Pelican Township
Approved Minutes of Board Meetings
SEPTEMBER 13, 2004

The regular meeting  of the Pelican Town Board was called to order by Chairman Bruce Galles. Present: Bruce Galles, Ted Rice, John C. Johnson, Suzanne Goerges and Shirley Wallin.

Minutes of the August 2, 2004 meeting were reviewed. B. Galles made a motion to approve minutes as revised, seconded by J. Johnson, motion carried.

Treasurers report given: Opening Balance: $113,855.33, Receipts: $52,831.42, Disbursements: $14,856.20, Ending Balance: $151,830.55, Checkbook Balance: $426.21, Savings Balance: $151,404.34, All Funds Balance: $151,830.55, J. Johnson made a motion to approve Treasurers Report, seconded by T. Rice, motion carried.

Police Report: Eric was present and handed out the police reports for both July and August as he was not present for our July meeting. Eric said there were very few thefts this summer. Beach is pretty well closed for the season. The host left day before Labor Day Week-End- was a very quiet weekend, had no complaints. This host will not be back next year, Eric told them to advice Mr. Weber so he can be looking for someone else for next year.  Eric also said there is now a gate across the other end of Cullen Channel LN., the side that leads to Co. Rd. 107.  Eric spoke with Tim Polipnick from the City of Breezy Point  about 2 weeks ago as to when the Plant Rd. would be reopened by the Sewer Plant, Tim thought it should be within the month. 

Bills to be paid were reviewed. T. Rice made a motion to pay all bills, seconded by J. Johnson, motion carried.

Correspondences were read. 

Road Report: T. Rice said he has been talking to Duane Blanck from the Crow Wing Co. Hwy Dept. asking if they could put up a guard rail on the corner of Red Oak Rd. and County Rd. 4 on the Lake Edward side and they said they would. He also spoke with Anderson Brothers asking them to please seed the other side of Red Oak Rd. and County Rd. 4 after they tarred the road, this is not done yet. We also need Anderson Brothers to put some more tar down coming off of Red Oak Rd to Beaver Dam rd. as there is still a dip there which may cause problems with the plow this winter. T. Rice said that the Crow Wing County assistant engineer is doing some of the engineering on Channel Lane so we can submit for a grant. If we get any grant money we will need to hire a professional engineer at that point. He is still waiting for quote from Anderson Brothers to redo Sunset Valley Rd. and Channel Lane so Rice can send letters to Margaret Larsonís Land Trust Company and Shrinerís.  Maintenance person having problems with the mower, T. Rice said to just put the mower in the garage and not to do anymore this year, and will look into something different for next year.  Received a complaint from Mick Bourassa who lives on Lakeview Lane, he complained that the cracks were not filled this year and the snowplowing has not been very good the last 2 years.  T. Rice checked with the maintenance person and he is using a different type of tar and it goes down deeper and he didnít  fill the cracks full. We have an agreement with Mission Township where they do our snowplowing on that side of the township, and their schedule of plowing is not as  frequent as Pelican Township. J. Johnson asked if he could check with Mission Township and see if we could swap something else and we plow Pelican Lane, Cantook Dr. & Lakeview LN., may see if they want to do the tarring instead.

Committee Reports:  B. Galles met with 3 County Commissioners, Terry  Sluss, John Ferrari  and Dewey Tautges about the Sanitary Sewer District, board will decide by the end of the year what they will be doing. Next Sanitary Sewer District meeting will be Sept. 29th at 9:00 AM.
Dog Ordinance: will be billed $2.50 per capita and we have 400 in our township , so our bill be will be $1000.00, we  will need to budget for this next year.

Zoning: Received request for zoning change for Timothy Shaw to rezone from Waterfront Commercial to Residential, as the hearing date was before our Sept. meeting date, Clerk sent out the information and polled each Supervisor by telephone call back. The consensus of the Board was that the board had no objection for the rezoning.
John & Lillian Johnson zoning issue to request lot width of 100 ft. and requesting 50 ft. : B. Galles made a motion we send a letter to Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments stating that Mr. Johnson has had 6 consecutive permits 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. The original application made in 1993 had a site plan submitted with application and was filed and approved with correct parcel number by the County. The remaining permits had the wrong parcel number, due to typographical error of County staff. The Board members discussed this at length with Mr. Johnson who is a Supervisor of the Pelican Town Board and after careful consideration of all the facts presented it is the consensus of the board that there was a clear intent on the part of the County to issue permits and did issue 6 identical permits to erect the same structure on that property since 1993. Itís puzzling to us why there is now an objection to a permit issued in 2003 on said parcel. The township therefore has no objection to either the issuance of a new permit or the ability to act under the 6 permits which were issued in succession beginning in 1993. seconded by T. Rice. T. Rice and B. Galles voted in favor, John C. Johnson, abstained.

Old Business: J. Johnson stated that Mr. Shoenhost would be at the property on Sept. 22nd around noon, B. Galles preferred J. Johnson meet with him and being Mr. Shoenhost prefers that he sells it directly to an entity and not an individual, we cannot do anything for at least 6 months, when we have our annual meeting and then we need to get it in our budget. B. Galles also encouraged J. Johnson to seek some funding from Pelican Conservation Club and other sources. J. Johnson will report back at next meeting.

Transfer of Funds: B. Galles made a motion by request of the Treasurer to transfer $3,433.40 from the Rd. & Bridge Fund to the Fire Fund, seconded by J. Johnson, motion carried.

Next regular meeting will be October 4, 2004 at 7:30 PM as Columbus Day is on the 2nd Tuesday and we cannot hold a meeting on a Holiday.

Meeting adjourned by general consent.

Respectfully Submitted,

Shirley Wallin, Clerk