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August Meeting 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

August 12, 2020

Participants:  Bailey Nordmann, Tom Radtke, Faye Bruckschen, Mark Reinert, John Mohr, ReNay Lentsch

John Mohr opened the meeting at 7:00 PM.

The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the July regular meeting.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Steve Hackbarth, Chief of the SL Ambulance, was present looking for a contribution to go towards the purchase of a new cot.  He presented a quote for $15,776.    John Mohr motioned to donate $5,000 towards new cot, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

John Mohr contacted Kyle Osmek, AKO, for a proposal for lights in the entry way.  2-4lamp flourescents.  $309.00.  John Mohr also brought up changing all the lights in the hall by retrofit with LED @ $87.40 a piece.  

Mark Reinert motioned not to exceed $2100.00 to replace lighting/fixtures by Kyle Osmek, second by Tom Radtke.  Motion unanimous.

The board discussed the 5 year extension proposal for garbage/recycling service through WM .  Garbage contract will be revisited at the September Regular Meeting.

Darrell Luthens introduced himself to the board.  Mr. Luthens is a County Commissioner candidate for District 4.  

The board discussed the CARES Relief fund and how these funds if signed over would be distributed or handled by the county.     Mark Reinert motioned not to apply for the grant, John Mohr second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

The board discussed the $300.00 donation for Aquatennial and agreed it can be used in 2021.

Mark Reinert received 2 quotes for cleaning out the ditch on 160th/Shultz property: 

  • Wuetherich Drainage
    • Mobilization =$250.00
    • Ditch Cleaning per foot @1100/$1.05 =$1155.00
    • 6’-24” CMP, Labor & Fill = $900
    • Riprap great than 5 CY@14.00/$68.00 = 952.00
    • Total 3257.00
  • Rickert Excavating

Mark Reinert motioned to approve the Rickert Excavating quote, John Mohr second the motion.  Tom Radtke opposed.  Motion carried.

The board discussed Adam Revier’s culvert.  John Mohr went and measured and took pictures.  Tom Radtke had the county measure and found it 34 feet on north side.  Tom Radtke asked about the telephone pole that is there and emphasized that this is not within the town’s authority therefore not the town’s responsibility.  

The proposal is for a 18” inch culvert, 40 ft long.  John Mohr suggested that we replace the existing culvert and extending by 10 feet.  There was discussion over a 75/25 cost split.  He is also recommended an apron on the north side.   John Mohr will be revisiting with Adam Revier and itemize the specifics for this culvert replacement and bring to the September meeting.

The board discussed future protocol/resolution for replacing culverts and will be bringing in the key points to address and have in writing for future reference.

The board discussed Roger Posusta’s concern on Kale Ave.  Mark Reinert forwarded it to the county since it is a county maintained road.

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending July, 2020.  The board discussed the current balances for R& B and General.   Both accounts are in CorTrust.  John Mohr motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

The board reviewed the claims.  Mark Reinert motioned to pay the claims, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Motion made by Mark Reinert to adjourn meeting at 9:10, John Mohr second the motion.  Motion unanimous. 

July Meeting 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

July 8, 2020

Participant:  Bailey Nordmann, Mark Reinert, TomvRadtke, John Mohr, Faye Bruckschen, ReNay Lentsch

Minutes prepared by:  Theresa Rusten

John Mohr opened the meeting at 7:00 PM. 

The board reviewed the meeting notes from the June 10th Regular Meeting.

Jason Hartman was present representing WM to propose a 5 year extension for our garbage/recycling contract.    Mr. Hartman stated the 4-5% increase is due to recycling costs.  The board will revisit at August meeting. 

Theresa Rusten reviewed the CARES fund money that the township could apply for.  The board did not make a decision and would like more information.  The board will review at the August meeting.

The board discussed clean up week.

The board discussed the filing period for 2020 Election.

John Mohr recommended replacing the hallway lights in the entryway.  He suggested getting the light fixtures like in the main room.  Mark Reinert motioned to get quote from Kyle Osmek for a 4 light LED + insulation.   

Bailey Nordmann stated that when they put in the door the contractor used the bench as a work bench.  

Tom Radtke motioned that we purchase a hydraulic closure for the front door, second by Mark Reinert.  Motion unanimous.

Road & Bridge

Mark Reinert reviewed the road right of way statute which is 33 feet from the center of the road.    This review is in regards to the ditch work needed on the Jan Shultz property on 160th.     Tom Radtke stated that the road right of way does not go pass the utility poles in place.   Mark Reinert stated that this ditch is in the road right of way and he motioned to get two bids to clean it out.  John Mohr second the motion.  Tom Radtke opposes stating that this work is not the within township authority.  Motion passes.

