Garfield Town Board Meeting
October 9, 2018
Present: Chairman: Ed Gullickson
Supervisor: Don Mork
Supervisor: George Stroebel
Clerk: Sue Knutson
Treasurer: JoAnn Erickson
Attendees: 9--Jason Kjeseth, Dave Nelson, Josh Roos, Sarah Palmer, Steve Palmer, Brian Anderson, Gale Zahnow, Mike Kjeseth, Lindy Kjeseth.
Meeting called to orderby Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:00 pm.
Public Comments: None.
Road Maintenance: Gullickson stated that ditch mowing has begun. Kennedy Mill Road culverts will be replaced this year. 143rdhas no culverts to be replaced. Blacktopping will be done next year on the rest of Kennedy Mill, 143rd, and the intersection of 170thand 85th. The section of 155thbetween 60thAvenue and 70thAvenue will be worked on next summer.
Impact Fee Attorney’s Report: Town received an email from the attorney stating that “based on the information provided by the Town, in my opinion both the homes referenced would qualify as new development so charging the impact fee would be appropriate. One is a new home on a new parcel and the regarding the other an old foundation not used for 70 years would not be a replacement.” Jason Kjeseth asked how the Board was able to respond to the open meeting law regarding taking action to send a letter to him regarding his impact fee. Kjeseth inquired about his request for public documents dated August 23, and has not received any documents to date. Kjeseth also inquired in regarding to the Needs Assessment. Gullickson indicated the Town is is the process of gathering the voluminous records request. Gullickson made a motion to have the attorney send both Jason Kjeseth and Josh Roos a letter regarding the decision by the attorney on the payment of their impact fees and that any further information or requests by Kjeseth and Roos be handled through the attorney. Seconded by Mork. Carried-unanimously.
Treasurer’s Bond: Knutson stated the Town needed to make a motion to either set a bond amount or use the levy amount for a treasurer’s bond. Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve a $250,000 treasurer’s bond. Carried-unanimously.
Set Levy/Budget Hearing: Motion made by Gullickson/Mork to set the Levy/Budget hearing for Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Carried-unanimously. Gullickson state the levy is being worked on and the levy would be closed to the amount from last year and that the tax increase would be very minimal.
Renewal of Park Loan:Gullickson stated that the park loan has approximately $136,000 remaining and needs to be refinanced. A renewal of a 10 year loan would bring it to a zero balance. Bank would like to have loan renewed by the end of the year.
Renumbering of Homes Court Road: Gullickson asked Jason Kjeseth as the Zoning Commissioner about Homes Court. Kjeseth declined to address this matter as he is here as a private citizen and requested that the Board call his office to discuss the matter. Gullickson stated that he will call. Gullickson informed the Board about Ordinance 48-18 Resolution for a Moratorium on the Administration of County Rural Road/Address Numbering System. Gullickson stated he would go to the County Board Meeting on October 16. Nelson stated that he would go to the meeting also regarding changing the named roads to a numbered road and also stated that the residents on Sunrise Beach and Wapogasset Lake Lane are not in favor of this.
Gale Zahnow Animal Damage: Zahnow stated that the dog owner, Kellie Doolittle, had thirty days to pay the fee or she would be fined by the County Officer Dell Stone. Gullickson stated Doolittle has to deny Zahnow in writing first then come to the Board. Gullickson inquired if the Board could use the Officer’s report. Gullickson will get a report and requirements from the County. Zahnow previously submitted an invoice to the Town for the loss of stock. Zahnow also stated that there are some other dogs that have been coming onto their property. The Board informed Zahnow that she has the right to keep any strays off their property.
Review of Planning Committee: Gullickson stated he would contact Keith Sather to see if he would like to join the committee.
Other Business That May Come Before the Board:Osceola Ambulance submitted a contract for their 2019 levy. Their levy increased from $1,199 to $1,308. Board signed the contract.
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 October 9, 2018, Board minutes as submitted. Carried-unanimously.
Adjourn: Motion made by Gullickson/Mork to adjourn meeting, 8:02 pm. Carried-unanimously.
Submitted by: Sue Knutson, Clerk