11/27/2013 9:02:00 AM Stanton repeals campground ordinance
by Paul Martin
Stanton Township Board voted at its November meeting to repeal a controversial change to the Town ordinance which was passed in November 2012.
The change added campgrounds as a permitted use in the R-1 rural residential zone, which covers the east side of the Township and the area south of the Lake.
The vote came with little debate, after a Public Hearing at the November 12 meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee made Township opinion clear. At that meeting, 15 out of 16 residents who attended were in favor of repealing the change. In the split vote, Board Chair Bob Benson and Supervisor Dave Pederson voted to repeal, Vice-Chair John Miller voted to keep the change in place.
Harty Appointed to the Planning Advisory Committee
The Board appointed Jeff Harty to take the place on the Planning Advisory Committee left vacant by Paul Schluter's retirement.
Zoning approval was given to Lee Tollefson, who spoke on behalf of the Whitson pit, for an added 12 months of operation. They had been given a temporary permit to extract material for the summer's Hwy 19 and 56 projects. The extension through 2014 will allow them to complete extraction of a shelf of material, and also to dispose of recyclable material left over from the road works.
Approval was also given to Ron Bowen to replace his house at 30467 2nd Ave., Randolph. The house, which was destroyed by fire, will be rebuilt on the same site to a largely similar plan. John Pauley of Prairie Restoration presented the proposal.
Contracts renewed with Fire District, Midcontinent Cable
The Board renewed the contract under which Midcontinent Communications has served the more densely populated area of the Township since 1998. Supervisors had considered charging the company a fee for access to the Township. Miller asked Midcontinent's spokesman, "Would you pass the fee on to customers?" and received the answer, "Absolutely!" Pederson then said, "It is not right to charge a fee that will raise residents' rates." The contract was renewed without substantive change.
Also renewed was the contract with Randolph/Hampton Rural Fire District. Kevin Whitson, 1st Assistant Chief, introduced the contract. The Township will be charged $21,825.24 for 2014. Whitson promised no price increase for the following three years.
No Payment yet from Scouts
Clerk Cheryle Peters said she is corresponding with Ryan McDonald of Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America about a payment in lieu of property tax, but no payment has yet been agreed upon. As a non-profit, the Scouts are exempt from property tax payments on their camp, but in recognition of the heavy usage and wear the camp brings to 310th St., they made a voluntary payment for some years. It was pointed out that 310th is the only Township road that is graveled and treated with chloride every year along its whole length. No payment has been received in the last two years, though. Peters will follow up.
Treasurer Jennifer Ritzman reported Receipts of $594.71 and Disbursements of $9,125.67. Liquid Cash is $203,518.75 and Investments $114,200.87 for a total of $317,719.62. The Liquid Cash figure is considerably higher than needed. The Board agreed to transfer $50,000 to a Building Fund CD that is earning 1% and matures in October 2015.