Regular Meeting Via Zoom


06/01/2020, 7:PM


Members Present: Chairman, Mark Springer; Supervisors, Nathan Kuntz & Dusty Hasper; Assessor, Mark Splonskowski; Building Inspector, Greg Hillig; Clerk, Cyndy Meidinger; Road Supervisor/Zoning Board, Roy Kuil; Treasurer, Jamie Vetsch; Weed Board, Terry Mauch and Zoning Board, Jerry Kunz.

Chairman Springer opened the June meeting @ 7:02 PM. He asked if there were any corrections or additions to the May minutes of ACT. Being none Supervisor Kuntz made a motion to approve the minutes as written and received a 2nd from Supervisor Hasper. The motion was unanimously approved.

Consent Agenda: Nothing to discuss.

School Board Report: Chairman Springer said the school board had filled the 5th grade/principal position, but the person changed her mind. The school board did find a replacement. Her name is Cori Hilzendeger. She has taught @ At. Anne’s School for several years. The school board also hired a teacher’s aide to help over lunch break and recess. School Board Representative, Kuil said the paperwork has been submitted to the state so the school board can move forward with the proposed multi-purpose building. Supervisor Kuntz said he would get with Assessor Splonskowski to get the land ID number so a value could be given to the land the school board would need to purchase to go forward with the proposed multi-purpose building.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Vetsch reported there is $97,858.75 in checking and $250,010.12 in savings. She also asked for board members to turn in all extra hours for 2nd qtr. by June 24th or 25th, she also asked for a motion to pay bills which include $55.00 for postage reimbursement to Clerk Meidinger and 2nd qtr. payroll. Clerk Meidinger said she checked the post office box and there were no additional bills to pay. Supervisor Kuntz made a motion to pay all bills submitted and to approve payroll for the 2nd qtr. Chairman Springer 2nd the motion and the motion was unanimously approved.

11012  VOID

11013     $21.20         Bismarck Tribune         legal ads

11014     $854.00       Kramer Agency           Additonal Ins on school

11015      $92.35         Mark Springer              2nd qtr. payroll

11016     $110.82         Dusty Hasper              2nd qtr. payroll

11017     $92.35          Jerry Kunz                  2nd qtr. payroll

11018      $110.82        Nate Kuntz                     2nd qtr. payroll

11019      $2,742.80     Greg Hillig                  2nd qtr. payroll

11020      $1,847.00        Mark Splonskowski    2nd qtr. payroll

11021     $780.68           Greg Hillig                    2nd qtr. mileage

11022     $468.21           Roy Kuil                       2nd qtr. payroll

11023     $169.36           Roy Kuil                       2nd qtr mileage

11024     $92.35            Terry Mauch                   2nd qtr payroll

11025     $360.17          Jamie Vetsch                2nd qtr payroll

11026     $498.69         Cyndy Meidinger           2nd qtr payroll

11027     $55.00          Cyndy Meidinger             re-embursement for stamps

       $ 8,295.80

The other item on the agenda was for scanning township documents. Clerk Meidinger suggested that issue be tabled until the meeting restrictions were over. The board agreed so the document scanning issue will be brought up @ a future meeting.Treasurer Vetsch asked Chairman Springer if he had been able to check into computers with additional security for township use. Chairman Springer said he had not been able to do that but will and report back @ the July meeting. Supervisor Kuntz asked if Treasurer Vetsch had checked into an accounting system for the township to use for payroll. Treasurer Vetsch said no but will do and report back when she has the info.

Assessor’s Report: Assessor Splonskowski reported the issue on 2105 66th St. SE is a City of Lincoln issue not ACT so there was no discussion. There was one Abatement for Steven & Cheryl Fuller @ 7225 Keepsake Lane Bismarck in Apple Meadows 2nd. The abatement is for $29,000.00 due to the property being overvalued. A discussion followed with a motion from Supervisor Kuntz to approve the abatement request from the Fuller’s and Supervisor Hasper 2nd the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. There was also a question on the request from Charles Lung who has a 1 ¼ acre piece of land locked property that is not buildable and would like the taxes reduced. Assessor Splonskowski said he had received the request and will probably get that taxes reduced. He will contact Mr. Lung and discuss it further with him. Assessor Splonskowski said the county had their tax equalization meeting and there were no complaints @ the meeting so that was a noticeably short meeting.

Building Inspector’s Report: Inspector Hillig said he issued 9 permits, did 17 inspections, and received 9 phone calls for May.

Permit # 2020-06 Sam Helma, 250 Mees Lane garage and front entry addition. Valuation of work $22,080.00 permit fee $242.47 pd ck #2259.

Permit #2020-8 Nathan Kuntz, 1201 119th St SE house and basement addition, garage addition and deck addition. Valuation of work $81,669.00 permit fee $571.59 pd ck # 5156.

Permit #20209 Tyler Van Winkle 11431 Elsa Rosa Dr new home attached garage and deck. Valuation of work 274,984.00 permit fee $1,378.38 pd ck #9215.

Permit 2020-10 Dan Holt, 10,000 76th Ave SE septic tank replacement permit fee $75.00 pd ck 1893.

Permit 2020-11 John Howe, 3159 93rd St SE new home with crawl space & detached garage on floating slab. Valuation of work $294,000 permit fee $1,678.96 pd ck 5137.

Permit 2020-12 Nathan Jensen, 6500 Omar St pole barn addition. Valuation of work $21,504.00 permit fee $231.64 pd ck# 1091.

