Garfield Town Board Meeting & Caucus
January 10, 2023
Present: Chairman: Ed Gullickson
Supervisor: Don Mork
Supervisor: George Stroebel
Clerk: Sue Knutson
Treasurer: JoAnn Erickson
Caucus Meeting called to order by Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:00 pm.
Meeting was turned over to Dave Nelson to chair the caucus for nominations for the office of Town Chairman. Nelson stated some rules regarding the nominations.
Nominations are as follows:
Chairman: Ed Gullickson nominated by Don Mork.
Lon Van Gemert nominated by Liz Seiben.
Josh Roos nominated by Joseph Balow.
Following the close of nominations for Town Chairman, Gullickson resumed the chair for nominations of candidates for other Town offices
Clerk: Sue Knutson nominated by Ed Gullickson
Treasurer: JoAnn Erickson nominated by Dave Nelson
Supervisor: Dave Nelson nominated by Don Mork
George Stroebel nominated by Dave Nelson
Jason Kjeseth nominated by Liz Seiben
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the Caucus at 7:05 pm.
Board Meeting called to order by Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:06 pm.
Public Comments: Liz Seiben asked why the blacktop on 150th Street only had 2 inches of blacktop on it and not 4 inches. Board explained the reason behind how the roads are blacktopped with an emphasis on the strength of the gravel base beneath the blacktop. The base has the stability and not the blacktop. Board also stated it also that the Board goes by State ratings. Lisa Handrahan asked why their road on 90th wasn’t blacktopped. Board explained about the road rating and costs. Liz Seiben asked how the roads are rated. Board responded that they are rated by the Town Maintenance supervisor which is then submitted to the State. Jason Kjeseth asked about a re-evaluation for the Town. Board explained that we are still within the limit. When a re-evaluation is done it will cost the Town a lot of money to have that done. Pam Ince asked about the Park loan payment and when it matures. Board explained that the loan was just paid off and that payment amount will go towards a different loan and that the yearly amount is equivalent to the income that the park brings in.
Road Construction Projects for 2023: 155th from Kennedy Mill Road to County Road C about rebuilding some spots on that section. 90th Avenue by Kelzer property to just past the old Shock property. Garfield Park has some work that needs to be done on the bridge and playground area.
Sunrise Beach Boat Landing Construction: Board explained the procedure of the project. Dave Nelson stated the lake has a problem with zebra mussels. Jason Kjeseth inquired as to the amount of the grant. Board stated that it was in excess of $200,000. Lisa Handrahan is in favor of the construction of the landing.
Planning Committee Update – Junk Ordinance: Board explained that the attorney will be rewriting a couple of sections and will present the revisions to the Board. Board will have changes to the Planning Committee by their meeting on Monday. Jason Kjeseth explained the County’s junk ordinance. Sharon Balow asked why the Town doesn’t follow County’s ordinance. Board explained that the Town has their own zoning and not County’s.
Mobile Home Issue on 112th Avenue: Board stated that we need to send another letter to the owner as to their plans and that the Town would help in any way they can. Stroebel will draft a letter.
Other Business That May Come Before the Board: None.
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 January 10, 2023, Board minutes as submitted. Carried-unanimously.
Adjourn: Motion made and seconded to adjourn meeting, 8:00 pm. Carried-unanimously.
Submitted by: Sue Knutson, Clerk