December 16, 2008

Stanton Town Hall

31186- 40th Avenue Way

 Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Attending:  Board Chair Dave Garner, Vice Chair Vince Cockriel, Bob Benson, Treasurer Ken Ebert, Clerk Laura Pederson.


Dave Garner called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Dave Garner called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.


Approval of Agenda:

John Krantz asked mower to be added under Road Report.

Vince Cockriel made motion to accept agenda as amended.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Approval of November 18, 2008 Minutes:

Bob Benson made motion to accept minutes as written.

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Building Permits:

1.David Lorentz – Spring Garden Nursery (4900 Scout Ridge Road, Cannon Falls, MN, 55009)

    -David Lorentz requesting to add-on a green house

    -Adding to south side of existing barn.  All set-backs met.

    -GIS map with proposed building marked

    -Building to be 30’ X 36” (1080 square feet)

    -Cost estimated at $8,000

    Bob Benson made motion for Board to grant a zooming permit to Mr. Lorentz of Spring Garden

      Nursery for a 36’ X 30 “ green house added to existing greenhouse.

    Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

    Motion passed 3/0

    Permit signed and given; Cost $100.00 (receipt #169465)


Treasurers Report

Ken Ebert reported:





Current Investments

$     74,805.69   

Fire Fund   & Road/Bridge 

(Matures Feb 2009)                                  


$             23.98



$      16,724.64


Ending Balance

$      69,515.83






Goodhue County check for taxes will show next month.

Penfield pre-pays went entirely to principal.


Bob Benson made motion to accept Treasurers Report

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Clerks Report:

1- County Assessor/Auditors request regarding Penfield tax payments.

      -Can be either fixed amount per year or fixed principal with paydown interest.

      -Decision made to keep it a set amount

2-2009 Calendar Distributed

      -only change from usual schedule is for Planning Commission meeting to move to

        Monday, March 9, 2009 due to annual meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

      -annual meeting @ 8:15 pm after the poles close

3-Resolution 2008-02 and Resolution 2008-07

      -Penfield District Established and Sale of Bond

      -Verification needed for when interest starts accruing to residents on bond

          (Amendment if needed)

     -Bond received August 1, 2008

     -Paperwork to be sent to Assessor’s office with proof of band date

    Bob Benson made motion for amendment to initial resolution to start interest on

      bond date of 08-01-2008

    Dave Garner seconded the motion

    Motion passed 3/0

4- Deputy Clerk – Welcome to new deputy clerk, Betts Top

     Dave Garner made motion to accept new deputy

     Bob Benson seconded the motion

     Motion passed 3/0

5-Election Notice to Beacon for Treasurer and Supervisor Position

     December 30, 2008 to January 13, 2009 – ending at 5 pm.


     Dave Garner made motion to have standing motion for clerk or deputy clerk to put

     appropriate legally mandated publishings into the paper as required in a timely manner for the

     calendar year 2009.


     Vince suggested putting dates on electronic calendar


     Dave Garner made motion to accept clerks report as written.

     Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

     Motion passed 3/0.


Road Report:

**Clarification of snow plowing policy:  greater than 3 inches of snow**


1-Oxford Mill Bridge

    Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff wanted township aware of overgrowth on south end/west side of


    To be put on March agenda

2-Oxford Mill Road

    Jeff Ron of 31044 Oxford Mill Rd contacted supervisor regarding concern over width of road

     plus salting and sanding at intersection of Highway 19.

3-Warsaw township Agreement

    Tom Kurtz voiced interest in reopening a winter agreement with Warsaw township

    Agreement terminated at Warsaw’s request and Stanton accepted termination

    Supervisors aware of difficulty plow drivers have in turning around

4-Slifca Turn Around

    -Turn around built, but new property owners use as a storage area

    -Agreement with township not an easement which would have passed with deed

    -NO place for drivers to turn around

    -Board recommended drivers to back down into the area

    -Must plow area regardless of resident requests otherwise due to liability and need for emergency

      vehicles to have access if needed

5-Edge on Plow Wing

    Tom Kurtz reported plow edge may not make remainder of season

    May also need to weld on as worn down too low previously

    Vince Cockriel reported blades running 3 weeks back order at this time

    Tom Kurtz directed to purchase a new blade


Report of Meetings Attended:

MAT Conference, November 20-22, 2008 in Alexandria.

Dave Garner, Bob Benson, Ken Ebert, and Laura Pederson attended.


