Projected road projects were on the agenda for Clear Lake Twp’s January meeting, with Twp. Engineer Terrance Vander Eyk presenting a list of potential roads and their estimated cost (2022 prices).
The 97th St. project, of which the township’s portion includes 0.59 miles of reconstruction, had already been approved. Supervisors passed a resolution stating that Clear Lake Twp’s costs wouldn’t exceed $150,000.
Potential 2023 seal coat projects determined by Eyk included 100th Ave., 127th St., and 97th St. and 92nd Ave. Also discussed were projected 2024 and 2025 projects along with additional potential road projects.
Twp. Treasurer Paul Goenner asked if the board could wait to make their final road project decisions until they could see how much was being spent on snowplowing, as it’s already been high for the year. It was agreed the decisions would be held off until the township’s next budget meeting.
Residents are reminded that Minnesota Statute 160.2715 prohibits homeowners from plowing snow or placing snow onto any roadway, which includes right-of-ways.
The main concern is safety, as people plowing their driveways often create a road hazard for motorists and the snow and slush left behind can lead to ice, drifting, and snow ‘speed bumps’ for motorists on the highway.
Although tickets can be issued for the first offense, township supervisors decided to send letters to violators instead, hoping it will lead to increased compliance.
Twp. Treasurer Paul Goenner informed the board there was still $80,000 left in their ARPA funds and suggested paving the township parking lot and landscaping the park pavilion’s parking area would be good items to spend it on.
A motion carried approving Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi’s BINGO permit request.
Cleanup Day will be held May 6; the township again received a grant for the event.
The sheriff reported 121 calls for service for December, including 49 traffic stops.
The next Clear Lake Twp. meeting will be February