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2011 December

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
December 14, 2011
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Don Lhotka
Meeting minutes from the November meeting were reviewed by the board. Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting minutes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report. Bob Novak motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Bob Novak motioned to place the November 2/3 Tipping Fee in the General Fund, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Bob Shanahan was present. Don Lhotka invited Bob Shanahan to look at the township property for cleanup.
Bob Shanahan stated that there are some trees worth keeping on the property. Mr. Shanahan stated that it is hard to give a quote for this type of a job, he is estimating 112 medium to large trees/numerous small ones that he feels could come down. His rough estimate was $12,000.00.
He stated he would like to do the cleaning in stages and would like to be billed monthly.
Bob Novak motioned to hire Bob Shanahan’s Tree Service to clean out the hall grove, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Jim Popelka motioned to conduct the ReOrg meeting following the January 11th regular meeting, Bob Novak second the motion.
Theresa Rusten stated that we will need get Electronic Servicing here to realign the internet dish.
Don Lhotka will be contacting Mueller’s to do some blading.
Bob Novak stated that the Mohr’s removed the solid mail box base. Bob Novak stated that the board will need to review others that may be unsafe, like that at the Rusten residence. Bob Novak suggested that in the Spring we may want to consider the break away mail posts for all properties.
Bob Novak brought up that he will be bringing in some information on getting some road maintenance information to the next meeting.
Theresa Rusten asked the board to consider placing a vanity in the bathroom and adding a paper towel dispenser. Jim Popelka motioned to have Larry Lhotka replace the sink & upgrade to a sink vanity, Bob Novak second the motion.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Motion made by Jim Popelka to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 PM, second made by Bob Novak.

2011 November

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
November 9, 2011
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Don Lhotka, Theresa Rusten
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the October 12th meeting.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
General Fund – $105,818.31
R & B – $109,807.49
Landfill Abatement – $313,920.25
CD 50585 – $523,274.40
CD 84786 -$145,514.55
CD 84976 – $124,525.52
Landfill 2/3 Savings – $681,755.66
Bob Novak motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Don Lhotka motioned to place the 2/3 October tipping fee into R & B, Bob Novak second the motion.
Theresa Rusten would like to take the payroll information to Schad, Lindstrom for W2 prep, Don Lhotka motioned to have Schad & Lindstrom do the boards W2’s, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Don Lhotka mentioned that the lack of rain has caused problems with blading, it’s so rock hard.
Don Lhotka mentioned dust coating the entire township next year. Donald Lhotka will be looking into this and bringing more information to the next meeting.
Detective Joe Oliver was here and asked if there were any issue the board would like to discuss.
Theresa Rusten stated that the website is a mess. She will be looking into the lost meeting minutes that were once posted and looking at getting additional support and possibly a new company that can support our needs.
Bob Novak motioned to pay the bills, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Don Lhotka motioned to adjourn the meeting, motion second by Bob Novak.

2011 October

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township Meeting
Regular Meeting
October 12, 2011
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Don Lhotka, Theresa Rusten
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the Sept. 14, 2011. Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for the September 30th balances.
General = $117,761.76
R & B = $63,487.96
Landfill Abatement = $294,732.14
CD’s = $793,314.47
Savings = $681,755.66
Bob Novak motioned to approve the treasurer’s report/Jim Popelka second the motion.
Faye Brusckschen asked the board where to deposit Sept. tipping fee and Don Lhotka motioned to place 2/3 of the tipping fee into R & B, second made by Jim Popelka.
There are currently burning restrictions in McLeod County. There will be no new permits issued until the burning restrictions are lifted. Any permits that were previously issued are considered to be void until the restrictions are lifted. The MN DNR and McLeod Sheriff’s office will be enforcing statutes. We will be revised when the restrictions will be lifted.
Theresa Rusten bought up the phone conversation with Glencoe Township clerk, Loren Mackenthun.
Glencoe Township has hired Mollnau Trucking for snow removal and are questioning how we want to handle the shared road, 130th Street.
Theresa Rusten informed the board that Glencoe Township will be paying $98.00 per hour.
The board discussed that with that cost that Glencoe Township can be responsible for plowing 130th street and bill Rich Valley Township for their portion.
Don Lhotka will contact McLeod County to inform them that they do not have to plow 130th street.
Dave Luedtke from Luedtke Contracting was here and presented a bill for working on 160th by the Mohr residence.
Don Lhotka mentioned to look at the ditch of 160th, west of Emme’s . It’s a dangerous road with the filed higher then the road. He asked if he could come with some estimates for the Nov. 9th meeting.
Don Lhotka will be contacted Mueller’s to blade now that we got some rain.
Theresa Rusten presented the letter to John & Bonnie Mohr in regards to their mailbox base being non compliant with MN Statute 169.072. The board signed the letter and it was sent.
Don Lhotka will be contacting Bob Shanahan about trimming trees 186th street.
Don Lhotka presented a snow plowing bid from Chad Bandas for cartways at $60.00 an hour. Plowing town hall will be $38.00 a visit. Bob Novak motioned to hire Chad Bandas for snow removal on cart ways and hall snow removal, second made by Jim Popelka.
The board will be cleaning up the basement on October 29th, 9:30 AM.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, second made by Jim Popelka.
Motione made by Jim Popelka to adjourn the meeting, second made by Bob Novak.

