September 10, 2007

Franklin Township takes no action on legal newspaper bids

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Franklin Township discussed two bids received to be the legal newspaper of the township at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

At its annual reorganizational meeting last spring, the general consensus of those residents present, along with the township board, was to appoint the Delano Eagle through August, at which time the Delano Herald Journal would be in existence one full year, and be a fully qualified newspaper.

The township asked for bids last month from the Eagle and Herald Journal, which were opened at Tuesday’s meeting.

Franklin Township Clerk Geri Hagelin said she received a “threatening” phone call from the publisher of the Delano Eagle prior to the meeting, and contacted the township attorney about the matter, who recommended the board proceed slowly with any change.

State statute in this instance is vague, and the township board members said they would feel more comfortable waiting until the annual township meeting and reorganizational meeting to discuss the issue further. No action was taken by the township board on the item.

The Delano Herald Journal will continue to publish notices for the township at no charge until this spring.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• entered into a cost-share agreement with Watertown Township to install two new culverts on Common Street. The bid received was from Tim Iten of Midstate for $1,500, which will be shared between the two townships.

• approved a setback requirement variance request from Ken Figge, an owner of Willow Brook Arabians.

The variance was requested as to not lose existing productive pasture land with the construction of a permanent manure composting facility/area.

• heard a comment from a resident regarding cutting road ditches. Township Chairman Bill McMullen said the new mower was recently received, and will be in use in the near future to mow ditches.

The board also discussed the sale of the old lawn mower, for which no bids have been received.

• discussed gravel needs of the township. McMullen said the township will need 8,000 cubic yards of gravel, storing some at the township, and some in Buffalo.

Township Supervisor Mike Barfknecht said he would check on pricing for different products – red rock, buff rock, granite, and recycled, as well as the split between costs for the actual product and the delivery of it.

• heard an update from McMullen about the City of Montrose’s Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) and comprehensive plan workshop.

McMullen said the AUAR plan is like an environmental impact study, and that an individual developer would not have to do an independent environmental impact study, but rather could use this one.

The report addresses future build areas, drainage, infrastructure, roadways, and updates. The plan will go to the Montrose City Council, and if approved, there will be a 30-day review period for issues/comments to be addressed.

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