Town of West Sweden- Monthly Meeting ****Ammended****
July 17, 2012
Meeting was called to order at 6:30pm. Present at the meeting were Simon Nelson, chairman; Scott Wilder and Glenn Meier, supervisors; Phyllis Wilder, Treasurer and Kevin Taylor, patrolman, and Andrea Lundquist, Clerk. Residents and onlookers include Ken Ruhn, Jeanette Harder, Don Langle, Lisa Anderson, and Judy Giller.
The minutes of the last meeting were presented by the clerk. No adjustments were recommended. The town board thanked the clerk for the report.
The treasurer presented the monthly report. The town board thanked the treasurer for the report.
No additions or corrections were made from the printed agenda.
Public Input: A. Judy Giller and Lisa Anderson presented from Luck Area Club presented a plan to create roads for ATV use in West Sweden. Club would put up signs at no cost to town for those signs. Bill Johnson also invited West Sweden board and residents to attend the open meeting for Village of Frederic, where they will be discussing ATV routes in Frederic at the meeting. Should West Sweden go forward, the Village would like to work together in creating theordinance. Ken Ruhn discussed concerns for the routes due to safety and liability to the town and land owners of the town. According to the ATV law book, per Ken and Don, ATV owners are not allowed to ride from their residence to the nearest route. Ken presented websites were we can get information on this issue. Ken is concerned that the current suggested route runs in front of his house where there is a double yellow line; which would prevent passing ATVs. Neither of the routes that are suggested run by our 2 restaurants, which they are saying they would patronize due to the routes. Farmers can already legally use ATVs to check fences on the highway, but it needs to be registered for Ag use. Safety concerns for Clam Falls Drive opening up and high school students potentially riding to school, as it is a major bus route. Issue will be tabled until next meeting.
Old Business: A. Review of bids: TRIP PROJECT: 315thAvenue from HWY 48 to 170th Street; Bid #1 Taylor paving $84,495 Bid #2; Monarch Paving $64,461 warm mix, $67,851 hot mix. Glenn moved to approve the bid from Monarch for warm mix. Scott Seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Review of Bids: Other projects; #1) 345th Avenue – Chip Seal/peastone $23,905 Scott Construction; #2) 140th/145th (by Don Johnson’s) – cold mix wedging/heavy seal/chip seal $49,329 Scott Construction. The board will not be approving any new road projects at this time, as our budget is fulfilled with the TRIP project above.
B. Ordinance to extend officials’ term by one week presented. Motion made by Glenn, Scott 2nd. All in favor, motion carried.
Employee Report: A. Update on Storm Aid: Copies of pictures and a couple bills are needed to complete. Clerk will get these items to Kevin for submittal.
B. Kevin and Ron have been working on Wisconsin Ave North/Polk Road per June meeting to divert water.
C. The bank by Diamond Lake (150th Street) has slid down a foot. We need to curb and replace signs for the curb.
D. Shouldering across the town needs to be addressed. Kevin was requested to create a plan. Kevin also stated that our machines aren’t built for shouldering, so we will also look into options for hiring or renting equipment. Board will research options and discuss further at August meeting.
New Business: A. Liquor License: Bremer Bank applied for a Class B beer and liquor license and 1 operator’s licenses. Scott made a motion to approve all licenses, Simon 2nd. Glenn abstained from voting. Motion carried.
B. 175th Street conditions: Gravel road with large sand pockets where cars are getting sucked into the sand. An option to excavate, lay rock, and then gravel was proposed. The board will check on it and discuss at the August meeting.
C. Glenn requested to add road financing options to the August agenda.
All bills paid and approved.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 6:30 pm.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Glenn, seconded by Scott. Motion carried. Time was 7:42pm.
Andrea Lundquist, clerk