2011 September

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
September 14, 2011
Participants: Jim Popelka, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM. The meeting began by the board reviewing the meeting notes from the Aug.10, 2011 regular meeting.
Bob Novak motioned to approve the meeting notes, Faye Bruckschen second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
Cash Balances as of 8/31/11 is as follows:
General – $62,096.16
R & B – $69,974.85
Landfill Abatement 1/3 Acct. – $523,274.40
Savings – $680,811.48
CD’s – $793,314.14
Faye Bruckschen stated that we will be receiving ~$85 coming from the August tipping fee.
Faye Bruckschen stated that instead of placing in 2/3 & 1/3 accounts that we should build the general and R & B funds. Don Lhotka motioned to place the August tipping fee into the general account, second made by Bob Novak.
Don Lhotka said he will be talking to Phil Nowak about reroofing the town hall.
Wayne Albrecht was present representing Doug Portele and they were wondering if there was anything decided about the tiling discussion from last month.
Don Lhotka stated that he talked to the township attorney and was instructed not to get into projects like this. He stated that once you start that for one property owner you will be asked again.
The township would need to consider to build up the road if the situation gets to that point.
Mr. Albrecht asked if there was any way that the board would be able to help out with any funds to help with this situation and Bob Novak stated that the township cannot support this drainage/tiling project.
Township Phone
Theresa Rusten purchased a phone for a trial run for the township. She stated that it is a T-Mobile package and the phone is a smart phone. Don Lhotka motioned to reimburse Theresa Rusten for the phone, Jim Popelka second the motion. Motion made by Don Lhotka for Theresa Rusten to charge the township every other month for phone usage, second made by Jim Popelka.
Township Basement Cleanup
The board looked at the basement to determine what is needed to clean it up. Discussion determined that the board will get together and clean it in October.
Bob Novak stated that we should send an official letter to John Mohr to redo his mailbox. Bob Novak instructed Theresa Rusten to draft a letter to review at the next meeting.
Don Lhotka stated that a person cannot get into 186th street due to the trees/shrubs . Don Lhotka stated he talked to Bob Shanahan about doing the project.
$165.00 per hour including bucket, truck, chipper & chip truck. Motion made by Jim Popelka to accept Bob Shanahan’s bid on taking care of the trimming, second by Bob Novak.
Bob Novak motioned for Don Lhotka to contact the county to cut the ditches, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Jim Popelka stated that Jim Sellnow is now putting in culverts in on 130th street. Mr. Sellnow asked Jim Popelka if the township would replace the culvert there. Don Lhotka and Jim Popelka will check out the situation. Bob Novak motioned that if Don Lhotka and Jim Popelka deem it acceptable for the township to be responsible to replace the culvert that it can get done prior to the October meeting, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Theresa Rusten brought the McLeod County Transportation Forum on September 22, 2011, 1-4 in the Glencoe City Center.
Bob Novak motioned to pay the bills, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Bob Novak motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:27, second made by Jim Popelka.