The board discussed the credit account for gas at Hutch Coop.

The board discussed the dust coating and are satisfied with the service Envirotech.  There is one manifest missing for 4523 gallons and we will request this from them.  John Mohr requested that we pay the current bill of $126,448.25.  Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

The board discussed the culverts put in place.  John Mohr spoke with resident Adam Revier who had approached the board about his culvert previously about extending his culvert and replacing it since it is caving. Tom Radtke mentioned that the culvert was not in the 33ft road right of way.

The board discussed who was responsible for the culvert replacement costs and the statutes in place.  This culvert project has been tabled until the August meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending June, 2020.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Theresa Rusten to send Cecil Martin a bill for 18yds of gravel  for repairing culvert installation costs.

Mark Reinert motioned to approve paying the claims, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Motion made by Mark Reinert to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

June 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

June 10, 2020

Participants:  Bailey Nordmann, Tom Radtke, John Mohr, Mark Reinert, Faye Bruckschen, ReNay Lentsch

Minutes By:  Theresa Rusten

John Mohr opened the meeting at 7:00 PM.

The board reviewed the meeting notes from the May 13 Regular Meeting.  Tom Radtke motioned to approve the meeting notes.  Mark Reinert second the motion

Jodi Sell, Township Assessor was present. Ms. Sell has submitted her letter of resignation as of July 1, 2020.  Mark Reinert motioned to accept her resignation, Tom Radtke second the motion

Ms. Sell introduced Shawn McCoy.  He is also requesting the same rate $7.50 per parcel.  The board discussed some tax assessment questions with Mr. McCoy.   Tom Radtke motioned to hire Shawn McCoy as township assessor, Mark Reinert second.  Motion unanimous.

John Mohr is recommending that the township purchase a new flag 5×8/hardware.  He stated the cost for the flag will be approximately ~$100. Mark Reinert motioned to approve the purchase of a new flag/hardware, John Mohr second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

The board discussed the mail in ballot letter that went to all residents.

Bailey Nordmann explained the township internet usage.

The board discussed burning permits.

The board discussed the 2020 After Prom donation.  Theresa Rusten will compose a letter to have those funds redirected towards the 2021 After Prom committee.

The board discussed the County Ditch 32 notice that came out regarding the repairs that are being planned.  

The board discussed that the McLeod Coop is replacing overhead cables with buried on Ideal, 160th and 170th.

Tom Radtke stated that the culvert projects should get done with in a month. 

Tom Radtke and Mark Reinert looked at Adam Revier’s culvert situation.  John Mohr will look at it also.

Mark Reinert  completed the tree cleaning on 160th Street and felt enough elevation.  The board discussed if the ditch in question is in the road right away.  Tom Radtke was concerned that this is not the township’s responsibility as the location of the clean out is past the power poles, 24 ft from center.  

John Mohr and Mark Reinert feel is in the road right away, 33 ft from center.  The board will review with county if it is within the town’s right away.

John Mohr looked into getting a fuel cartrol card for Silver Lake/Hutch Coop.  

Tom Radtke reported that 4200 yards of gravel have been used up.  He stated that we have 2 miles to do yet.  He stated the bridge out on County Road 11 is causing a lot of extra miles and extra day.  Tom Radtke stated that we will most likely exceed our capacity of 5000 yards.  The board was fine with going over ~600 yards.   John Mohr suggested more loads be added to some areas on 160th.

Tom Radtke stated that they will be blading Friday, June 12 as dust coating is scheduled for Monday, June 15.

John Mohr gave a road report on the roads being used as detours for the bridge being out.  The county also provided dust coating in front of the resident’s property on 160th between Jade and Cty Rd 2.

The board discussed the conditions left by the tile job done by Cecil Martin on 165th.  Mark Renert stated that he contacted Duane Mallak and told him that due to the poor conditions that a load of gravel fill is needed there and that Hansen’s who will be charging him the residential gravel rate for it.  

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending May, 2020.  Tom Radtke motioned to approve, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Faye Bruckschen presented interest rates from 3 banks.  John Mohr motioned moving $245,000 into a CD from the General Fund at Home State Bank, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous. 

The board reviewed the claims for June.  John Mohr motioned to pay the claims, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.  

