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, November 18, 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 Paul Olson and David Williams attended the meeting. DNR forestry officer Jim Edgar 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 $66,626.65 as of October 31, 2014, after the payment of all October bills. Olson reported that $20,206.01 was expended by the township during October. Of that amount, $12,090.30 represents a semi-annual loan payment to Bank of the West for purchase of the road grader. Olson also reported that $3,580.00 was deposited into the bank account, and $2,047.00 of that amount was a payment for road grading services from neighboring Blackhammer Township.
The township board reviewed bills received by David Larson since the October meeting. The total amount of outstanding bills, excluding current wages, was $2,965.32. All outstanding bills were approved for payment.
Butch Obieglo reported that all roads have been recently plowed where required. Obieglo stated that the township is out of its supply of ice-rock, but that he is expecting a delivery of additional ice-rock within one week.
Coyote Road Cartway
Jim Edgar, the DNR forestry officer in Preston, confirmed that the DNR is contributing $500 toward the purchase of gravel to be applied on Coyote Road. The township will contribute a matching $500 toward this gravel purchase.
Camper Lane Road Maintenance
Jim Edgar asked the township board if Preble Township would be interested in maintaining Camper Lane, a roadway leading to DNR property in section 19 of the township. Edgar stated that the DNR would be willing to contract with Preble Township and pay for maintenance of this road. Brad Kelly stated to Edgar that Camper Lane is not a township roadway, but that the township would consider entering into a contractor's agreement with the DNR for maintenance of this roadway. The township will contact Edgar with its decision within 60 days.
Year 2015 Budget Preparation
David Williams circulated copies of the year 2014 budget, and the township board began preliminary discussions about preparation of the year 2015 budget. Williams will work with Brad Kelly and David Larson to develop an initial draft of the year 2015 township budget.
Brad Kelly reported that he spoke with the owner of CPU, a computer sales and repair shop in Cresco, about options for Preble Township to purchase a replacement laptop computer for the township clerk. The owner of CPU gave Kelly several options for a replacement laptop. Following discussion, the township board agreed to purchase a new laptop from CPU for a purchase price of approximately $750.
Brad Kelly reported that the township board should again consider whether Preble Township will provide snowplowing services to township residents who request assistance. The township board agreed to provide snowplowing services again this winter to requesting township residents at prices of $50, $75 and $100 -- depending upon the length of the driveways to be plowed. The road engineer will determine the price to be charged by the township. Additionally, the township will not provide snowplowing services to residents who have not paid outstanding invoices for plowing during the 2013-2014 winter season. All snowplowing invoices must be fully paid within 30 days after they are sent to township residents.