Friday, December 8th, 2023 Church Directory

Becker Twp. approves easement vacation

The Becker Township Board met Monday evening, and took action on a number of items, including an easement vacation for a parcel off 107th St.

The board began the evening by re-opening a public hearing from last month to consider the easement vacation on the aforementioned parcel.

Several residents again spoke against the easement, citing concerns about flooding and drainage in the area. The concerned residents felt that the easement vacation could exacerbate water issues on their adjoining properties or the road access leading to their homes.

The supervisors noted that the easement vacation was a separate issue than a possible forthcoming application for a building permit on the parcel.  

Township Engineer Wes Davis noted that the original designation for the lot was under a simple play so there was no stormwater analysis done. In the event of a future application for a building permit, many items would be taken into account, including drainage, elevations, soil borings and other building code items.  

Planner Ben Wikstrom offered a draft resolution for the supervisors to consider, including a pair of conditions before a building permit would be considered: grading and final drainage plans, including elevations, that would direct any water away from the roadway.

It was also noted that the current buildable location plan was for a driveway off of the 107th St. access so any deviation to that in a future permit would need separate approval.

The board moved unanimously to approve the easement vacation with the attached conditions.

In Other Business, the Board:

• Heard from Sgt. Aaron Sturm of the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office regarding last month’s 202 calls for service, which included 64 traffic stops;

• Listened to an update on an application for an IUP for a masonry business that will come before the Joint Planning Board in the future;

• Directed Wikstrom to explore some additional conditions for swimming pools, as a number of new applications with different configurations have been received;

• Heard an update from Davis on the 97th St. project, indluing a mid-October timeline for final asphalt application;

• Set a September 26 meeting for 6 p.m. to discuss the status of the Joint Planning Board and Orderly Annexation Agreement, as the City of Becker is seeking significant changes to the documents and process;

• Finalized some language for the Becker Legion lease and authorized the signing of the agreement;

• Awarded the contracts for snow and ice control, as well as general maintenance to Wruck Excavating.