Motion made by Mark Reinert to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM,  Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous  

April 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting via Teleconference

April 8, 2020

Participants:  John Mohr, Theresa Rusten, Tom Radtke, Mark Reinert, Faye Bruckschen, ReNay Lentsch, Bailey Nordman

John Mohr opened the meeting at 7:00 PM

The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the March 11 meeting.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve, Tom Radtke second.  Motion carried.

John Mohr gave a report on the entry door.  Currently waiting for some hardware.

Theresa Rusten gave a report on the drop box, one will be ordered from Amazon and installed by contractors hanging door.

Theresa Rusten gave the Clean Up Week report.  Theresa Rusten will be contacting the county for an insert on noxious weeds to add to newsletter.

The board discussed the May meeting.

The board discussed the fire contract, John Mohr will be signing off on it.

Theresa Rusten informed the board about the efile option for burn permits.

Road & Bridge

John Mohr purchased flags and they are available at the hall.

Mark Reinert brought up a collapsed east culvert on 170th street ¼ mile west of Kale.  

John Mohr checked out a collapsed culvert under the driveway on the residence,7614 170th street.  

There were 2 gravel bids received.  One from Hanson (14.44 cubic yard/16.44 for residence) and one from Muellers (17.57 cubic yard/18.57 for residence).

John Mohr motioned to accept Hanson Gravel., Mark Reinert second.  Tom Radtke abstained due to employment.  Motion carried.  Tom Radtke will be contacting Hanson Gravel.

We received one quote from Envirotech.  The quote came in at 1.15 a gallon.   Mark Reinert made a motion not to exceed $100,000 on dust control with Envirotech, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.  Tom Radtke will contact Envirotech.

Tom Radtke discussed a situation regarding a private party making an unapproved driveway access from a cartway to property and causing drainage problems.  He informed Mrs. Wendolek to contact County Commissioner Shimanski.

Mark Reinert got a call by Robert Sellnow on 130th about a culvert that needs to be replaced.  Mark Reinert took a look at it and seen that it is 50ft from the right away and not the township’s responsibility.

Mark Reinert received a request from Hale Township Supervisor to lease out the tractor & road reclaimer.  Mark Reinert to lease tractor/gravel reclaimer for $65/hour.  Theresa Rusten will draft a lease agreement to be reviewed and signed.  Mark Reinert will take the lease to Hale Township.

Theresa Rusten suggested compiling road projects to get quotes from Chad Bandas on such as reclaiming & cutting ditches.  Tom Radtke will contact Chad Bandas and follow up at the May meeting. 

John Mohr will be checking over the tractor and changing oil and light maintenance.  

Theresa Rusten will have affidavits ready for Supervisors to sign.

Tom Radtke gave a report on fiber optic cable being buried by Telecom Construction for Century Link.

John Mohr brought up burying a tile from our sump pump to the ditch away from our septic tanks.  Mark Reinert suggested tying that project in with the culver replacements.

Marion Straecheck brought to John Mohr’s attention some trees growing up around the north side of the bridge on 160th.  

Treasurer’s Report

Faye Bruckschen presented CD/Bond report.  She reported that South Point did not want to open a checking account due to cost of insurance coverage.  

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending March 31.

Tom Radtke motioned to approve the March treasurer’s report, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Faye presented current interest rates for possible CD rates from CorTrust and Security.  

The board reviewed the claim list.  Tom Radtke motioned to approve the claim list, Mark Reinert motioned to approve.  Motion unanimous.  

Tom Radtke mentioned that when bringing the lease over to Hale that he ask them to blade a stretch on 190th to prep it for dust control.  

Mark Reinert motioned to adjourn our meeting at 8:31 PM, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried. 

March 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

March 11, 2020

Participants:  Theresa Rusten, Bailey Nordmann, Faye Bruckschen, John Mohr, Tom Radtke, ReNay Lentsch, John Mohr came at 7:10 PM

Tom Radtke opened the meeting at 7:00 PM.

The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the February 19 regular meeting.  Motion made by Mark Reinert to approve the meeting minutes, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

The hall’s tanks need to be checked.  Pete Schwartzer will be coming to pump the tanks.

The board discussed the newsletter scheduled to go out 1st week in May.

John Mohr called Myron Schuette and they will be here in about 2 weeks.  Door to open to the south with clear glass.

The board discussed the Cennex card.  John Mohr will have them add the name of person charging in the memo.  

Motion made by Tom Radtke to approve a 2 year website renewal fee with GoDaddy for $35.98, second by Mark Reinert.  Motion unanimous, carried.

The board reviewed a 20 ton – class 5 gravel invoice that John Mohr ordered on Monday, March 9.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve the gravel, John Mohr second the motion.  Tom Radtke abstained.  Motion carried.

