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October 14, 2019

Stanton supports development proposal

by Paul Martin

Shiny new green folders greeted Stanton Township Board members at their June 15 meeting. They contained the new, completely revised Township ordinance. Laura Peterson, township clerk, said, "Now you can throw away your other folders - yellow, purple, orange, red and blue!" Peterson warmly thanked Dave Garner, for the gift of a new monitor, and Chris Peters, for repairing the parking lot light.

Vince Cockriel, supervisor, reported on his meeting with Griffin Brothers. They want to develop land they own, located on Hwy. 24, just west of Peterson's Turkey Farm, and stretching north to the Little Cannon River.

"We have to think what our options are," said Cockriel. "I'm sure they will not use this property just for farming."

Development Proposals

Three proposals are on the table. Two would involve annexation by Cannon Falls City, and are for 169 or 139 houses on small lots.

Option three is for 59 houses, which would be on lots averaging 3.35 acres, plus a 24-acre horse riding area and barn. A 2-mile walking and riding trail would ring the area, looping down to the river bank. Bob Benson, township chair, said, "It would be better to go with option three, so we keep some control over what happens, and to retain the tax dollars in the township." The Board voted 3-0 to support the third option in concept, and to strongly oppose the other options.

Treasurer Report

Deputy treasurer Sharon Ebert gave the monthly financial report. Investments are at $62,356.98. Receipts were $10,893.09, Disbursements $14,300.20. $10,762.11 was transferred from the General Fund to the Fire Fund, as approved at the May meeting. Liquid Cash is now $131,865.42.

Planning Comm. Vacancy

There is still a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Board members will contact several residents whose names were put forward. Ideally, for good balance, the new member will be a farmer from the west side of the Township. The August Planning Commission meeting will be moved to Monday August 9, because of the Primary Election on August 10.

Sportsmen's Club Permit

Keith Gesme, for the Sportsmen's Club, applied for a permit to attach a covered porch to their building. The Board supported the plans.

Beer License

They also approved the 3.2% beer license for the Summit Golf Course.

Road Maintenance

The summer road maintenance program has been held up by this month's rain. Grading and chloride application will resume when Mother Nature cooperates.


In other business, Paul Schluter reported on meetings he attended about the proposed CapX-2020 power line. There is a move to route it along Hwy. 56, he said, rather than Hwy. 52, so as to keep it away from the city area of Cannon Falls. The Board will oppose the Hwy. 56 route, pointing out the need to keep the line away from Stanton airport.

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