit to serve alcohol at the Palmer Day Celebration on September 11, 2021. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the request, Supervisor Demueles seconded the motion and the motion carried.
4. Craig and Sandra Hart – CUP request for a Personal Storage Structure – PID #40-459-0116
Mr. and Mrs. Hart are requesting a CUP for a 30x40 pole shed for personal storage located on the empty lot they recently purchased in the Sleepy Oaks development. Supervisor Demeules will send comment to the County stating that the township has no problem with the request as long as all county regulations are followed.
5. Tony Widmer and Jay Mittelstaedt – Variance Request for shoreland setback PID #40-412-0350.
There was no representation for this property at the meeting. Supervisor Demeules made a motion to table the request as the applicant was not present. Chairman Ganz seconded and the motion carried.
6. Diane Tiegs and Robert Tjostelson – CUP and Variance Request for 64’ in setback from the centerline of 108th Ave for a personal storage structure. PID #40-034-3405 - Supervisor Demeules questioned why they want the structure to start 20.8 feet from the road vs. the required 25 ft. They stated they were trying to save as many trees as possible in the back lot but are willing to move it back if need be. Supervisor Demueles stated a 25ft apron from the edge of the tar to the shed is needed to accommodate parking. Supervisor Demueles will send comment to the county requesting to revise the plan to have 25ft from the edge of the road tar to the structure.
1. Chairman Ganz informed the public that the annual Board of Appeals meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 9:00 am with the annual Road Tour immediately following.
2. Maureen Havert thanked Mark Kolbinger, from the Patriot Newspaper for being pro-active in getting the newspaper delivered to the Briggs Lake Store on a weekly basis.
Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21058-21084, plus payroll, plus Connexus for a total of $15,761.54. 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 7:45 p.m.
Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Deputy Clerk Approved as reviewed May 10, 2021