John Mohr brought up dips in the roads.  He has fixed one on 140th and 170th.  He suggested that we have a couple loads of class 5 and extra rock on hand for repair on site to repair when needed.  Motion was made by Mark Reinert that any Supervisor can replenish the stock pile road maintenance material with an additional load when needed, John Mohr second the motion.   Tom Radtke abstained.  Motion carried.

The board reviewed the 2020 Gravel Notice.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous,  carried.

The board reviewed the 2020 Dust Coating Notice.  Tom Radtke motioned to approve, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried.

Mark Reinert motioned that we pick up 4 foot road flags, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried.

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for month ending 2/29/20. Tom Radtke motioned to approve, Mark Reinert second.  Motion unanimous, carried.

Faye Bruckschen informed the board that 2 of our CD’s term will be up next month.  She presented rates from 6 banks in Hutchinson.  John Mohr motioned that we should move CD 9528 to South Point for 30 month for 2.52 interest,  Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried.

CD 51172 is also termed.  Motion by John Mohr to open a business checking account at South Point by transferring the CD funds.  Mark Reinert second.  Motion unanimous,  carried.

Motion made by Mark Reinert to close the Road and Bridge CorTrust acct and transfer to South Point.  Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried.

Claims were reviewed.  Motion made by John Mohr to pay the claims,  Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous, carried.

Motion made by to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM  by Mark Reinert, second made by Tom Radtke.  Motion unanimous, carried.

February 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

February 19, 2020

Participants:  All

John Mohr opened the meeting at 7:00 PM.   

The meeting notes from January 8th meeting were reviewed.   Board member Tom Radtke brought up that he would like clarification on the segment where John Mohr would make the call for emergency road conditions.  

An addition to the paragraph John Mohr making the needed call to add chips or sand that this service should be applies to 100% of the gravel roads and all intersections that need it.

John Mohr motioned to approve the meeting notes, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Carla Kuehn and Beth Petersen were present representing the After Prom Committee.  This year the event will be at Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. They are seeking a contribution for transportation for ~200 students along with chaperones.  They presented 2 quotes:

Richfield Bus – $5237.11

Lorenz Bus – $4105.00

Theresa Rusten will contact MAT on who to submit the payment to.

Motion made by Tom Radtke to donate $1500.00 towards transportation, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

Claire Witte was present seeking a donation towards the Miss Glencoe program.  She is looking for funds toward the Aquatennial program. The candidate program fee to enter the Aquatennial Ambassador Org program is ~$1400.00/sponsor fee is $65.00.    John Mohr motioned to contribute $300.00, Mark Reinert second the motion. Motion unanimous. 

John Mohr brought in (2) quotes for the door installation of the hall.  One from Schauer Bros for installation, wrap, and to coordinate with Crow River Glass, seal – $1350.00 for labor only.  Myron Schuette was the second quote for $315.00 for just installation. The board discussed the recycling the existing internal trim.  

Fire safety was discussed and the need for the door to open outward.  Mark Reinert motioned to hire Myron Schuette install the door, Tom Radtke second the motion. Motion unanimous.  

John Mohr also received a quote for ceiling tiles in entry and bathroom for $210.24 from Simonson.  John motioned to approve quote, Mark Reinert second the motion. Motion unanimous.  

The preparations for the Presidential Primary were discussed.  Snow removal was discussed and having the plow available. John Mohr will clear out more snow from the hall lot for parking.

Clean Up Week was discussed and the schedule.  2020 Clean Up Week is set for Saturday, May 30 -8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Spruce Ridge only) June 1-June 5 (Spruce Ridge and McLeod Solid Waste)  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

John Mohr motioned to add Mark Reinert to our Life Insurance policy, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

John Mohr informed the board that the furnace ignitor went out.  He contacted Doug Stuewe who replaced it.

Tom Radtke reviewed the boundary and found no changes needed.  John Mohr signed the Census Boundary form.

Road & Bridge

Tom Radtke presented a draft for the 2020 Dust Control.  It will be published in March, due April 6.

Mark Reinert will present a 2020 Gravel Bid notice in March. 

Tom Radtke brought up the plowing of 130th Street and if our plow driver is aware of the shared road contract between Glencoe Township.  John Mohr will review the boundaries with our driver Nick from Muellers. Tom Radtke also brought up a cartway not even in our township that is also getting plowed. 

Treasurer’s Report

Our Well’s Fargo bond was called and is currently in a money market aact.  John Mohr received some quotes for CD interest rates from Well’s Fargo. Faye Bruckschen presented CD quotes that she received.  