Permit 2020-13 Paul Irvin, 8730 Bar D Road new septic system permit fee $75.00 pd ck#1891.

Permit 2020-14 Tony Tank, 9402 Creekside Dr breezeway between house and garage valuation of work $28,500.00 permit fee $280.50 pd ck# 1091.

Permit # 2020-15 Apex Builders, 3301 Susan Dr. new home with attached garage. Valuation of work $271,100.00 permit fee $1,701.45 pd ck# 1104.

Total Valuation for May $993.837.00 total permit fees for May $6,159.99.

Road Supervisor’s Report: Supervisor Kuil said the county has started on the road graveling for the 2020 request. Supervisor Kuntz asked if there was schedule of the order in which the roads will be done. Supervisor Kuil said no but he did request Northgate be done first since it was so bad. He also said Sunrise needs to be built up. Supervisor Kuntz said 119th St SE south of Apple Creek was done but is still bad from ACT Road to 10th Ave SE. Supervisor Kuil said he was going to see if 22nd could get additional gravel. He told the board in certain areas he asked for gravel with less clay to help control the wash boarding.

Other areas of concern are:

22nd Ave SE from 119th St to 132nd Ave SE additional grading.

62nd Ave SE from 93rd St SE to 132nd Ave SE additional grading.

119th Ave SE from RR tracks to 132nd Ave SE grading and possible additional gravel.

93rd St SE to 76th Ave SE has many potholes and pavement edging is breaking up.

Supervisor Kuil issued 2 approach permits for May.

Permit# 2020-05 11,400 Elsa Rosa Dr permit fee$50.00 pd ck 1276

Permit# 2020-06 3301 Susan Dr permit fee $50.00 pd ck# 1007.

Zoning Board: Chairman Springer suspended the regular meeting of ACT and opened the Zoning Board.

Property line dispute between Charles Lung and David Thomason. Chairman Springer has had many conversations about the property, and it is a civil issue not a township issue. Mr. Lung is in the process of getting a land survey done by Toman Engineering so the property can be sold. Since it is a civil issue there is nothing the township can do at this point.

Risser & Hamilton Guinea hen nuisance issue. Jan Hamilton was present with nuisance issues regarding her neighbor’s guinea hens. The problem has been ongoing for years. She has taken her complaints to the owners (Roy & Cherie Risser) of the guinea hens. They refused to keep the hens in their yard. A discussion followed and from the discussion a motion was made by Chairman Springer to contact the township attorney and get a letter sent to the Rissers advising them the township will require them to get rid of the guinea hens. The motion was 2nd by Supervisor Hasper. Roll Call Vote: Zoning Members, Roy Kuil, yes; Jerry Kunz, yes; Supervisors, Nathan Kuntz, yes, Dusty Hasper, yes and Chairman, Springer, yes. Motion Carried. Chairman Springer also stated he would contact the County attorney’s office to see if terrorizing charges can be made against the Rissers for past bad behavior against Jan Hamilton.

Bar D Road goats and sheep complaint. The board has received a complaint regarding Salman & Crystal Adam @ 9001 Bar D Road have 9 goats and sheep that are getting out and running on neighbor’s property. A discussion followed and Supervisor Kuntz made a motion to have a letter sent to the Adam’s regarding the complaint and include a copy of the covenants. Supervisor Hasper 2nd the motion. Roll Call Vote Supervisor Nathan Kuntz, yes; Supervisor Hasper, yes; Zoning Board, Roy Kuil, yes; Zoning Board, Jerry Kunz, yes and Chairman Springer, yes; Motion Carried.

Ryan Biesheuvel 6700 48th Ave SE wants to build a dog kennel. Chairman Springer said in the past a dog kennel was allowed but the constant barking caused quite a problem for the neighbors and it had to be removed. Zoning Board member Kunz agreed with Chairman Springer and said he did not think the board wanted to go down that road again. Mr. Biesheuvel said he has a breeding pair now and has not received any complaints. Chairman Springer said if Mr. Biesheuvel wanted to pursue the matter there would need to be a public hearing and he would need to get a variance with signatures from neighbors within a mile of his place. Mr. Biesheuvel said he was working with the City of Lincoln and they wanted him to get approval from ACT before they would decide about the kennel.

Zoning Board member Jerry Kunz said the township needs a better map of current Zoning jurisdiction. Supervisor Springer said he has been working with Mitch Flannigan from Burleigh County and the City of Lincoln to get an updated map. The map provided by Lincoln is not currant so that also needs to be updated as well as updating the Apple Creek Township Zoning Map.

In closing Chairman Springer said all the above issues are difficult to address because the Zoning Ordinance for the township are not real strong. Last year the board tried to adopt Burleigh County Zoning Regulations and it was voted down. He is planning on revisiting the Zoning Regulation issue when the township can have regular meetings again. Jan Hamilton volunteered to work with the township on Zoning Regulations. With no other Zoning issues to discuss Chairman Springer closed the Zoning Board and reconvened the regular meeting of ACT.

Weed Board Report: Board member Mauch said he has driven around 40 miles in the township checking on weeds. Copper Ridge has the most problem with Leafy Spurge Mr. Mauch will contact the county and advise them of the spurge areas. He also said he saw that Fertilawn was out spraying on 93rd St SE so they might have gotten to some of the areas already.

Chairman Springer said by the way it looks the township should be able to meet @ the school for the Monday July 6th meeting. If weather permits the meeting could be held outside if necessary. With no other business to discuss Chairman Springer adjourned the June meeting @ 8:35 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Cyndy Meidinger

Clerk, ACT

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