July 21,2009

Stanton Town Hall

31186 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Attending: Board Chair, Vince Cockriel; Vice Chair, Bob Benson; Supervisor, John Miller; Treasurer, Ken Ebert; Clerk, Laura Pederson.


Vince Cockriel called meeting to order at 7 pm.

Pledge of allegiance was recited.

Vince Cockriel called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.


Approval of Agenda:

Addition of Oxford Mill Rd related to Highway 52 Bridge added under Road Report.

Bob Benson made motion to accept agenda with additions

John Miller seconded the motion. Motion passed 3/0


Approval of May 19, 2009 Minutes:

Bob Benson made motion to accept minutes as written

John Miller seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0


Approval of June 16, 2009 Minutes:

Deletion of sentence under heavy loads with no total given.

John Miller made motion to accept minutes with changes.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0


Building Permits:

1.Curt Burdick – 5772-304th Street Way (Penfield)

   -requesting to add 8 feet to existing garage to bring it even with the back of his house

   -current garage dimensions are 34 X 24

   -plan is to roof garage and house at the same time

   -Goodhue County stated that no variance is required as addition does not go beyond the

       existing structure (house)

   -House is within 12 feet of the rear property line

   -copy of plans submitted, cost estimated at $2500

  Bob Benson made motion to grant zoning certificate

  John Miller seconded the motion. Motion carried 3/0

  Fees collected and certificate signed.

2.John Pernick – 32574 Oxford Mill Road

    -township recently cleaned ditch out and Mr Pernick can no longer just drive across

     ditch to access his property to get wood as ditch is now too deep

    -Mr Pernick requesting township to fix the ditch so that he can access his property

    -clarified that there was never a legitimate driveway nor culvert at this location

    -Board stated that not inclined to put in a personal driveway and culvert where none

       had ever existed before.  There was no change in road grade, a ditch has just been

       cleaned out.



3.Craig Scott – 12250-Cobblestone, Rosemount (Property next to Summit Golf Course on 19)

   -Mr. Scott stated that his building permit has been in place and he has chosen not to build

      because of economic reasons

   -He is now looking to start project with the hope that the economy will improve,

      the county told him that his permit is about to ‘runout’ and he needed to come to

      (Stanton) for an extension for this

   -Questioned by board on the permit date

   -The original date was said to be June 18, 2008 and has since been renewed once

   _Question as to when current permit to expire?

   -No copy of original permit found

   -Board questioned if there was any guarantee that construction was going to actually

      happen this time around since the permit has already been renewed

  -Craig Scott stated construction should start in August 2009

  -Board stated that there would be a caveat that this would be the last extension without

     reapplication as this is exactly why renewal was added to the new ordinance to begin with

  Bob Benson made motion to grant extension with the caveat that this is the last extension

  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

  Discussion called for.  NONE was heard.

  Motion passed 2/1 (John Miller voted nay)


Public to Speak:

Rob Stachowski approached board to ask questions regarding a joint septic system for a few

land owners on property they are considering purchasing from Norm Oman. This would require putting system under the road. Told that this is doable but need to go to the Planning Commission.


Treasurer’s Report:

Ken Ebert reported-




Current Investments

$     57,723.32




$           137.45



$      47,866.33


Ending Balance

$      68,209.77

Cash Available


Bob Benson made motion to accept treasurer’s report as written.

John Miller seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0


Penfield fund has a -$11,059.46 balance as payment made in July.  Account paid $917.46 less than expected from Goodhue County due to delinquent taxes. 


Clerk’s Report:

Laura Pederson reported-

1.Sign Information – contacted M & R Sign Company (Fergus Falls)

   -price information given to board

   -discussion ensued

   Bob Benson made motion to allow clerk to purchase mentioned signs.

