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Apr 12, 2016

Garfield Town Board Meeting & Ordinance/Resolution Meeting

April 12, 2016


Present:         Chairman:     Ed Gullickson          

                        Supervisor:    Don Mork

                        Supervisor:    George Stroebel

                        Clerk:              Sue Knutson

                        Treasurer:      JoAnn Erickson


Attendees:     18


Ordinance/Resolution Meeting called to orderby Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:00 pm.


Big Lake Road Abandonment:  Ed Flanum, Northland Surveying, commented on how the old plotted road would be abandoned and what will happen to the properties involved from the Kielty property north.  Hinz asked if the road has been maintained by the Town of Garfield?  Flanum stated “no”.  Hinz stated that the property owners south of Kielty’s still use the road in question.  Gullickson stated that there is no record stating that the Town has ever maintained questioned road and that the abandonment would not change the access to their property.  Flanum and Gullickson both stated that if property owners use said road it is a private matter between land owners.  One of the attendees asked if Town owns the road.  Gullickson stated that the Town never developed the road in question.  Question was asked if the road/easement is grandfathered in for driveway access. Flanum stated that in some cases it would be a “prescriptive use” if an owner has no other access to get to their land.  Gullickson asked the owners what they would like to see.  Larsons stated they would like a clear title to their property.  Hinz stated she understands the situation a little better. Gullickson stated that if the Town abandoned the road or not that it wouldn’t change how the property owners access their property.


Hearing closed at 7:31pm.


Ordinances:  Hearing called to order at 7:32pm.  Orval Johnson, Planning Committee Chair, commented that he could not find some of the ordinances and explained what the Committee wanted.  Gullickson stated that the Board may have handled some of the ordinances through the regular meeting.


Property Maintenance Ordinance – Johnson explained the ordinance in regard to minimum standards concerning health and safety.


Hearing closed at 8:11pm.



Board Meeting called to order by Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 8:20 pm.


Public Comments:  Kent Munson, South Bear Lake Road, stated that the road needs to be maintained.  Gullickson stated that the winter was hard on that road and asked Mark Knutson if he could use Alden’s grader to smooth out the road.  Knutson stated the potholes are from aggressive driving and braking.  Knutson will have road grated. 


Discussion of Resolution to Discontinue Portion of Plotted Road Abandonment on Big Lake:  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve Resolution 2016-01 to discontinue/abandon road on Big Lake.  Carried-unanimously.


Road Maintenance & Maintenance Garage Updates:  Knutson stated locates are being done for signage.  Potholes have been patched. 


Insulation for maintenance building will be here Saturday.  Steel is ordered and will be here next week.  Concrete will be poured next week also. 


Road Maintenance and Park Employment:  Discussion on having a part-time employee to have a set amount/set time to maintain park. 


Discussion of New Property Maintenance Ordinance:  Discussion.  Motion made by Stroebel/Gullickson to approve the new property maintenance ordinance.  Carried-unanimously.


Discussion of Changes to Existing Ordinances and Purposed Amendments to Ordinances – Action on Resolution:  Ordinances were reviewed.  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork  to repeal obsolete ordinances identified as the top four items in hearing notice, and to amend the dog nuisance ordinance 2-2011(#8) and citation ordinance 2-2008 (#9).  Other proposed ordinance changes were tabled for further discussion at the May meeting.


Review Preliminary Annual Statement:Information discussion.


1827 93rd Avenue Residence Issues: Matter is going to be referred to the Town’s attorney.


Clerk’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed. 


Approval of Vouchers:  Submitted, signed and approved.  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve submitted vouchers.  Carried-unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed.


Approval of Monthly Board Minutes:  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve the April 12, 2016, Board minutes as submitted.  Carried-unanimously.  


Adjourn:  Motion made by Mork/Stroebel to adjourn meeting, 9:12 pm.  Carried-unanimously.


Submitted by:  Sue Knutson, Clerk

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