Town of West Sweden-Monthly Meeting

July 15, 2008


Meeting called to order at   6:30 p.m.       Present at the meeting were Dennis O’Donnell- Chairman, Scott Wilder and Glenn Meier- Supervisors, Phyllis Wilder – Treasurer and Lori Lundquist-Clerk.  Residents and onlookers included Kevin Taylor, William Johnson and Steve Warndahl.

The meeting was called to order by Dennis.


The minutes of the last meeting were read by the clerk. 

Motion to approve minutes by  Scott and seconded by Glenn. Carried.


The treasurer’s monthly report was presented by Phyllis.

Motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Glenn  and seconded by Scott.



Public Input  

Steve Warndahl, Polk County Hwy. Commissioner appeared to discuss Cty. Rd W. 

Following is the info he stated; NO. 1- a $400,000 plan has been drawn up for the 7 mile stretch of road, it will be a 10-14 million dollar project, with 80% funding coming from the federal govt., and 20% county funding and the project is slated for 2013.  He seems to highly doubt that the county will approve the 20% funding, as that would be about 2 ½ million and would affect the county hwy. dept’s budget and their borrowing power for years to come.  NO. 2 Cty. Rd W could be made into a rustic road, it changes nothing about the road surface, it then needs to be maintained with a picturesque view and keep trees with canopies overhanging etc.  NO. 3- The county could possibly just a fix a stretch of road on a yearly basis, right now they are doing that to Cty. Rd H, and Cty. Rd W could possibly be on same plan like that- but that would be at least 3 years off.. NO. 4 the county could bring the road up to such a standard that would be acceptable  to the town and it would be changed to a town road with the county then having no jurisdiction over it.


Discussion on this after Steve left,  we will work on putting together a letter to the county with our concerns, as it appears that the town needs to let the county know that some decision needs to be made.


The board also talked to Steve about the possibility of constructing a shed for salt/sand storage that would be shared with the town, he stated that the county would not be interested, but that the state would be. He will get info to us about that.


Discussion with Steve also on the Trip project, he suggested seeing if we could reduce the project to ¼ mile with Trip approval (current bid for this project as a 21 ft. wide road is $82,615 for ½ mile).


Steve also stated that the county will work on the visibility problem that the trap rock creates on 180th, that project will be for the fall of 2008.

Old Business –  the roof on town hall, no interest from Pound & Pour Construction, so Scott and Glenn will work together to place an ad for bids for the project.


TRIP, Loan and blacktopping all on hold.


 Patrolman/Hwy. Building/Hwy. Report  - clutch bad on mower, Leonard will work on it.  Glenn had found a long arm mower and checked into it, it sounds like there is lots of maintenance long arm mowers in general.


Kevin asking about a new sander for the truck this winter, as it is rusted out.  Dennis suggested getting prices on a stainless steel sander.  The pickup needs some brake work.


Correspondence- none


New Business- the clerk received a call from Sue Bachman, she and her husband Mike are in the process of receiving approval for a campground/RV park to be located in West Sweden on 140th St. on the Sally Bair property. They are required to have an engineered plan of approval and of course zoning and DNR approval also.  They hope to begin this project in 2009.



All bills paid and approved.


The next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m.


Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Scott  and seconded by  Dennis



Meeting adjourned at 7:48   p.m.


Lori Lundquist, Clerk