OCTOBER 11TH 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. Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Supervisor Demeules seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff’s Report: Commander Stangler read the Sheriff’s report. There were 114 calls for service as compared to 87 in 2020 and 80 in 2019. There were 38 traffic stops, 13 offenses charged by citation and no crashes with injury and one crash with property damage. There were no burglaries, one theft, and 5 boating contacts, all for registrations. There were no DUI’s, no parking violations and one property damage to a mailbox. Commander Stangler talked for a moment about how suspicious activity calls can be very helpful. A member of the community asked what the laws are pertaining to signs that are left in the right-of-way after an event has been held. Commander Stangler stated that yes signs shouldn’t be left in the rights-of-way but we also have to take in to consideration harm vs a good cause. Stangler took down the information on sign and would contact them. Chairman Ganz stated that there have been multiple complaints on speeding of 115th, asked if we could station an officer there for a few days.
Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that he would try to get a few more potholes filled before winter. Culvert was put in on 90th and mowing in the ditches should be completed next week. The township would like to partner with Vonco who will hopefully collect and chip materials for the use of composting with their food scraps. Signs are all up to date. Township will renew our contract with Herbst for 2021 to 2022 snowplow year. Motion was carried unanimously.
Fire Department: Captain Koren gave the monthly call report for the time period of 09/13/21 – 10/11/21 for Palmer Township. There was a total of 18 calls for the Clear Lake Fire Department. 12 of those calls were for Palmer Township, 10 being medical, 0 fire, and one auto accident.
P.E.C: Got our Score Grant from the County in at 7,375.87 to help pay off residual bill from Palmer Clean Up Day.
Park Report: Mitch Hoeffer reported that the water is turned off at the park, the dumpster is moved so we won’t get charged for that through the winter. Mitch will get bids for lumber for picnic tables. Mitch also mentioned that he was approached by a couple who would like to donate money towards improvements in the pavilion. Supervisor Demeules said they should come to the meeting and make their proposal. Mitch stated that is what he told them. Hoeffer stated that people have been playing golf at the park and more dogs then ever have been seen at
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the park. Chairman Ganz stated that the Township nor Police can do anything about dogs if they are a service dog. There is a long history of problems with dogs up at the park.
Lake Association: Steve Demeules reported that the Lake Association is looking for feedback on how weed control went this year. If any one has any ideas they can go to the website. Highway cleanup on 25 was held on October 9th. Be on the lookout for Zebra muscles when taking your docks and lifts out. Kathleen Joe and Felex had a meeting with the Supervisors on the topic of High-water Ordinance. We are working with the county to tighten up the verbiage in the Ordinance.
Legal Comments: Chairman Ganz made a motion to sign a prosecution agreement with Kathleen Heaney to an act the High-water ordinance. Demeules second and motion was carried.
Approval of Minutes: Chairman Ganz asked for approval of September minutes as written. Supervisor Demeules made a motion Larson second and the motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Run off issues. Chairman Ganz stated that there are a few things we can do this spring. Supervisor Demeules is in contact with Dan at Soil and water. Whatever the township does to resolve the problem has to be in the road right-of-way and can’t defer the problem to someone else.
1. ARPA fund we received half of it. It has to be used for expansion due to Covid. Demeules proposed that we would receive 2 more computer and Windows 365 for all five computers. That could be used for remote communications. Mitch asked if meetings could be remotely viewed. Demeules stated that could be a possibility, but not sure how much of a demand there is. Motion was made to purchase ARPA related products by Ganz, Demeules second and motion was carried.
2. Sroka Septic Variance PID:40-406-0104 requesting 4 variances to properly install a new septic system. Supervisor Demeules will send comment and recommended that a new design be drawn up. Would also not want to see anymore variance pertaining to the property, due to its size.
3. Centralized garbage should be thought about and discussed at annual meeting.
Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #21216 - #21243 plus payroll, and Connexus, for a total of $33,105.15 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 8:19 p.m.
Amy Bragelman, Palmer Township Clerk Approved as reviewed November 8, 2021