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May 10, 2022

Garfield Town Board Meeting

May 10, 2022


Present:         Chairman:     Ed Gullickson          

                        Supervisor:    Don Mork

                        Supervisor:    George Stroebel

                        Clerk:              Sue Knutson

                        Treasurer:      JoAnn Erickson




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


Public Comments:  CJ Simones, Polk County Supervisor, introduced himself as one of Garfield’s new County Supervisors.


Review of Citation Ordinance:  Board stated the citation ordinance needs to be updated.  Attorney needs to contacted to find out that status.


Road Construction Update:  Board stated that the Town should know soon about the approval of the road grants that were submitted.  Maintenance would like to start replacing culverts.  Blacktopping is up approximately $20,000 per mile.  Roads are set up and ready for blacktop.  Walleye Court needs a turnaround or a hammerhead and a culvert replacement where there was a major water issue.  Board stated that maintenance needs to get a permit from the DNR.


Federal/State Road Construction Grant and ARPA Grant:  Grant funding was approved and the funds can now be used for roads.


Sunrise Beach Boat Landing Plan:  B32 Engineering submitted the grant application for the boat landing to the State.  Town is applying for the Land Use Permit to the County and will pay the fee associated with it.  Board stated that the landing needs to be cleaned out for the boaters.


Property Issue on 90th Avenue Concerning Zoning Requirements:  Issues regarding Smith’s property regarding violation of the Town Zoning Ordinance.  Property has several trailers and/or travel trailers on the property along with the main residence.  Board will have attorney look into sending a letter regarding the violation.


Planning Committee Update – Keith Sather Building Permit:


Dave Nelson, Planning Committee Chair, submitted a junk ordinance from Michigan that the Town could follow and adopt.  Board will have attorney look over the draft ordinance.  Nelson and Board discussed the driveway ordinance.


Keith Sather submitted a plan for a pole shed building on a slab for storage and offices.  Land already has a sewer, well, and an established driveway.  Sather is requesting a conditional use permit.  Motion made and seconded to approve the conditional use permit for the pole shed.  Carried-unanimously.


Alex Goldfarb asked about the width of the driveway going to the platforms/dwellings and is looking for approval of the 18’ roadway.  Motion made and seconded to approve the site implementation plan submitted by Goldfarb.  Carried-unanimously.  Board stated that Goldfarb will be assessed an impact fee when he upgrades from the platforms to the 3-season cabins.


Other Business That May Come Before the Board:  Bridge at the park needs to be fixed and boards need to be replaced.  Maintenance asked about hiring a tree service to remove a couple of trees that are starting to rot; inquired about a drinking fountain; and asked about concrete or something around the flag poles.  Board said that there are people that are looking to donate to the park.  The Municipal Ambulance Service submitted draft by-laws for the new merger.  Motion made and seconded to approve the by-laws that were submitted.  Carried-unanimously.


Clerk’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed. 


Approval of Vouchers:  Submitted, signed and approved.  Motion made and seconded to approve submitted vouchers.  Carried-unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed.


Approval of Monthly Board Minutes:  Motion made and seconded to approve the May 10, 2022, Board minutes as submitted.  Carried-unanimously.  


Adjourn:  Motion made and seconded to adjourn meeting, 8:45 pm.  Carried-unanimously.


Submitted by:  Sue Knutson, Clerk

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