3/29/2013 10:16:00 AM Hwy. 19 to close for 10 days in August
By Paul Martin
Highway 19 will be completely closed from Cannon Falls to Northfield for 10 days starting August 6, Wayne Gieseke told Stanton Town Board on March 19. Gieseke is the Project Manager for contractors Crane Creek Asphalt, who will be repairing, widening and resurfacing the road from downtown Cannon Falls to Hwy 3 in Northfield.
The closure is needed to allow for new culverts and sinking new lines under the road. The project will last into mid-September. During the rest of the work, Hwy 19 will be open, but subject to traffic controls. As reported in the Beacon, the posted detour will follow Hwys 3, 47, 88 (through Randolph) and 20.
One-time permits were granted to Crane Creek Asphalt for a temporary asphalt plant, and to Max Johnson Trucking for aggregate quarrying. About 25,000 cubic feet will be extracted from a two-acre pit on the Whitson farm, a mile east of Hwy 56 on Hwy 19. It will be used on the Hwy 19 project. "We will clean up the existing pit, and restore the land afterwards," Lee Tollefson of Max Johnson Trucking promised the Board. "This is just a one-time deal, as the owner does not want to lose any more farmland."
Complaints about Roads
There was a new look to the board, with Bob Benson taking the role of Chair. John Miller is now Vice-Chair. Newly elected Supervisor Dave Pederson was in the audience, but could not yet take the oath of office because of the required seven-day notice period.
Benson said he had received complaints about plowing, and also about road grading.
Miller and Benson noted the difficulty of keeping up with the roads during Monday's high winds and snow. "The sheriff pulled John Krantz off the road at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, and told him to wait until morning," said Benson.
Benson and Miller agreed that road grading in the Township had not been done to the same standards as in surrounding towns. The crown is too flat in many places, and there is a curb-and-gutter effect in others. Both lead to problems in heavy rain or snow melt. They resolved to get bids from qualified contractors for this summer's work.
Treasurer Jennifer Ritzman reported Receipts of $20,778.79 and Disbursements of $6,728.93. Investments are $63,661.78 and Liquid Cash is $316,103.69. She noted that the subject of brush clearance had been raised at the Annual Meeting, and said that $5,000 is in the budget for this in 2013. Brush was not cleared last year because of the need for emergency repairs after the June flooding.
Ritzmann asked for clarification on the division of the $20,000 extra levy approved by the Annual Meeting. Benson said the split was for the Board to decide. The decision was to add $5,000 to the heavy equipment replacement fund, for a total of $10,000, and $15,000 to the Building Fund, for a total of $28,000.