2011 August

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
August 10, 2011
Participants: Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen
Absent: Jim Popelka
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the July 13th meeting. Bob Novak motioned to approve the meeting notes, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending in July.
General Account = $65,586.29
R & B = $67,274.24
Landfill Abatement = $261,624.16
CD’s = $770040.07
Savings = $680,811.48
CD 50256 will be maturing on Aug 17th. Faye Bruckschen brought in interest quotes. Bob Novak motioned to renew a CD at First Minnesota for 2 years at .55, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen asked the board if she should put the July 2/3 Landfill tipping into the R & B account. Bob Novak motioned to put the July 2/3 tipping fee in R&B, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Doug Portele was here and asked the board if they had a chance to look at the water issues on Imperial. Both Bob Novak and Don Lhotka looked at the situation.
Doug Portele stated that the ASC office said we could do what is needed as long as we stayed away from the wetland. Don Lhotka stated that if we tile for him we would be opening the board up for all kinds of problems. Bob Novak also mentioned it really isn’t a township responsibility.
Don Lhotka mentioned that an option would be to contact a township attorney to see what the township could do legally.
Doug Portele suggested placing a ~1500 tile from Imperial to Bakke’s ditch. This tile would not get utilized for agricultural purposes from property owner. Don Lhotka will be contacting the township attorney to discuss options.
Phil Nowak from Phil Nowak Construction. Phil Nowak showed the board the tin and stripping samples.Phil Nowak stated that the price of tin went up and the quote would go up $300.00, resulting in a $10,500.00 bid. Bob Novak motioned to hire Phil Nowak to reroof the township hall at a bid of $10,500.00, Don Lhotka second the bid. The board informed Phil Nowak to tin it in Colonial Red.
Brenda Chmielewski was present and stated she would like to apply for the Rich Valley Township Assessor position. Brenda Chmielewski brought to the attention that the current assessor, Conrad Anderson has had some charges for 2nd degree assault. The board informed Ms. Chmielewski that theboard will have to wait until the case is tried and more information is brought forth on Conrad Anderson’s position.
Road Conditions
Don Lhotka mentioned that we will blade roads once we get some rain.
Theresa Rusten brought up the fact of getting some signs for the township to have to put out when the roads are being fixed or closed. Bob Novak will be checking into road signs for the township.
Bob Novak brought a quote of $2350.00 from Dave Luedke to clean out the ditch east of John Mohr’s driveway. This would include picking up culvert, installing it,rip rap, seed and blanket,
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the quote, Bob Novak second the motion.
Bob Novak motioned to purchase a 50 x 18 culvert for this ditch along with 2 aprons, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak will sign the contract once the certificate of liability insurance is submitted.
Don Lhotka is taking the tractor in to get fixed. Once he takes it in, he will be cutting the cart ways.
Theresa Rusten reminded Don Lhotka when he does cut ditches to invoice the township on this time.
Don Lhotka motioned to have Pete Schwartz to pump the township tanks, Bob Novak second the motion.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, motion seconded by Don Lhotka.
Motion made by Bob Novak to adjourn the meeting at 8:55, second made by Don Lhotka.

2011 July

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
July 13, 2011
Participants: Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Don Lhotka, Faye Bruckschen, Theresa Rusten
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 P.M.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the June 8, 2011 Regular Meeting. Bob Novak motioned to approve the meeting noted, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the June 30th finance report. Monthly balances as of June 30, 2011 are as follows:
General – $69,839.96
R & B – $91,990.76
Landfill Abatement – $291,875.64
CD’s – $770,040.07
Saving s – $680,811.48
Bob Novak motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Doug Portele came to the board concerned about the water on both sides of 145th street and the water coming to his property by Imperial Rd. He stated that the line and culverts on his property cannot handle the drainage coming through.
He stated that if there was another tile line that would come through his property it would take care of the wet land run off. Bob Novak stated that if these are wet lands that we are dealing with, we may have DNR issues.
He stated that there are already culverts in place in these marsh lands that are completely submerged and cannot do what they are supposed to do.
Bob Novak stated that the board will need to take a look at the situation to see what can be done.
Bob Novak mentioned to Doug Portele to check with the ASC office to see what can be done.
Matt Maes was present from Waste Management. Mr. Mies put together a proposal, extending the contract 3 years at the current rate. They are requesting the addition of a fuel protection table for the next contract. The board discussed the fuel surcharge table. Bob Novak asked when the fuel surcharge when come into place. Mr. Maes stated that the >$4.oo surcharge would happen if a certain amount of time within the month went over this cost.
Jim Popelka motioned to approve the proposal, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak asked if there was an out clause in the contract in case the service goes bad and Mr. Maes stated that there is a 30 day notice clause that gives them time to rectify the situation.
Theresa Rusten asked how the customer service process works.
Bob Novak asked about getting a tour of the recycling center and Mr. Maes stated that they would be proud to show their facilities and the recycling process.
Theresa Rusten talked to the board about purchasing a township cell phone. Theresa Rusten will bring quotes to the September meeting.
The board reviewed the letter from the Eggerts (Mabel Susdorf residence). Theresa Rusten will be putting together resolutions for garbage pick up and clean up week.
Don Lhotka received quotes for shingling the town hall.
Matthew Vasek Construction – Shingles -$7862.07
Phil Nowak- Steel – $10,205.37 pro snap / Steel $7651.27 fasteners exposed
Shauer & Sons – Steel – $14316.18/Shingles $10,337.26
Don Lhotka will invite Phil Nowak to the next meeting for a follow up on his quote proposal.
Road Conditions
Roads will need to be bladed.
There are complaints about dust coating on 155th street. Mrs. Larry Zerwas contacted Don Lhotka and stated that they did a poor job and the roads were bladed afterward and now it is dusty.
Bob Novak was working Dave Luedke about getting a quote to repair the road ditch in front of the Mohr residence on 160th street to prevent run off.
Don Lhotka informed the board that he received a quote from Ron Pagel to spray brush/weeds @ $95.00 per hour. Bob Novak motioned to approve to have Ron Pagel spray for $95.00, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Motion by Jim Popelka to pay the bills, second made by Bob Novak.
Motion made Jim Popelka to adjourn the meeting at 9:10, second made by Bob Novak.

