October 21, 2008

Stanton Town Hall

31186 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009


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


Dave Garner called the meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Dave Garner called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.

Vince Cockriel to arrive late or not at all due to schedule conflict.


Approval of Agenda:

Dave Garner requested addition of STEM School update following building permits.

Bob Benson made motion to accept the agenda with addition.

Dave Garner seconded the motion.

Motion passed 2/0.


Approval of September 16, 2008 Minutes:

Bob Benson made motion to approve the minutes as written.

Dave Garner seconded the motion.

Motion passed 2/0


Building Permits:

1. Joel Thorlund – 32048 Oxford Mill Rd, Cannon Falls, 55009 (Section 25)

  -Daughter, Amy, present

  -“Planning Commission 09-08-08: Mark Dubbels made a recommendation to the town board that they grant a zoning certificate to Joel Thorlund for a 20 X 28 addition to his house for handicap accessibility”

  -“Planning Commission 10-14-08: noted that PC fine with minor changes due to changes in need”

  -Joel Thorlund requesting permission for 20 X 20 addition with a handicapped bathroom and bedroom to his house.

  -Site plan originally shown to the Planning Commission with all set-backs met (site plan not with daughter and will be needed again for county permit)

  -Estimated cost at $40,000 with permit cost at $130

Bob Benson made motion to grant zoning permit.

Dave Garner seconded with the stipulation that site plan needs to paperwork to the county.

Motion passed 2/0


2. Jim Dolezal – 32336 40th Avenue, Cannon Falls, 55009 (Sec 26) Frog Creek Pottery

 -Jim Dolezal requested extension for current permit to build temporary storage shed

 -Exp 10/2008

Bob Benson made motion to extend zoning permit for additional 6 months

Dave Garner seconded the motion

Motion passed

NO fees; new expiration 4/2009 for Stanton





Cannon River STEM School

-representative, Laura Geissler reported

-Discussion with Maltby: building for Fall 2009 not realistic, interim modular buildings cost prohibitive,

    thoughts on future relationship

-Tours of sites for Fall 2009 underway

-To receive Federal Grant Start-Up money as soon as further paperwork received


Treasurer’s Report

Ken Ebert reported:





Current Investments

$     25,242.32


Fire Fund   & Road/Bridge                                       


$          105.63



$        8,629.06


Liquid Assets as of 09-30-2008

$   157,723.09



Bob Benson made motion to accept treasurer’s report

Dave Garner seconded the motion

Motion passed 2/0


Moving money from bond savings to checking to cover payments to county.


Currently only $8000 cash available in Road & Bridge with $20,000 due.  Township investments of $25,000 comes due in January; by waiting until 10-29-2008 to take out there will be no loss in moving monies over.  Zeigler net 30 days, so payment next week is acceptable for payment.


Dave Garner made recommendation to wait until 10-29-2008 to pay Zeigler.


Clerk’s Report:

Laura Pederson reported:

1. Donation of $700 from Northern Star Council

    Dave Garner made resolution to accept the donation form Northern Star Council for the

    upkeep of 310th Street. 

    Donation to Road & Bridge (Chloride)

    Bob Benson seconded the motion.

    Motion passed 2/0

2. Conference Registration Due

3. Public Accuracy Testing

    Stanton – October 30th @ 2 pm

    GHC – October 30th @ 10 am

4. GHC Request for Road Account Monies

    -no miles of road added or deleted:  totals same

    -minus 1 mile of aggregate and plus 1 mile paved






Road Report:

John Krantz reported:

1. Mower:

    -in bad shape, in need of service

    -oil blowing out seals and wear plates are worn

    -John Deere mower on back of International Tractor

    -John K to call John Deere to check into winter service

    -possible to load mower on the back of a trailer and bring in for service

2. DOT Inspection

    -get truck to John Welt to do DOT inspection as soon as able

    -to be done before it snows (expires end of November)
    -To also do general service on truck at same time

    -Truck cleaned and power washed earlier by John Krantz

    -OK to do minor repair, etc at John Krantz’s house

3. Grader School

    -John Krantz brought in info for the University of Minnesota, $250 for next spring

    -Concern over additional costs associated with the training

    -John stated that he would be happy to take care of his own travel expenses

    -John Krantz to complete registration form and mail it in

    -Info to be filed with other Grader School Materials

    Bob Benson made motion to grant $250 for John Krantz for grader training.

    Dave Garner seconded the motion.

