8/29/2014 10:03:00 AM Penfield surplus will go to roads
by Paul Martin
Stanton Town Board met on August 19, and accepted legal advice to place the surplus from the Penfield sub-division road project into the General Fund. About $16,000 was left over in the Penfield Fund after roads near St. Paul's Church were blacktopped.
Supervisors at first hoped to return the money to the owners of the properties assessed for the Fund, believing this was the original intention. However, when they sought the advice of Minneapolis attorney Troy Gilchrist, who helped draft the documents, he wrote that there would be more legal difficulties in returning the money than placing it in the Township General Fund. Changes in ownership would cause serious issues, especially if properties had been foreclosed, he said.
The Board voted three to zero to accept Gilchrist's offer to draft a resolution. They asked him to note as he does so that they still intend to earmark the surplus money for use on Penfield area roads.
Treasurer Jennifer Ritzman
reported July receipts of $124,149.27 against disbursements of $13,301.82, giving a balance of $266,602.86. Investment Funds stand at $170,008.35, and the total balance is $436,611.21. Receipts include $621 which is the first Township Support payment from the State of Minnesota.
Roads and Permits
Supervisors voted to keep warning signs on the Little Cannon Bridge on Oxford Mill Road, but not to install guardrails. This had also been the subject of several months research and debate. They also decided to reassign some uncompleted culvert and brush clearing jobs to a contractor able to give prompt service. Repairs have started on roads that suffered damage in the weekend's heavy rain, especially Stanton Trail.
Public Hearings for planning variances were granted to Aaron Deutsch (Deerwood Drive) and Curtis Lerum (323rd St. Way), who both plan to build garages, and to Aaron Gilbertson, who plans to build a house near Hwy 56 and 310th St. Way.