   John Miller seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0

   -clerk given permission to purchase:  36 cylinders, 3 street signs, 2 truck hauling signs,

       2 loose gravel signs, and 2 tripods in high intensity grade


2. Ordinance Review-

    -email passed out to board from Troy Gilchrist, attorney reviewing the Ordinance

    -attorney requesting direction on how changes are to be addressed and concern over how

        township boundaries are differing from County boundaries and districts

    -discussion on how township can be more restrictive than county but not less restrictive

    -need to have enforceable and consistent ordinance

    John Miller made motion to proceed with Troy’s recommendations.  Have a clean copy

      and a redline version to review.

    Bob Benson seconded the motion.

    Motion passed 3/0

3. Grader Hours Needed for Road Repair

    -no hours found from previous meeting and information needed to before clerk can write letters

4. St Paul’s Lutheran Church and County Variance at Board of Adjustment

    -addressing the church property not the residential property

    -church wants to sell the residential lot

    -Darren Anderson phone clerk to see if any variance existed on residential property

    -Bob Benson and Vince Cockriel to attend County Board of Adjustment in Red Wing

        on July 27, 2009 (Post 2 or more supervisors) to oppose variance

     -Question the creation of a 10-acre parcel versus the 3.9 acre piece which was what the

         township agreed to.

     Vince Cockriel made motion to have clerk call Goodhue County on behalf of the township

       to let them know that Stanton did not agree to a 10-acres lot and this is against the

        township wishes.  Explanation of why county believes 10-acres. 

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


Road Report:

Tom Kurtz and John Krantz reported

1. Culvert Invoice

     -invoice presented by Mark Henry Excavating which is less than quote as work less

         extensive than planned

     -Bob Benson made motion to pay Mark Henry Excavating invoice

     -John Miller seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0

2. Blacktop Invoice

     --invoice presented and matched to initial quote presented

     -work discussed

     -Bob Benson made motion to pay blacktop invoice. 

     -John Miller seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0.

3. Blacktop Quote for Penfield

     -$800 quote for Penfield area cracks presented

     -cracks cleaned out and then filled with hard rubber

     -Bob Benson made motion to accept quote.

     -Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0

4. Oxford Mill & Highway Bridge Construction

     -MnDOT project manager told Bob Benson that Stanton had to prove an

        increase in traffic on Oxford Mill before assistance would be given

     -a counter would need to be put out at the townships expense

5. CapX2020

     Mark Henry shared information on upcoming CapX2020 and issues Castle Rock township

       Has faced with other utility projects.  Shared how their ordinance came about.


6. Roadside Brush Removal

    -some equipment issues with machine; brush cut back on every road

     -wishes more time but now will be able to do some by hand

     -goal to keep trees/brush less than 6 inches in diameter

     -recommend some weed control/spraying next year

7. Cab Card

    -not renewed, card missing so take an old card to the license bureau

    -cost of about $14.50 – John Krantz to follow through to get new card

8. Goodhue Avenue

    -need to reach agreement with Northfield Township

    -believe that 2001 was the last year that monies were collected

    -need to contact Northfield Township Board (clerk to get info)


Reports of Meetings Attended:

  1. John Miller – short course (Bd of Appeal Training) and July 1st GHC
  2. Bob Benson – July 1st GHC


Old Business:

  1. Spreadsheet on annexation costs presented by Ken Ebert

-still need legal notices from Beacon and copies of legal fee invoices


New Business:

1. Future Land Use Planning-

    -Vince Cockriel shared information regarding Cannon Falls Township addressing

        land use surrounding their township

    -Vince proposing that Stanton does something similar

    -Schedule a joint meeting between the Planning Commission and Board in September

    Vince Cockriel made motion to set up a joint meeting with the Planning Commission

      in September to deal with Land Use Planning. (combine with redline Ordinance)

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


Upcoming Meetings:

1. Goodhue County Board of Adjustment in Red Wing – July 27th



Bob Benson made motion to open mail

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0



Vince Cockriel made motion to pay claims

Bob Benson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0


Meeting adjourned at 8:55  PM

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Pederson




Stanton Township Clerk