November 9, 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. David Meyers, Township Attorney was not in attendance. 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: There was no representation from the Sheriff's Department in attendance.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Supervisor Demeules reported he notice a possible road hazard in Cedar Point along with a sign post which is leaning over between 115th and 49th. Chairman Ganz will assess both concerns. Chairman Ganz stated that the Town Hall Parking lot should be high on the priority list for crack filling and seal coating in the spring. He received one quote and will get another in the spring. Chairman Ganz received a phone call from a new property owner on Lake Julia inquiring about a large live tree as to whose responsibility it is to maintain it as it is close to neighbors, the ROW and power lines. The power company assessed it and is not concerned with it hitting the power lines therefore will not remove it or trim it at their expense. Palmer Township is not responsible as it is not currently in the ROW. Chairman Ganz will contact the property owner to address the obligations of the tree. An email was received from a property owner on 54th Street inquiring about the maintenance of the ditch and about a new access to her property as she can no longer get to a portion of her property since the reconstruction of 54th Street. The supervisors agreed that the maintenance of the ROW is Palmer Township's responsibility, but it is not feasible to add an additional access to her property as the construction of the road was done according to state requirements. Chairman Ganz will contact the property owner with this information. Herbst Excavating sent a quote for snowplowing Palmer Township roads for the 2020-2021 season. The Supervisors reviewed the rates and agreed they were reasonable and within the budget. Chairman Ganz made a motion to renew the contract, Supervisor Demeules seconded and the motion carried.

Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren reported that the Clear Lake Fire Department had 20 calls from October 12th to November 9th, 2020. Eight of those calls were for Palmer Township, 5 being medical, 1 roll over accident , 1 arcing power line and 1 missing person. The fire department did training on a house burn in Palmer Township with a great turn out.

P.E.C: Roger Johnson reported that Palmer Township received $8,525.34 from the score grant this year. Palmer Township's final responsibility was $3,854.95.

Park Report: Chairman Ganz reported that the Park is ready for winter. Roger Johnson recommended researching replacing the tennis courts over the winter so we can address it first thing in the spring.

Lake Association: Supervisor Demeules reported that the Lighted Train on the Chain is scheduled for December 5th and Ice Day is scheduled for February 6th.

Legal Comments: Nothing to Report

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


1. Cares Funding Update: A check was issued to the Clear Lake Fire Department for turnout gear for $11,500.00 . Supervisor Demeules made a motion to donate the remaining money from the Cares fund to Sherburne County. Supervisor Larson seconded it and the motion carried. The remaining amount to be donated is $19,546.77.


1. MLMJR Properties - PID #40-410-0170 - 11347 42nd St - Variance Requests

Morris Matthews presented plans to the supervisors for an addition to the second story of his garage. After discussion, comments will be sent to the county as follows:

41' Setback from the Road Right of Way - Palmer Township has no issue with this variance. There appears to be enough room on the apron to park vehicles. There are concerns that this space will turn into sleeping and living quarters and not just storage.

4' Setback form the side property line - Palmer Township has no issues with this variance. Neighbor was OK with it.

Impervious Surface - Palmer Township has concerns with the high impervious surface of 38 1/2 percent. Nothing was presented to reduce this number. Palmer Township would recommend denial based on what was presented. It has been proven that high impervious surface and water runoff contribute to poor water quality.


1. Maureen Havert inquired about the turnout for voters in Palmer Township. Clerk McCann reported that there were 1772 pre-registered voters. There were 107 new registrants on election day. There were a total of 1263 ballots cast at the Palmer Township precinct on election day. The results of absentee ballots counted at the county on behalf of Palmer Township has not been officially been completed yet.

Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #20262-20293, plus payroll, for a total of $29,864.93. 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 7:55pm.

Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk                                                                               Approved as reviewed December 14th, 2020