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Franklin Township addresses speed issue
Oct. 18, 2010

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – In the public comment portion of Franklin Township’s monthly meeting Oct. 4, a speed issue was addressed by the township board.

Five residents living on Eckert Avenue were present at the meeting to discuss high speeds on their roads from Farmington Avenue into the Rivendell Addition.

The corner at Ehler Avenue has had three roll-over accidents since this spring, it was noted. The road does not have a posted speed limit, and unposted roads have speed limits of 55 miles per hour, it was also noted.

Neighbors in attendance agreed they want speed signs posted. The group indicated it would like the area posted as low as it can be. However, it was discussed that state statute prohibits posting certain rural roads at lower speeds.

The board determined this area is a “rural residential district” and agreed to post the road at 35 miles per hour and post lower speeds on the curve warning signs.

Crossing arms to be installed in 2011

Township officials learned that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled the installation of crossing arms at Davidson Avenue and 72nd Street in 2011.

A contract has been received for the project and sent to township attorney Pat Neaton to review.

Township Supervisor Bill McMullen said he will speak with City of Delano officials to discuss some cost issues regarding this project.

A resolution was approved for the township to enter into the agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company and MnDOT for the installation and maintenance of railroad crossing signals at the intersection.

Township allows Xcel to work in right of way

The township board approved a right of way permit for Xcel Energy to work on Brighton Avenue from Highway 12 north.

Stipulations include that Xcel Energy contact property owners along the route, abide by private landowners’ rights if outside the township right of way, and have proper bonding.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved its contract with the Watertown Fire Department. It was noted the department changed the formula it uses to calculate fire protection rates.

The contract will have a cost per unit of $155.71, and total $42,975.

• heard the state contract has been awarded and a new township truck has been ordered. Delivery is expected within 60 days.

• approved soliciting for road diesel contract quotes. The board chose to pay the rack rate, as it has for the past two years.

• heard that the township, City of Delano, and Wright County had the first meeting regarding the Highway 12 corridor land use plan.

Tom Salkowski of Wright County Planning and Zoning and township officials have pushed to keep the land use plan as it stands presently in the township’s long-term plan, it was noted.

• approved John Czanstkowski Sr., Janice Nester, and Lyle Kantrovich as additional election judges for the township. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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