August 13, 2007

Franklin Township purchases new plow truck, approves conditional use permit

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Specifications for a new plow truck were reviewed and approved by Franklin Township Board members at last Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

The current plow truck, which is 11 or 12 years old, will be replaced with a new one that is similar to the other truck the township has for plowing.

Typically, the township follows a 12-year cycle for replacing major equipment. McMullen said the township has a newer truck and an older truck, and that something needs to be done with the older truck.

It was the consensus of the board to replace the old truck with a model similar to the new one. Two bids were reviewed and accepted for the new truck – one from J-Craft for everything but the truck and chassis, which is off the state bid, for $73,476, and one from Boyer Trucks for the actual truck, which is a Sterling and off state bid, for $79,667, with a total cost of $153,143.

It was noted the township will wait to get the new plow truck while advertising the sale of its old plow truck.

CUP approved for landscape business/auto repair shop on Hwy. 12

Franklin Township heard a request from JLR Garage and JARR Properties to operate a landscape business and a auto repair shop at its location on Highway 12.

It was noted the applicant has to follow all signage requirements in place by Wright County. The board approved the request for the garage door business, landscaping business, and auto repair and sales business because the zoning is correct for such uses and the proposal also follows the township’s land use plan.

Township approves speed signs at residents’ expense

Jerald and Angie Vlaminck, who reside on 102nd Street, and Alysia Zens, who resides on 40th Street, came before the board with a request for a “speed limit” or “watch for children” sign to be placed near their residences.

McMullen said the township cannot put up an official speed limit sign, but can put up a warning sign with a suggested speed. Discussion took place with the residents present, one of which asked if they could place their own signs, which McMullen said is not allowed.

Speed of drivers passing through the area was also talked about at the meeting, and signs were discussed being installed at resident expense.

The board approved installing “watch for children” or similar signs for the residents present at the meeting, and also to flag the existing “curve” warning signs at locations on 40th Street and 102nd Street.

The signs would become property of Franklin Township, which would be responsible for the sign maintenance. The township would also be responsible for flagging the existing signs.

Other streets will be considered upon resident request.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• authorized the solicitation of quotes for legal newspaper status. At the township’s annual meeting in March, it was decided to solicit new quotes, as the Delano Herald Journal would be legally eligible as an official newspaper effective in September.

• published an ad in local newspapers to sell an old Bush Hog lawn mower for parts.

• heard that Wright County Planning and Zoning has a new sign ordinance, and the township acknowledged it was not opposed to it.

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