2011 June

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
June 8, 2011
Participants: Don Lhotka, Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Faye Bruckschen, Theresa Rusten
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the May 11, 2011 meeting. Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting minutes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurers report.
General – $83,173.92
R & B – $67,858.38
Landfill Abatement – $275,526.96
Bob Novak motioned to place 2/3 of the Sanitation tipping fee for the next two months into the R & B fund, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Glencoe Fire Department was present seeking donation for rescue equipment, Jaws of Life. They stated that the unit that they had was 20 years old and broke down . The new equipment would have interchangeable equipment.
They also stated that currently there are no funds available.
Don Lhotka stated that we should table the answer, Bob Novak felt the need was there that a decision should be made.
Jim Popelka motioned to purchase the 6.5 HP Honda Power Unit for $5,425.00 from Metro Fire, Bob Novak second the motion.
Travis Peterson was present seeking approval on a Mining CUP. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the permit, Bob Novak second the motion.
Bruce Exsted stated that he needs a culvert on 17485 Ideal replaced , Don Lhotka motioned to approve the replacement, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Don Lhotka will work on getting it done.
Harry & Dorothy Eggert were present. They explained to the board their situation with the garbage and tires left on their mother’s property. They are not residents of the township and are requesting the township assist with the clean up of tires. Bob Novak informed them that it is not the township’s responsibility to pay for clean up on personal property.
Theresa Rusten informed the board that Harry and Dorothy Eggert have been receiving the clean up week cards since 2008 along with garbage/recycling carts.
Mr. Eggert said that all he wants to get rid of is the tires. They are working on cleaning up the property and would like to continue to and would like a card.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve giving them another clean up week card and that they will need to follow the limits placed, Bob Novak second the motion.
Ron Hanson was present seeking approval for Temporary Haul Road Designation Route, five year permit.
Bob Novak motioned to approve the hauling permit, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Theresa Rusten will be creating resolutions for clean up week and garbage pickup.
Theresa Rusten asked if we can get someone in to finish the township desk and file cabinet. Motion made by Don Lhotka to hire Larry Lhotka to finish putting together the office furniture, second made by Bob Novak.
Theresa Rusten brought up having regular office hours during the week for the residents like every Wed.
Theresa Rusten will also be bringing in some quotes for a phone package.
Road Conditions
Don Lhotka brought up 130th street Sellnow residence situation and surrounding flooded property. Don Lhotka stated that the back up is due to a lacking of a culvert and upright between Exsted’s and Haags.
Bob Novak will be talking with a township attorney to see what the township can do about the situation to protect 130th street.
Don Lhotka presented to the board a price for the three culverts of $1521.13, 186th, Ideal, Don Popelka.
A quote was also presented for culvert placement from Ken Mathews, $900.00 and for tiling on 160th street = $3.50 a foot, $100.00 an hour to find where the problem is.
Bob Novak also suggested hiring Mathews to repair the Exsted culvert. Motion made by Bob Novak to approve the purchase of culverts and hiring Ken Mathews to place them, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Theresa Rusten read an email to the board in regards to a resident who lives on County Road 2 and due to possibly letting them take items for clean up week at a later date.
Theresa Rusten will be contacting them to let them know they can do this.
Don Lhotka informed the board that we should be receiving some quotes for reroofing the township hall.
Jim Popelka had Doug Henderson talk to him about the cartway on 14989 Harvest Road is need of gravel. Jim Popelka motioned to take two small loads in, bob Novak second the motion.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, second made by Jim Popelka.
Motion made by Bob Novak to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 PM, second made by Jim Popelka.