Dave Garner attended Road signage:

 -less signage is better due to liabilities

 -sign inventory needed (Dave volunteered)

-review signs annually-  make warning signs consistent throughout township and make part of the


-NSBS has standards on when to put up signage

Bob Benson attended Power Lines

 -3 lines to be coming from South Dakota through state

Ken Ebert attended IRS on changes in forms

Laura Pederson attended Census and the need to be counted especially in Minnesota


Vince Cockriel – 12/3 and 12/9 Future Land Use

All Board at PH on 12/9

Paul Schluter:  November and December Hwy 52 cancelled


Noted that meeting policy for pay for Planning Commission and Town Board different.

Dave Garner made motion to compensate Planning Commission members the same rate as Board 

   members. ($50 ½ day and $100 full day meetings)

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Old Business:

1. Conditional Use Quarry-

-         County Land Use trying to find the conditional use for this property



New Business:

1. Joint Annexation Resolution

    -version 3

    -lawyers done reviewing

    -need amendment for # of actual days for sunset of signed agreement between townships

        and City of Cannon Falls

    -sunset date to be March 31, 2009


Vince Cockriel made motion to sign off on the Joint Annexation Resolution, removing the word “draft” from the top, and adding the sunset date of March 31, 2009.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Resolution 2008-010 :  Joint Resolution Establishing An Orderly Annexation Agreement Between City of Cannon Falls, Stanton Township, and Cannon Falls Township.


Vince Cockriel made motion for modification of resolution on page 12 to state the understanding that “Adopted this 16th day of December, 2008, whereas this Orderly Annexation Agreement will expire on March 31, 2009 if it is not signed by all applicable parties.”

Bob Benson seconded the motion.


Resolution Signed.


2. Gambling Permit

    -exempt gambling (raffle once per year) within township limits

    -Township and County need to sign

    Dave Garner made motion to sign off on permit for gambling once per year (raffle)

    Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

    Motion passed 3/0


3. Cap X 2020 – Warsaw Township

   Vince Cockriel shared information form open house, Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Grandpa’s


   Xcel Energy has options that they are not exercising

   Power line coming through Hampton and heading southeast to LaCrossse.  To go along

      Highway 52 corridor – east or west a few miles

   4 possible routes coming west of Highway 52.  Issues along Highway 56 due to Stanton Airport.

   Highway 52 is the least disruptive, but actually Highway 61 best

   Warsaw Township has already signed a resolution drafted by their lawyer to keep line elsewhere

   3 issues on this resolution:

1-     no benefit to townships so why are they inconveniencing them

2-     other options that are not being exercised

3-     actual rights to do this

   If Stanton signs on their own resolution, Warsaw’s lawyer plan to “fight the fight” for all of us.

   Believe Holden Township also to come on board.


3 of the proposed routes come directly across Stanton Township for no good  purpose.


CapX 2020 to meet again in February to decrease some of the proposed routes.


Bob Benson made motion for Board to adopt CapX2020 Transmission Line Project Resolution.

Dave Garner seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Resolution 2008-011 signed.


4. Maintenance & Salt Sheds

 -insulated pole barn with 1 door/ 16 ft tall (est $75,000)

 -plus floor and electric (est $25,000)

 -also need to move salt shed and fuel tank

 -salt shed needs containment

 -multiple bays

 -fuel tank needs vault

-Good time to build

 -required in 5 years or less with fines if not in compliance


Is this something want to do now when $ rates are low or put aside $ each year?


Vince Cockriel to get #’s for January

Ken Ebert to check into $200,000 rate for 10 years


Address this at annual meeting.


5. Ordinance Review

    Mark Dubbels presented Ordinance review to the Board

  -copies distributed to all Board and Planning Commission members

  -map to be fancied up

  -numbers and sections will ultimately change as sections added or deleted

  -draft copy presented


Mark Dubbels requested a sit-down meeting to go through this next month and then go through ordinance page by page.


PUD will be handled separately at a future date and will then be an amendment to this ordinance.


Dave Garner made motion to hold a special meeting of the Town Board and the Planning Commission after the start of the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm.

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Upcoming Meetings

Vince Cockriel – Cannon Township –Joint Annexation Agreement

-         Warsaw Township – CapX 2020

-Growing Green Workshop – Wed, January 14 in Wabasha

-also tentative request to no longer attend the EDA meetings.



Dave Garner made motion to open mail

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

‘Motion passed 3/0



Dave Garner made motion to pay claims

Bob Benson seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Bob Benson made motion to adjourn the meeting

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Laura Pederson




Stanton Township Clerk