June 21, 2011

Stanton Town Hall

31186 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Attending: Board Chair, John Miller; Vice Chair, Vince Cockriel, Supervisor, Bob Benson, Clerk, Cheryle Peters; Treasurer, Jennifer Ritzman.

John Miller called meeting to order at 7 pm.

Pledge of allegiance was recited.

John Miller called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.

Approval of Agenda:

Bob Benson made a motion to approve the agenda.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion. The motion passed 3/0.

Public to Speak: 

Tom McGuire of the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Department was in the audience and was invited to speak. He encouraged communication with his office and briefly explained some of the security services offered by the Sheriff’s Department. “House checks” were explained.  Officer McGuire left calling cards and answered a few questions regarding crime in Stanton Township. The Town Board indicated their appreciation for the visit.  

Approval of May 17, 2011 Town Board Minutes:.

Jennifer Ritzman made a correction in the paid PERA anomaly.  The date was indicated as 2010. The correction would be 2011. 

Vince Cockriel made a motion to approve the May 17th minutes. Bob Benson seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

Zoning Certificates

  1. Riverwood Community Church- John Anderson requested a building permit on behalf of the church.  Some discussion ensued regarding timelines and community.  Bob Benson made a motion to grant Riverwood Community Church a building permit.  Vince seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.
  2. Steve Emery-   Requested a Zoning Certificate for the construction of a baby calf shed at an estimated cost of about $30,000.  Bob Benson made a motion to grant a Zoning Certificate to Steve Emery for the shed.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

Treasurer’s Report:

Jennifer Ritzman reported:




Current Investments

$     63,220.52




$             80.89



$        6,190.35


Ending Balance

$    172,544.68

Cash Available


Jennifer reported that the banks had some requirements for signage that included both, Ken Ebert and Laura Pederson.  The board suggested removing their names from the signature cards to expedite some of the banking procedures such as on-line viewing, CD renewals, conversions, etc.  Laura has moved out of the area and it could be an inconvenience for all concerned.  Their



signatures could be re-submitted. Jennifer collected signatures for each bank to verify the requested removal of Laura Pederson and Ken Ebert from the signature cards.

Dave Garner offered to help with computer back up.  Bob Benson made a motion to accept Dave’s offer to purchase necessary equipment and the installation of such.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion. The motion passed 3/0.

Bob Benson made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report. Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

 Clerk’s Report:

Goodhue Cooperative Billing- Cheryle reported that the Township is consistently late with our payments because of the way that the billing cycles fall with board meetings.

Vince made a motion to authorize a one-time double payment for the purpose of timely payments in the future. The “catch up” month would be treated differently.  Bob Benson seconded the motion.  Some discussion ensued. Cheryle will contact customer service. The motion passed 3/0.

FEMA-The FEMA reimbursement deposit was less than the claimed amount by about a $130.00.  The actual deposit in the amount of $5,123.65 was deemed acceptable. 

Road Report:

Penfield seal coating work was complimented. From Pearson Bros., Inc., Mr. Miller submitted the bill to the clerk for the record in the amount of $10, 255.50.

John Krantz corrected the road address for needed culverts on 30th Avenue.  Repair order would be for culverts on 35th Avenue, not 30th Avenue.

Chloride map was reviewed. Gravel runs were reviewed, as well. John submitted a map indicating Chloride treatment. Rock dumps were finished.  Chloride was scheduled for July 6th (7 miles worth). Most grading work had been finished.

Mark Henry submitted a quote for culvert work on 35th Avenue.  Cheryle will send correspondence to the Berge’s regarding proposed culvert repairs.   A 24” culvert will be requested.  Bob Benson suggested that culvert size requirements be stipulated somehow on the Zoning Certificate. 

Old Business

Red Cross Agreement- Paperwork will be given to the Planning Commission for review.

Ziegler Repair Bill- Vince Cockriel reported that Invoice # SW140119887 was successfully negotiated for full credit in the amount of $812.60.

New Business- Letter from Peggy Trebil, Goodhue County Assessor-re: Board of Appeals and Equalization. The Town Board returned post cards to Ms. Trebil indicating their wishes to continue with the current arrangements for Appeals and Equalization, keeping local control.   

Reports of Meetings Attended: 

Bob Benson attended the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Committee meeting on June 20th to recommend the conditional use of land owned by Riverwood Community Church, planning to construct a building.

Supervisors, John Miller and Bob Benson attended June 23rd MAT Short Course Training at the Rochester Ramada. Jennifer Ritzman, Treasurer and Cheryle Peters, Clerk attended, as well.  

Upcoming Meetings:

Meeting with Goodhue County Public Works July 11, 2011 re: the return of portions of 24 to Stanton Township, Cannon Falls Township and the City of Cannon Falls at the Cannon Falls City Hall.

Mail- Bob Benson made a motion to read the mail. Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.


Vince Cockriel made motion to pay claims.

Bob Benson seconded the motion. Motion passed 3/0.



Vince Cockriel made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Bob seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:55PM.




Respectfully submitted,

Cheryle A. Peters





Stanton Township Clerk