2011 May

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
May 11, 2011
Participants: Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Don Lhotka, Faye Bruckschen, Theresa Rusten
Don Lhotka opened the 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the April meeting. Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurers report for April. Bob Novak motioned to accept the treasurer’s report, Jim Popelka second.
Theresa Rusten brought to the boards attention that the family of Mabel Susdorf are once again asking for a clean up week card. The board stated that they are not residents and they already received one card.
Theresa Rusten will be putting together the following resolutions:
• Garbage Collection for residents
• Clean Up week residents
• Hall Rental
Joe Vokal was here concerned about his road on 190th street. Don Lhotka said Hale township maintains the road in front of his residence.
Joe stated that Mueller & Sons has been maintaining this road and Don Lhotka stated that they shouldn’t , that this is the county’s road to maintain.
Mr. Vokal was instructed to contact the county.
The 2011 newsletter was mailed out.
Theresa Rusten informed the board about the library donation situation. The board instructed Theresa Rusten to discuss the library donation with the City Administrator.
We may need to change the July meeting date, plan b date will be to have the meeting on July 6 instead of the 13th.
Road Conditions
Three colverts are needed:
• Ideal Avenue, Ostlie field approach (16”, 40 ‘)
• 187th street (16” 40’)
• Don Popelka field approach (16” 40’)
Muellers want to haul gravel and Don Lhotka informed them that there is still road restrictions and they may not be able to do it for one or two weeks.
John Mohr has stated that he wants a load of crushed tar to fill the bridge holes.
Don Lhotka will fill with some crushed concrete.
Don Lhotka said he checked the road conditions on 130th street that Robert Sellnow has concerns about at the April meeting.
Don Lhotka stated that there may be some tile plugged on the property somewhere and is not the township’s responsibility.
Don Lhotka mentioned that we need to get something done with the roof. He had suggested tin.
He suggested to have Steve Schauer and Randy Vasek to come and look at it and get some quotes.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Jim Popelka motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:20, Bob Novak second the motion.

2011 April

Posted in 2011

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
April 13, 2011
Present: Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen, Jim Popelka
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the March regular meeting. Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
General – $50,801.87
Road & Bridge – $84,417.73
Landfill Abatement – $266,504.56
Savings – $679,710
CD’s – $770052
Don Lhotka mentioned that we will need funds in Road & Bridge for graveling/dust coating. Bob Novak motioned to accept, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen is recommending to place 2/3 of the March’s tipping fee into the Road & Bridge, Bob Novak motioned to approve placing this amount into the Road & Bridge, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Matt Maes, was present representing Waste Management. He has been working for Waste Management for 4 years. Waste Management has purchased TCW.
Mr. Maes stated that WM would honor the contract that the township had with TCW.
The board brought up the fact that we were going to be placing an add for bids. Mr. Maes stated that we would like the opportunity to have a meeting
The township will be using the existing TCW carts.
Jim Popelka asked about the single sort recycling program and Mr. Maes stated that the county requires single and Mr. Maes stated that the recycling program will remain the same. He stated that it is now taken to the Norwood single stream transfer facility.
Bob Novak asked if the garbage goes to Spruce Ridge and Mr. Maes stated it did.
Theresa Rusten asked for some phone numbers to be added to the township newsletters.
Mr. Maes will be contacting Theresa Rusten and provide contact numbers for the newsletter.
Robert & Jodi Sellnow, live on 130th street and read a letter.
Their driveway is underwater. 130th street in starting to deteriorate due to the water build up and is not able to flow properly. They are asking that this road get repaired and perhaps a new culvert get put in.
Mr. Sellnow stated that if we were to place a culvert in the Haag property that it would perhaps take care of the problem.
Don Lhotka will check the culvert on 130th street 30 feet from the Sellnow driveway and flag it if necessary.
Roger Ostlie was present, he is working on cleaning the hall property on the north side of the grove.
Mr. Ostlie was talking about perhaps taking down some trees. Theresa Rusten brought up the fact that if trees are going to get removed, Mr. Ostlie should have some type of liability coverage. Or she stated
that if a board member were present working with him to drop a tree. Don Lhotka mentioned not to take any trees but can remove what is already down.
Mr. Ostlie stated that the culvert right across his driveway needs to get done, it is completely collapsed.
Don Lhotka will check into the culvert need.
Theresa Rusten showed the board the 2011 Newsletter.
McLeod County Historical Society $500, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Fire contracts were signed.
Resolution 0411 to record 184th street as a township road was brought forward for Board approval. Motion made by Bob Novak to sign resolution, second by Jim Popelka.
We received a quote from WM out of Hamburg for $9.25 per CY. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the bid of Muellers, Jim Popelka second the motion. Theresa Rusten will contact Muellers and discuss resident hauling.
Don Lhotka stated that Glencoe Township approached us about going in on a used snow plow and if Rich Valley may be interested in it, the board did not feel owning a plow would be in our best interest.
Theresa Rusten asked the board for a flood damage estimate for FEMA. Don Lhotka informed her that the cost does not exceed $1000.00 that we should only need about three loads of gravel to repair.
Don Lhotka brought in some soil samples from 160th street. He will be getting a quote for tiling it from Mathews and bring it the next meeting.
We had a flood in that basement and will need to get a dumpster and clean house this summer.
The county is stating that we need to get the stumps removed on 160th & Koniska. Bob Novak, Novak Stump Removal, would do it for $65.00 an hour. Don Lhotka motioned to hire Novak Stump Removal, Jim Popelka second. Bob Novak will need to provide a certificate of liability insurance.
Theresa Rusten would like to mow lawn for the township again this year. DL motioned to approve, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Theresa Rusten stated that the wireless modem is out and will be getting someone in to look at it.
Motion made by Bob Novak to pay the bills, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Motion made by Bob Novak to adjourn the meeting at 9:10, second made by Jim Popelka.

