Fillmore County, Minnesota
Preble Township Board Meeting Highlights
The following topics were discussed at the regular meeting of the board of supervisors held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, beginning at 7:00PM. Official minutes of this board meeting have not yet been approved.
Township officers attending the meeting were Brad Kelly, Neil Halverson, Steve Vrieze, Chuck Olson and David Larson. Township residents Brian Meldahl, Dawn Meldahl, Paul Olson and David Williams attended the meeting. County Road engineer Ronald Gregg attended the meeting. Lyle Sorum attended the meeting. Township road engineer Butch Obieglo attended the meeting.
Brad Kelly, township president, called the meeting to order and led the discussion.
Chuck Olson reported that the township checking account balance at Rushford State Bank was $173,930.70 as of June 30, 2014, after the payment of all June bills. Olson reported that $38,367.66 was expended by the township during June, including $32,795.30 that was disbursed in May but did not clear the bank until June. Olson also reported that $58,055.10 was deposited into the bank during June, including $52,378.06 in property tax revenue.
The township board reviewed bills received by David Larson since the June meeting. The total amount of outstanding bills, excluding current wages, was $41,376.19. Of this amount, $25,520 is payable to Eaton Construction for road construction work, $3,011.47 is payable to Bruening Rock Products for rock and gravel, and $7,832.85 is payable to Sorum & Sons for rock and gravel. All outstanding bills were approved for payment.
Butch Obieglo reported that repair work is being performed on 401st Avenue, and that a replacement culvert will be required. Additionally, road repair work is being performed on Aurora Road (South Fork Hill).
Ronald Gregg, the Fillmore County road engineer, gave a presentation on a proposed replacement bridge that would cross the South Fork Root River on 441st Avenue at the east boundary of section 10 with section 11. The proposed bridge would be a 3-culvert, low water bridge crossing. The essential bridge structure would be a triple line of 14' x 8' box culverts with a 6" concrete slab on top. The width of the bridge roadbed would be 20'. Gregg proposes to construct the new bridge during the summer of 2015. The cost of the bridge would be approximately $200,000, to be paid by the State of Minnesota and paid out of the county's bridge fund. Preble Township would be required to pay $20,000 for the cost of bridge design work and the construction of road approaches to the new bridge. Gregg asked the township board to inform him in approximately 30 days if the proposed bridge is acceptable to the township. Brad Kelly indicated that township officers will meet with residents who use the existing bridge for access to their properties to provide them with information about the proposed bridge replacement.
Coyote Road Cartway
Brian and Dawn Meldahl, who own 5 acres of seasonal recreation property accessed by the Coyote Road cartway, informed the township board that they intend to build a permanent residence on their property within the next year. They would like the township board to upgrade maintenance of the Coyote Road cartway so that it is accessible by regular vehicles year round. Meldahl stated that he spoke with Jim Edgar, the DNR forestry officer in the area, who indicated the DNR would probably contribute funds toward the cost of rock and gravel for Coyote Road. The township board informed the Meldahls that they will study the request.
David Larson informed the township board that the township precinct will host the Minnesota primary election on August 12th, and that he is arranging for election judges for this election.