4/25/2013 2:48:00 PM Building season in Stanton Township
By Paul Martin
Stanton Township Board met on April 16. The meeting opened with the election of Bob Benson as Chair, and John Miller as Vice-Chair. New Supervisor Dave Pederson took his seat on the Board for the first time.
There is little sign of spring weather yet, but Stanton residents are making plans to build. Dave Lorentz asked for a variance for his proposal for a 2.50 acre building site, to be subdivided from his 11.65 acre Spring Garden Nursery parcel. A variance will be needed, as zoning requires 5-acre parcels in the area. Lorentz said the size is consistent with a number of other lots in the area, and he believes neighbors will support it. Lorentz was granted a public hearing at the next Planning Advisory Committee meeting on May 14.
Steve Emery, of 330th St., was granted a zoning certificate to build a 166- x 46-feet animal shelter. The estimated cost is $150,000 to 200,000. The barn will replace one that is damaged and slated for removal.
Bryce Emery, of 345th St., was granted permission for a 58- x 34-feet shop and garage. Estimated cost is $45,000.
New Joint Road Maintenance Agreement
The Board signed a new joint maintenance agreement with Cannon Falls Township for a section of Hwy 24 that will be turned back to the Townships after completion of the Hwy 52 interchange. The County will put the road into good order after construction is complete. West of Peterson's Farms, the road turns to run north and south and forms the boundary between the townships. Cannon Falls will maintain the road from November to April, and Stanton from May to October. Extra expense will be equaled out at year end.
Contracts were agreed for road rock and chloride supplies for 2013, with the same contractors and terms as last year. The Township will apply chloride at all intersections to a distance of 100 feet to prevent dust causing an accident hazard. Residents will be able to request chloride application near their residences. They will need to pay what it costs the Township. Grading this summer will start with the Sciota Trail, which was reported to be in the worst condition.
Treasurer Jennifer Ritzman reported Receipts of $40.83 against Disbursements of $9,129.13. Cash on Hand is $307,352.89, and Investments stand at $63,655.00. Bank authorities were set. Checks will usually be signed by the Chair, Treasurer and Clerk. All Supervisors will be signatories. For CDs, the Chair and Treasurer will sign, and for the Safety Deposit box, the Board and the Treasurer.