    Motion passed 2/0

4. Fuel Tank Filled

5. Pot Holes

    -pot holes on inside of some corners

    -John Krantz to fill holes with buckets of rock left at old town hall

    -Oxford Mill and 40th both need some attention

6. Trim – Mark Henry

    -Mark Henry from Castle Rock Twp renting a side boom to trim/clean up all culverts

    -offering Stanton to share costs  of rental ($50/week plus fuel)

    -Castle Rock need for 2 days of the 5 day rental

    -Yes, Stanton interested

    -John Krantz to contact Mark Henry to set up

    -Great time savings and many culverts in need of further trimming (ie: Oxford Mill, 40th, etc)

7. Carl Slifka

    -twp will not be paving the 20-30 ft section of road

    -Bucketful of gravel is needed to help with the bump

    -Gravel will be put down next spring when all roads are done

    -To be graded by twp in future

8. Dust Control

    -to be done after next grading

    -have chloride put down on Sciota Trail and 2nd Avenue, then billed to Tree Farm

    -Dave McKeag would like another coat put on due to hauling manure (about 150 ft on 330th St)

       needed to protect road.

    -Dave Garner to let clerk know when roads are done with grading so that chloride can be ordered





Meetings Attended:

Dave Garner:  Last Future Land Use Meeting: Joint Mtg


Future Land Use Meeting for Stanton Residents – October 28th at 7 pm at Stanton Town Hall

   -posted in paper and Vince to lead meeting

   -12 year agreement with Cannon Falls, plan to be reviewed every 3 years

   -development around new interchange

    -development mostly east of the Little Cannon River

    -NO forced annexation

Dave Garner made motion to post meeting in Beacon tomorrow

Bob Benson seconded the motion

Motion passed 2/0


Paul Schluter- Highway 24/52 meeting

  -voted to change alignment of 24 through Stanton Twp to the north

  -adding turnabouts

  -Open House not until December or January


Old Business:

1. Brody Skahen-

   -clerk in communication with GHC regarding Brody

   -Both Brody and his father have written plans submitted to the county

   -Jason (Dept of Environmental Health) case manager

   -90% of the drums gone and remainder (12 or so) labeled vegetable oil

   -all batteries are now on hard surfaces and next step is to decrease quantities

   -Plan of Action in place and GHC content as long as forward motion is made

   -Vehicles ultimately have to be gotten rid of

   -Building department  notified and will be following through with another visit

   -Jason promised to stay in touch with township

2. Wm Nelson

   -Wm Nelson property has been purchased and he has money waiting for him

      at the sheriff’s office

   -purchaser cannot take possession for one years time.

3. Ryan Rounds

   --all supervisors have received letter(s) from the lawyers

   Bob Benson made motion to instruct township lawyer not to negotiate with Mr. Rounds

   Dave Garner seconded the motion

   Motion passed 2/0

4. New Ordinance

    -still in process (final stages)

    -working on map

5.Website Updated

6. Sand and Salt Delivered – shed filled


New Business:

1.Future Land Use Meeting – Oct 28th @ 7 pm

2.Public Works Deduction:

  -letter shared from GHC Public Works

  -GHC does not feel there will be any issues with this, normal protocol

3. Seal Coating Penfield—Spring 2009??

    -seal coating good for 3 years per Vince Cockriel

   -church interested when Penfield done in the future

4. Township Fire Association Meeting

    -October 30th @ 7 pm in the Stanton Town Hall

    -non-profit so no charge

    -clerk to open building

    Dave Garner made motion to allow Township Fire Association to use town hall 10-30-08

   Bob Benson seconded the motion

   Motion passed 3/0

5. Budget In January

    -prepare in January for February meeting

    -Third Tuesday in January (01-20-2009)

    -Budget & Levy to be completed in February


Upcoming Meetings


Land Use – 10-28-2008       7 pm @ Stanton Town Hall

Township Fire Meeting – 10-30-2008    7 pm @ Stanton Town Hall

Future Land Use – 10-30-2008     7 pm @ Cannon Falls Township Town Hall

Transmission Line Meeting – 10-30-2008   7 pm@ Grandpa’s Garage

MAT Conference   November 20-22, 2008


Mail Distributed

Bob Benson made motion to distribute mail

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Claims Paid

Bob Benson made motion to pay claims

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Bob Benson made motion to adjourn meeting

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0


Meeting Adjourned at  8:34 PM



Respectfully submitted,

Laura Pederson





Stanton Township Clerk