The Feb. 12 meeting of Maine Prairie Township was the first official meeting in the brand-new Town Hall on Dellwood Road and Hwy. 15 (across the highway from the historical marker at the site of the Maine Prairie fort).
The hall was completed on-schedule and under-budget, for a total cost of $223,000 ($22,000 less than budgeted). The 40’x70’ building has 2,800 square feet. Project One Construction was the general contractor, and the following were subcontractors: Krippner Trucking & Excavating (sewer), Land O’Lakes (propane), Rollie Werner Well Drilling (well), Froehling Bros. (framing contractor), Custom Concrete & Masonry (concrete), City Wide Insulation (insulation), Knoll Drywall (sheetrocking), Marshfield’s Custom Cabinets (cabinetry), DL Painting (interior painting), Hansen Mechanical (mechanical), and Hi-Tec Electric (electrical).
The Planning & Zoning board discussed a 12-home subdivision for a 40-acre plat. Road requirements were discussed, as lot sizes were deemed adequate for township growth plans.
Kennel permits will now be for two years, with a permit fee of $50.
The township board heard from Kimball Police Chief Jim Frilstad and officers Ashley Capes and Jason Spoden about the possibility of Maine Prairie being policed by the Kimball Police Dept. A number of township residents have contacted the police department about coverage, but the number of such requests was not tracked. Currently, the township is policed by Stearns County, and Kimball Police are not allowed to take or answer calls outside of Kimball city limits without a formal agreement with the township (as they have with Fair Haven Township). This is a decision for Maine Prairie voters, as they determine where tax money is raised and spent. A joint meeting with the city of Kimball and the township will be scheduled.
April 18, 5 p.m., was set as the County Board of Appeals & Equalization meeting, at the new town hall.
At the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue board meeting Feb. 11, a replacing the rescue truck was discussed. The new truck would cost $90,000, of which townships will need to come up with $10,000 (the $80,000 balance will be covered by the Kimball fire department).
Resident complaints about the KYES radio towers “buzzing loudly” are being investigated.
There is a temporary vacancy on the Clearwater River Watershed District board, until August 2013 at which time it will be filled as a permanent position.
The board approved its Snow and Ice Control Policy after Lonnie Hendricks advised that plowing went well after the recent heavy snowfall. The policy will remain in place until changed or terminated by the board.
The next meeting of the Maine Prairie Township board will be the annual meeting following the township election March 12; the meeting will begin at 8:30 p.m. This is the one time a year when township residents and taxpayers determine how tax money will be spent. Meetings always are open to the public.