The annual meeting of Maine Prairie Township was held after election polls closed March 12. Ron Kuechle was re-elected as supervisor. Tom Ehlinger was nominated as moderator for the meeting.
There was discussion of road projects in the township, and whether crack-sealing or sealcoating was preferred.
The new town hall was discussed. (This meeting was held there.) $245,000 was set aside at the 2012 annual meeting to build a town hall. The expenses to-date were $222,245, well under-budget. Landscaping and the parking lot were discussed, with no specific plans other than to have a flag pole and some kind of landscaping and shrubbery. Decisions on the parking lot will be made later in the season.
The township board is working on a comprehensive and extensive five-year road maintenance plan. They are coordinating with Stearns County, and also looking at other townships to formulate their own plan. They welcome input from township residents for this plan.
The Kimball Police Department, represented by chief Jim Frilstad, was invited to make a presentation and proposal to the township for law enforcement services which would make Kimball Police the primary patrol rather than Stearns County. The benefits presented included 24-hour coverage, visibility, and faster response time on calls. The cost to the township would be determined by the number of hours per day to be patrolled. No action was taken.
Fire contracts were reviewed:
Watkins increased $311, with $5,466.59 due for 2013.
Rockville decreased $171, with $15,239.70 due for 2013.
Kimball increased $5,261, with $47,591.45 due for 2013.
The township approved paying these fire contracts.
The township approved donating $3,000 to Watkins Ambulance.
The township approved donating $2,000 to Kimball Community Education.
The township approved donating $1,000 to the Kimball Community Playhouse for their summer production of “Footloose.”
The township approved maintaining current levy amounts, with no increase for 2014, at $627,300.
The township set polling hours for future elections to 4-8 p.m., because of low numbers. (The minimum required for townships is three hours.)
The next annual meeting will be held March 11, 2014. Township meetings are always open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend annual meetings as this is when spending decisions are made.
5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, is the County Board of Appeals & Equalization meeting for the township, at the new township hall.