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OFFICIAL MINUTES

CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT

Board of Managers Meeting

Annandale Middle School

August 9, 2000

 

Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. by Chairperson Tracy. Manager’s John Tracy, Clarence Klein, and Marvin Brunsell were present. Richard Eckman arrived later. Others in attendance were Norm Wenck, Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Ken Jude, Steve Vossen, Bill Ressman, Gene Lotts, Roger Schmidt, Marty Ferguson and Barry Christenson.  Stan Weinberger, Bob and Jean Broich and Greg Koob arrived later.  

 

Motion #00-8-1: A motion was made by Klein and seconded by Brunsell to accept a revised agenda that included discussion authorizing managers to redeem CD’s. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #00-8-2: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Klein to accept the July 12, 2000 regular meeting minutes. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #00-8-3: A motion was made by Klein and seconded by Brunsell to accept the July 25, 2000 special meeting minutes. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #00-8-4: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Klein to accept the August 9, 2000 Financial Report and pay bills. All Managers voted aye.

 

Richard Eckman, Stan Weinberger, Bob and Jean Broich and Greg Koob arrived at 7:30p.m.

Motion #00-8-5: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Klein to publish a Notice of Public Hearing to adopt Year 2001 CRWD budget, including $100,000 administrative levy.  All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #00-8-6: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Klein to authorize all managers to sign bank signature cards and enable all managers to be able to redeem CD’s. All Managers voted aye.

 

Roger Schmidt and Marty Ferguson, Clearwater Lake Property Owners Association, wanted information regarding the operation and maintenance assessment process. The explanation given is that assessments for projects are based on an appraiser’s opinion of benefit to property owners downstream. Therefore, the assessment for Clearwater Lake is based on the cumulative benefit of projects upstream.

 

Roger Schmidt and Marty Ferguson left the meeting at 8:12p.m.

 

Bill Ressman, Appraiser, explained his appraisal of private property affected by the proposed Clear Lake Wetland Treatment System East. His appraisal indicates that appropriate compensation be $1,500 to Brad and Ellen Libbesmeier, $22,500 to Richard Donnay and $68,000 to Steve Vossen.

 

Barry Christenson, US Fish and Wildlife Service, indicated that the Service has interest in either a wetland or upland easement on the properties listed above.

 

Steve Vossen, property owner, indicated that based on the current appraisal, he is not interested in having his property included in the wetland treatment system easement area.

 

Bill Ressman, Barry Christenson and Steve Vossen left the meeting at 8:37p.m.

 

Norm Wenck, Engineer, indicated that the MPCA permit for the Hidden River Sewer Project #99-1 will be issued on August 10, 2000. Total cost of the project is $499,530.40. This cost is broken down as follows: $410,430.40 construction costs; $22,600 construction contingency; $52,500 engineering; $10,000 legal; $1,000 administration and $3,000 operation and maintenance assessment.

 

Resolution #00-8-1: Manager Klein introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION AWARDING CONTRACT FOR HIDDEN

RIVER SEWAGE TREATMENT PROJECT OF 1999

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District is undertaking the Hidden River Sewage Treatment Project  99-1; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District has accepted the engineer’s report on the Project, and has appointed appraisers to determine the benefits and damages to all lands and properties affected by the Project;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District as follows:

 

1.     The contract for the work involved in the Hidden River Sewage Treatment Project of 1999 is hereby awarded to LaTour Construction, Inc. of Maple Lake, Minnesota, at a price of $410,430.40, contingent upon receipt of MPCA permit.

 

2.     The issuance of the Notice of Award upon receipt of the MPCA permit is hereby authorized.

 

3.     The issuance of the Notice to Proceed upon the receipt of the required bonds and certificates is hereby authorized.

 

            The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Manager Eckman, and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: All present

 

            the following voted against the same: None

 

            Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

Resolution #00-8-2: Manager Eckman introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION ADOPTING ASSESSMENT

 

            WHEREAS, pursuant to notice duly given as required by law, the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District has met, heard and passed upon all objections to the proposed assessment for the Hidden River Sewage Treatment Project of 1999 and has amended such proposed assessment as it deems just;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Managers for the Clearwater River Watershed District as follows:

 

1.     Such proposed assessment, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof, is hereby accepted and shall constitute the special assessment against the lands named therein, and each tract of land therein is hereby found to be benefited by the proposed improvement.

 

2.     Unless otherwise determined by the Board of Commissioners for Stearns County, such assessments shall be as follows:

 

a.     The assessments shall be payable in equal annual installments including principal and interest extending over a period of fifteen (15) years, with interest at a rate to be established by the County, in the amount annually required to pay the principal over such period at such interest rate, the first of said installments to be payable with general taxes for the year 2000, collectible with such taxes during the year 2001.

 

b.     The owner of the property so assessed may at any time prior to the certification of the assessment to the County Auditor, pay to the District Treasurer the sum of $499,530.40 in full payment of the assessments, and thereafter at any time prior to November 15, of any year, pay to the County Auditor the whole of the principal amount of the assessment on such property provided that no such prepayment shall be accepted without payment of all installments due to and including December 31 of the year of prepayment, and the original principal amount reduced only by the amounts of principal included in such installments computed on an annual amortization basis.

 

3.     The secretary shall forthwith transmit a certified duplicate copy of this assessment to the County Auditor to be extended on the tax list of the County.

 

The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Manager Brunsell, and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: All present

 

the following voted against the same: None

 

Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

Bob and Jean Broich and Kelly Bergesch left the meeting at 9:56p.m.

 

Gene Lotts, representing the Clear Lake Property Owners reminded the Board of Managers of the importance of and support for the Clear Lake Wetland Treatment System East by Clear Lake residents.

 

Gene Lotts left the meeting at 10:04p.m.

 

Norm Wenck, Engineer, will apply for an excavation permit from DNR and Army Corps of Engineers for the Steve Nistler Sediment Basin.

 

Clarence Klein has been appointed by Meeker County to serve a three-year term as Manager of CRWD effective August 13, 2000.

 

Marvin Brunsell informed the Board that Lake Augusta Property Owners passed a resolution at their annual meeting August 5, 2000 supporting the CRWD Master Sanitary Sewer Plan.

 

Kelly Bergesch will follow up to make sure new parcels will be included in the operation and maintenance assessment roll.

 

Administrator Anderson reviewed comments from the July 25, 2000 Master Sewer Plan Public Meeting, Forest Prairie Township status report of the Clear Lake Sewer Project. He reminded the Board that a sewer committee has been developed to work in conjunction with the regional planning effort that includes Stearns County. He also indicated that a tour of the St. Cloud Sewage Treatment Plant will be scheduled during September.

 

Administrator Anderson notified the Board of Managers that the Audubon Society has awarded CRWD $3,000 to help cover costs as we inform residents and others of the CRWD Master Sanitary Sewer Plan.

 

Motion #00-8-7: A motion was made by Klein and seconded by Eckman to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.

 

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