John Mohr and Faye Bruckschen will get more information from area banks and bring to the March meeting.

John Mohr motioned to open (2) $250K CD’s – for 2 yrs  in Security Bank using funds from our Landfill Savings acct.  Mark Reinert second the motion. Motion unanimous.

Motion made by Mark Reinert to approve Treasurer’s report for month ending Jan 31, 2020.  Tom Radtke second the motion. Motion unanimous.

Motion made by John Mohr to pay the claims, Mark Reinert second the motion.  Motion unanimous..

Motion made to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 PM by Mark Reinert, Tom Radtke second the motion.  Motion unanimous.

January 2020

Posted in 2020

Rich Valley Township

Regular Meeting

January 8, 2020

Meeting Minutes by: Bailey Nordmann/Theresa Rusten

Board Members Present:  John Mohr, Mark Reinert, Tom Radtke, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen, Bailey Nordmann, RaNay Lentsch 

John Mohr opened the monthly meeting of January 8, 2020 at 7:03 P.M.

Supervisors changed the road on 160th to 180th street in the minutes from last month. Tom Radtke motioned to approve the minutes. Mark Reinert seconded. Motion passes unanimous. 

John Mohr presented the bids for the front entry door from Simonson. 

The bid was on a single entry door and two side lights was $2898.00. 

Another bid for a single entry door 36’’ x 7’ was $1107.98.  

Crow River glass gave the township an estimate at a previous meeting (estimate $450.00/labor included). 

Another estimate was also given on the tile on the ceiling $210.24 for material only. Tom Radtke motioned to go with Crow River Glass. Mark Reinert seconded. Motion passed unanimously. 

Mark Reinert motioned to go with a single entry door for $1107.98 after John Mohr calls the insurance for the township hall. Tom Radtke seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

Theresa presented the 2019 profit/loss report draft. Any questions or concerns should be brought up at the February meeting. 

Theresa brought up to get a mailbox outside the township hall, she will bring quotes. 

Board members were reminded that pay claims need to be at the hall by Sat. prior to meeting. 

Retention schedule was approved by the historical society all documents will be processed and disposed of properly by the contract of the retention schedule. 

Waste Management EFT method was discussed. Pay Waste Management by electronic method. Mark Reinert motioned to pass. Tom Radtke seconded. Motion passes unanimously. 

Presidential Primary set for March 3rd, 2020 7:00am – 8:00pm.

Election judge roster just for the Primary are:

 Theresa Rusten – Head Judge

Tom Radtke

 Sandi Senki

 Faye Bruckschen

 Marion Straechek. 

Mark Reinert motioned to approve election judge roster. Tom Radtke seconded. Motion passes unanimously. 

Road & Bridge

The Road Agreement between Rich Valley and Glencoe township has been completed. 

Township equipment has been moved from Ardolfs as of 12/28/2019 to Roger Ostlie with rent staying the same at $900.00 per year.

Polifka bid on conbit bill clarification was presented by John Mohr. There was 3 10 yard loads of conbit and 2 10 yard load of crushed concrete that were applied to road rough spots on Garden Ave and 180th street.

Due to very slippery conditions and residents going into the ditches, John Mohr used 6 scoops of his sand and his bobcat to spread on 160th by bridge. 

Mark Reinert motioned to approve the sand reimbursement for John Mohr. John Mohr abstained , Tom Radtke denied motion.  Motion does not pass.  

Distribution of limestone chips was discussed.  Theresa Rusten to contact WM Mueller to discuss where chips get put.

John Mohr will make the call if there is a snow/ice emergency on the township roads to keep the residents safe.  This is in regards to sanding or applying chips to any intersections that need it along with applying to 100 % of the roads.  Mark Reinert motioned to approve. John Mohr seconded. Motion passes unanimously. 

Gravel/Dust Coating bid will be put into the paper in early March. Tom Radtke will be taking care of Dust coating, Mark Reinert will be taking gravel bids. They will present next meeting. 

John Mohr will get a gas card at Silver Lake Cenex, Mark Reinert motioned to get an account at Silver Lake Cenex for the township tractor. Tom Radtke seconded. Motion passes unanimously. 

Township Finance

Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurers report.  Faye Bruckschen will be bringing interest rate information to revisit the call of our 2nd Wells Fargo bond.

Claims and disbursements were presented. Tom Radtke motioned to pay the bills. Mark Reinert seconded. Motion passes unanimously. 

Tom Radtke motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:38pm. Mark Reinert seconded. Motion passes unanimously.