Regular Meeting Via Zoom


09/14/2020, 7:PM

Members Present: Chairman, Mark Springer; Supervisors, Nate Kuntz & Dusty Hasper; 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

Members Absent: Assessor: Mark Splonskowski;

Chairman Springer opened the ACT Board of Supervisors Meeting @ 7:01 PM. He asked if there were any corrections or changes. Clerk Meidinger said she had received a correction form the board and found several typos that she had corrected. With no other corrections or changes Supervisor Hasper made a motion to accept the minutes as written. His motion received a 2nd from Supervisor Kuntz. The motion was unanimously approved.

Consent Agenda: Chairman Springer said he received notice from the City of Bismarck about a 3,200 square foot building request from a resident in Copper Ridge for Lot 8 Block 1. There was no discussion because Copper Ridge is under Bismarck jurisdiction.

School Board Report: Roy Kuil reported the school is in yellow phase. Which means this will be the last school board meeting where others can attend. Future meetings will be via internet. After that only board members allowed to attend will be the Principal, Dottie, the Secretary, and Greg Kuil School Board President. PTO will also have to meet via Zoom. The school board is waiting on a determination from the state for the multi-use building so they can proceed.

The riffle range issue is still being discussed to find solution that will work for all parties.

Treasure’s Report: Treasurer Vetsch reported there is $56,186.86 in checking; $250,348.18 in savings. She has 2 invoices to pay. 1 for the additional attorney fees which is $161.00 and a bill for additional gravel to the county for $2,984.13 for crack sealing in the township and a split with Gibbs Township. A discussion followed regarding who is responsible to pay for subdivision road repair. Road Supervisor Kuil said he would check into it and report back @ the next meeting. Chairman Springer said we should pay the bill now and if necessary, send out billing later. Supervisor Kuntz made a motion to pay invoices submitted. The motion received a 2nd from Supervisor Hasper. The motion was unanimously approved.

Chairman Springer asked for the 2019 budget that was submitted to the county after the annual meeting.

  1. Township board salaries $ 22,5597
  2. Dues 345.00
  3. Election Board 120.00
  4. Legal Notice Attorney fees 4,067.41
  5. Blading & gravel 1,087.51
  6. Insurance 739.51
  7. County Road Maintenance 68,784.68
  8. Other Expenses 41,185.21
  9. Starting Balance Jan 1st, 2019 183,837.00
  10. Ending Balance Dec 31st 1 2019 254,166.87

Chairman Springer asked if there was any questions or discussion on the budget submitted by Treasurer Vetsch. He said the vote on the budget would be @ the end of the meeting

Assessor’s: Report: There was no report due to the absence of Assessor Splonskowski. Building Inspector Hillig said he had a call from Sheri Norbeck because she needed appraisal on her house in Glasser Addition. She wanted to do some work that required an appraisal and the county had no record of an appraisal for her property. Clerk Meidinger said she had seen Assessor Splonskowski when he was in the area assessing properties. She had seen someone walking around her property and want to investigate and found Assessor Splonskowski reviewing her property. Treasurer Vetsch she did not know if he stopped at her property there was no card letting her know he was @ her place. Chairman Springer said he would contact Assessor Splonskowski and bring the concerns to him. Chairman Springer will report back @ the October meeting.

Building Inspector’s Report: Inspector Hillig reported he issued 1 building permit for August and did 14 inspections and 1 phone call

Permit #2020-22 Patrick Lengenfelder @ 8305 Pleasantview Road for a new addition 24’x11 ½’x9’ 280 sq, ft. valuation of addition $46,200.00 fee $390.27 pd by ck 5280

  1. Final Kitty Lane
  2. Foundation 119th St SE
  3. Drain field Elsa Rosa
  4. Drain tile Palamino Dr
  5. Septic System Palamino Dr
  6. Framing Susan Dr.
  7. Gas line Susan Dr.
  8. Footing Inspection Pleasantview
  9. Wall inspection Pleasantview
  10. Final 66th St SE
  11. Framing Hillard Dr
  12. Gas line Herman Dr
  13. Framing 22nd St SE
  14. Final Bard D Road

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

First item to discuss is the guinea hen issue between Hamilton-Odell & Reiser. Chairman Springer said he did not have much good news on the subject. The birds cannot be removed. The townships has no home rule charter so there is not much that can be done on the enforcement side. There has been some talk in the legislature to help townships with this issue. Because they are getting more complaints form townships regarding issues of noncompliance regarding animals, and storage of materials and vehicles. There are increasing numbers of people moving to rural townships and disregarding common courtesy for their neighbors. The board can levy a fine against the property and the fine will be levied when that tax statements go out. The most that could be levied would be $2,000.00 a year. Zoning Board member Kuil made a motion to fine the Risers $ 2,000.00. Zoning Board Member Jerry Kunz 2nd the motion. Roll Call Vote, Zoning Board, Kuil and Jerry Kunz yes; Supervisors, Nate Kuntz, and Hesper, yes and Chairman Springer, yes. Motion Carried. The fine can be levied every year until paid. The only recourse the Hamilton-Odell’s have is to try taking the Reiser’s to court.