2011 Board of Appeal & Equilization
Author: Rich Valley Township Category: 2011 Meetings
Rich Valley Township
Board of Appeal & Equilization
April 13, 2011
Present: Theresa Rusten, Don Lhotka
Assessors present: Brenda Chimelewski, Conrad Anderson
The 2011 Rich Valley Township Estimated Market Value and sale packet was distributed to the board.
Conrad Anderson recommended P# 011.0800, 8675 180th Street owned by Charlie Schmidt.
The FSA was only showing 4 of tillable A acreage and Mr. Anderson is recommended moving 4 acres into C. There was also a drainage ditch under water (9 acres) ,moved 3 acres to the lowest waste value.
Land went to $182,000 and moved to $161,000 to land market value.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve value recommendation, Bob Novak second the motion.
Mr. Anderson also recommended owned Majorie Wolter, P# 0250600, 40 acres in Section 25, SE/SE.
He is recommending putting 15 acres of the pasture land under waste. Bob Novak motioned to approve the recommendation, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak motioned to close the Board of Appeal at 7:00 PM, Don Lhotka second the motion.

2011 March

Posted in 2011

March 2011 Meeting Minutes
Author: Rich Valley Township Category: 2011 Meetings
Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
March 9, 2011
Participants: Jim Popelka, Bob Novak, Don Lhotka, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen
Don Lhotka opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the February meeting, Jim Popelka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Bob Novak second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
General Fund = $62,228
R & B = $85,595
Landfill = $254,330
Savings = $654,540
CD’s = $770,040
Bob Novak motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Jim Popelka second the motion.
George Jones came forward with an issue about 184thstreet; this road has never been dedicated as a township road. He is currently seeking a warranty deed on some property and is asking that this road get dedicated. Theresa Rusten will contact the township attorney on this. The other cartways that need to be looked at 186th & 187th.
Matt Maes from Waste Management was not able to make it to the meeting tonight. He will be meeting with Theresa Rusten on Wed. March 16 at 2:30 to discuss billings and other issues.
The board went over illegal dumping protocol.
The board completed the 2010 Weed report.
Mn Dot will be doing core samples on 160th street.
For grading roads, we received a quote from Mueller’s and Sons for $125.00, same as last year for 2011.
Jim Popelka motioned to approve having Muellers grade for next year, Bob Novak second the motion.
Don Lhotka wanted approval to order 150 gallons of gas for ditch cutting if needed, JP/BN.
Theresa Rusten will place a gravel bid in the paper.
Dust Coating quote came in for 30,000 gallons at .80 a gallon. Bob Novak motioned to approve and have DCI do our dust coating, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Bob Novak mentioned that we should compiling vendors for garbage removal. Theresa Rusten will bring in a bid for the board to review.
Bob Novak motioned to pay the bills, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Don Lhotka motioned to pay the moderator from the Annual Meeting $30.00, Jim Popelka second the motion.
Bob Novak motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 PM, Jim Popelka second the motion.
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