By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Island Lake culvert project finally completed

 

October 10, 2019

The Island Lake culvert project in Windemere Township was completed Friday, September 27, according to Township Supervisor Pete Steen in a phone call Sunday. It was reported at the board of supervisors' September 12 meeting that the homeowner signed the easement agreement for the project. The pieces that came together since then included recording the agreement at the Pine County Recorder's Office and forwarding it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which subsequently issued a permit for the work. The township had received the plans for the project, and a preconstruction meeting was held with the engineer, Keith Anderson.

The outlet to Island Lake had been blocked by damaged culverts causing flooding of lakeshore properties in 2016. Windemere Township has agreed to hold the easement and to clear and maintain the outlet.

The Balsam Road box culvert project has begun, Steen said. He said the temporary road around the project is in. It was also reported that the township's Road Maintenance Department has the materials for installing 16 small culverts throughout the township this fall. Chip sealing has been completed for the year.


Public input allowed

After a summer hiatus, the board reinstated public comment at township meetings beginning with the September township meeting, but no one from the public spoke. Chair John Wesely read aloud the Windemere Township Public Hearings: Rules of Procedure and Decorum Policy, which was adopted at a special meeting held August 27.

Procedures include allowing members of the public to speak up to three minutes per person during the public comment period. Residents may contact Clerk Scott Danelski at least five days prior to a meeting to be put on the agenda and to submit any handouts, presentation materials, etc. Unless given prior approval, that time limit is also three minutes.

Township residents are encouraged to contact supervisors of the township prior to board meetings to allow for more in-depth discussion.

To further explore policy details, see the township website at https://windemeretownship.municipalimpact.com/.

Other business

The township board appointed a seven-member Sturgeon Island Bridge Committee, six residents who wrote letters of interest and a supervisor: Vern Anderson II, Maggie McGee, Michelle Anderson, Sherry Lahti, Daniel True, Dennis Genereau, and Supervisor Heidi Kroening.

Township hall door locks have been changed, and old township hall door keys can be recycled.

Supervisors scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, October 22, to discuss the 2020 budget and a five-year financial forecast for the township.

Clair Strandlie of the Planning Commission reported the Windemere Board of Supervisors met with the Planning Commission in August to work through some recommendations for the comprehensive plan. The commission will be bringing the updated plan to a township board meeting this fall.

 

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