The goat and sheep question was discussed and received a motion from Zoning Member Kuil to proceed with the process to fine the owner of the sheep and goats. The fine will be the maximum $2,000.00 if the issue has been resolved the fine will be reduced to just the attorney fees. The motion received a 2nd from Zoning Member Jerry Kunz. Roll Call Vote Zoning Board Kuil and Jerry Kunz, yes. Supervisors Nate Kuntz and Hasper, no and Chairman Springer, yes. Motion Carried.

City of Lincoln ETA: Chairman Springer asked for input from the City Lincoln there were no comments from Lincoln, so Chairman Springer opened the floor for comments. Jack McLean is living in Lincoln’s ETA now and he is not happy with the lack of enforcement Lincoln is showing for people who are not be good neighbors. His neighbor is on the Lincoln City Council who started with a variance on his property and ended up annexing the property into Lincoln. The property is a garbage dump and the owner is doing nothing to clean up the property there are bad smells and back up alarms gong off all day long. Mr. McLean was told to sell his property if he didn’t like what was going on. His suggestion was to not give in to Lincoln’s request. Lincoln wants to possibly extend the ETA to 80th St SE. Brandon Schook from the City of Lincoln said the request is to protect the City of Lincoln’s future growth because Bismarck is moving closer to Lincoln. Lincoln would like to get approval from ACT for the ETA expansion will work with ACT. Chairman Springer said NDTOA will provide legal advice on how to handle the ETA process. At this time Lincoln is not sure of what direction they can go. The City of Lincoln is thinking about east. He does not know at this time how far Lincoln can expand. Zoning Board Member Jerry Kunz said that Lincoln needs to figure out what is going on before asking for an ETA expansion. This is in the beginning stages and there needs to be an updated map, so everyone knows what is going to happen. There needs to be cooperation between Lincoln and ACT. This will not happen overnight. ACT will be in contact with NDTOA legal counsel to keep on track.

Committee for Zoning update. Chairman Springer said he was tied up with school meetings in the last month but now would like to get the Zoning Committee up and running. The board members need to let Chairman Springer know when they can meet for an Executive Session and go from there.

Copper Ridge Accessory Building Request: There has been a request from a resident in Copper Ridge for an oversize accessory building. They are requesting a 3200 sq. ft. building. It is in the City of Bismarck’s jurisdiction but in our township, so ACT does have input. The Public Hearing on the building is Wed the 23rd of September. There are unanswered questions lot size and building use. Chairman Springer said if he did not have any commitments, he would attend the Public Hearing, or the hearing can be viewed via internet. With no other Zoning issues to discuss the Zoning Board Meeting was closed and the regular meeting of ACT was reconvened.

Weed Board: Board Member Mauch said he had a few phone calls on weeds but nothing major.

Road Supervisor’s Report: Supervisor Kuil said he had several calls on road complaints on 62nd Ave SE, 48th Ave SE, Majestic St, and Susan Dr. He said he was holding back because of all the money spent on roads this season and not wanting to go over budget. Also, it has been dry and very hard on the roads. Chairman Springer said it would be best to fix the roads now. If left and we would have a bad winter the roads would only get worse and the overall cost would be more. Supervisor Kuil said he would contact the county and see if they had time this season to get the roads on the list for repair.

Chairman Springer said he had calls on Apple Creek Road from a representative from Menoken regarding the state of Apple Creek Road. Chairman Springer said he had given them Supervisor Kuil’s contact info. Supervisor Kuil said he was not contacted. Chairman Springer said he will follow up with Menoken and make sure they have Supervisor Kuil’s contact info. He also said the county has jurisdiction over Apple Creek Road. He also said that the City of Lincoln might want to join in to put pressure on the county to get the repairs done. Supervisor Kuil suggested the more presser that could be put on the county to repair Apple Creek Road the better.

Chairman Springer asked if there were any questions or comments on the budget as presented. Supervisor Hasper accepted the budget that was presented @ the March 2020 annual meeting and Supervisor Nate Kuntz 2nd the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. Also, the budget request for 2021 was $130,000.00

With no other business to discuss Chairman Springer said the next meeting will also be via Zoom based on the school board report. The meeting will be Monday Oct 5th. The meeting was adjourned @ 8:25 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Cyndy Meidinger

Clerk, ACT





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