October 12, 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, Roger Johnson, Treasurer and David Meyers, Township Attorney. 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: Captain Bob Stangler read the Statistic report for September 2020 in Palmer Township. There were 87 calls for service compared to 80 in 2019 and 54 in 2018. There were 9 traffic stops and 1 offense charged by citation. No burglaries or crashes with property damage/injury reported. There were 2 thefts reported, one being a stolen political sign the other being a gas drive off. There was one crash with property damage which resulted in a DUI. There were 2 ATV warnings without citation and one parking violation. There were 10 suspicious activity calls and 21 security checks. This was mainly at the storage units next to the fire station as there was camera activity and lock damage reported by the owner. There were no further questions.

Road Maintenance/Signs: Chairman Ganz reported he will check with Herbst Excavating regarding renewing the snow removal contract for 2020-2021. He will also confirm that the salt/sand will continue to come from Sherburne County.

The township received an email from a concerned citizen regarding the road signage on 135th Ave and 42nd Street. Her concern was a safety issue as there is insufficient warning that the sharp curve is coming and is missing striping to keep vehicles in the proper lane. She is concerned for oncoming traffic and pedestrians that use that road. Chairman Ganz stated that 135th Ave is a shared road with Santiago township. He will contact Santiago to discuss possibly changing the current curve sign to a more drastic sharp curve to give more of a warning. He also stated that he will request that the brush be cleared back farther around the curve for better vision. Another concern was that the corner of 37th Street and 135th currently has a yield sign where it is hard to see oncoming traffic. She is requesting that a stop sign replace the yield sign. Chairman Ganz stated that the yield sign cannot be removed without contacting MN Dot to find out regulations in changing out signs. Kelly will research regulations with MN Dot.

Chairman Ganz reported that we have developed a form to document sign requests for future requests which will be submitted for approval to the supervisors and signed off when the request has been completed. This will help to track frequency of sign replacement and new sign requests.

Fire Department: Chief Ron Koren reported that the Clear Lake Fire Department had 17 calls from September 17th to October 12th. Seven of those calls were for Palmer Township, all being medical. Steve Demeules reported that the Fire Department is researching possibly purchasing extraction equipment for Station Two. He stated that Clear Lake Township donated $2200 in CARES funding and the City of Clear Lake donated $40,000 to the fire department for turn out gear.

P.E.C: Roger Johnson reported the statistics for Clean-up day comparing 2020 with 2019. Expenses were up $5182.64 from 2019. We had one extra load of construction/demo material and 3 more ton of tires. Fuel recovery charges and solid waste tax were significantly higher by $3270.38. We have not received the score grant money yet to determine our final numbers.

Park Report: Chairman Ganz reported that the water lines have been winterized at the park. There was wind damage to property along the park fence line due to dead trees landing on private property. The township cleaned up the tree debris and has fixed the fence at the township's expense. There is a hole in the candy shack roof which will need to be replaced yet this fall. Chairman Ganz recommends using tin to replace the shingle roof. The toilet at the Briggs Lake Access is scheduled to be replaced by a handicapped toilet at the beginning of December.

Lake Association: Supervisor Demeules reported that Eurasian Milfoil was found on Big Elk Lake. Volunteers pulled the weed and will keep an eye on possible regrowth. Residents of Elk Lake are considering pursuing a LID for the lake. The BLCA is looking into stalking Briggs and Julia with sunfish to help control the carp population. An Asian clam has been found in Briggs Lake. The BLCA will keep an eye on the situation.

Legal Comments: Nothing to Report

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


1. Cares Funding Update: Clear Lake Fire Department has requested a donation from our Cares Funding to purchase turn out gear. Chairman Ganz made a motion to donate $11,500.00 to the Fire Department which should cover 5 sets of turn out gear. Supervisor Demeules recommended upgrading the office computers to accommodate virtual meetings/zoom meetings during the pandemic. Chairman Ganz made a motion to purchase 2 new computers with monitors not to exceed $10,000.00. Supervisor Demeules seconded the motion and the motion carried. Roger Johnson and Steve Demeules will meet to discuss computer options.


1. Office Copier: A Ricoh copier was brought to the office to demo for a week. This copier has all the features required to operate the township including scanning to email, printing directly from the computer and individual coding to track when the copier was used and by whom. Estimate for this copier is $3200.00 which will be paid for under the Cares Funding for those who are home officing. Chairman Ganz made a motion to purchase the copier, Supervisor Demeules seconded it and the motion carried.


1. Supervisor Larson reported that the elements in the boiler have been replaced and the valves repaired. The boiler is ready to turn on. Roger Johnson stated he will start the boiler this week.

Supervisor Demeules made a motion to approve claims #20237-20260, plus payroll, and Connexus for a total of $35,892.71. 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 8:00pm.

Kelly McCann, Palmer Township Clerk                                                                                      Approved as reviewed November 9, 2020