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October 22, 2019

City concerned about interchange issues

by Merry Sawdey

Several zoning permits and a discussion of several ongoing projects were on the Cannon Falls Township agenda on Wednesday, May 12.

On the agenda was a continuation of an orderly annexation by the city of Cannon Falls for a 38 acre parcel of land on the south side of Cannon Falls, on the west side of highway 52.

Geoff Griffin of CF Holdings, LLC wrote up and submitted an annexation agreement with an application to the city; the city submitted a counterproposal, a copy of which they forwarded to the township board.

Keith Smiley, board chairman, talked to community development director Dave Maroney, who said one of the city's concerns is that the Hwy 52 interchange will change the topography of the area, and those changes raise a variety of issues. At the time of the township board meeting, Smiley knew of no response made by the developer to the city's counterproposal. Smiley noted that even if the current version of the agreement goes through, there is still a lot of work to be done.

There is a meeting tentatively scheduled on May 18, between the Cannon Falls Township board and Cannon Falls city council to discuss this possible annexation and the annexation agreement. The township board wants to make sure all legal costs of the annexation are covered.

Zoning Permits

After a public hearing on May 6, with no objections, and a recommendation by the planning commission, a variance and a dwelling permit in section 30 were granted to Sharon Melbo. Also noted was that at one time there was a home on that site which was a consideration.

A zoning permit was also approved for Wayne Fries for an ag building in section 11, after he had applied for a feedlot verification, as well as corrected his setbacks from a previous plan. Because of limited space on the site, the building placement has to be exactly according to the site plan to conform to setback requirements. The township stipulated that the surveyor contact the township and verify that he has placed the corner stakes according to the site plan. Other zoning permits that were approved: Mitch Banks for an ag building in section 28, and Don Fogle for an ag building in section 12. The zoning permit for Loren Evenrud was tabled because of an incomplete application and the absence of the applicant.

Hardwood Way

Road Maintenance

The township board and the city have been working on an agreement for road maintenance for Hardwood Way. After an annexation by the city of Cannon Falls, Hardwood Way fell on the boundary between the city and Cannon Falls Township. The city and the township agreed during the annexation process that an agreement would be created that would specify the responsibilities of each governing body. The township board reviewed the fourth draft of the agreement they had written, which had already incorporated verbal suggestions made by the city works department. The board directed the clerk to send draft #4 back to the city and let them know the board is in agreement with this draft. If city is in agreement, it was suggested that a final agreement can be drawn up.

School Bus Turnarounds

Keith Smiley contacted the bus garage regarding the requirements for bus turn-arounds. They said the only requirement is that there needs to be a minimum of 8 x 45 ft. They also indicated they would send out bus routes for 2010-2011 school year sometime this summer. Smiley said that if a road is not maintained by township, the buses will only go down the road if it has been plowed.

Road Inspection

A road inspection was scheduled for Thursday, May 20, with the inspection carried over to May 27, if necessary. Board members and the clerk will meet at the town hall at 5:15 pm.

Township Concerns

about CapX2020

Debbie Stark, township clerk, received an email about a task force that is being formed to study the routes of the CapX2020 powerline. The email was outdated and the meetings had already taken place at the time the email was sent. Because the power line runs through the township, Keith Smiley had asked the clerk to respond and ask that the township be allowed to send a representative. One township resident had called concerned that the route might run along the service road on Highway 52. The route of the power line would affect property values and limit what can be built under the power lines. The board will continue to follow the CapX2020 project as it continues.

Treasurer's Report

The board approved the monthly report given by Mary Ann Maneval, township treasurer. Her report, for the period April 1-30, 2010, included receipts totaling $100,409.99 for the general fund, road and bridge fund, equipment fund, fire fund, emergency fund, and snow removal fund.

Total disbursements for the month were $109,999.64, which included $35,222.74 for the general fund, $72,029.98 for the road & bridge fund, and $2.746.92 for the snow removal fund. The balance for all six funds at the beginning of the month was $332,843.09 and at the end of the month, $323,244.44.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 pm.

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