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Road raising – Franklin Township to look at raising 50th St. due to flooding
July 11, 2011

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

FRANKLIN TWP., MN – Brad Ludwig, who lives on 50th Street SW, asked Franklin Township officials about the possibility of having this road raised due to flooding that takes place on it each year.

At a meeting in June, discussion took place about where his driveway ends and the road begins. A map from Wright County was reviewed with Ludwig by the township board.

The map had the township easement drawn on it, showing ownership of the township. The township board felt the next step is talking with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and exploring options to raise the road.

Because of the state shutdown, township officials will start at the county level to find out what the township would need to do to proceed with raising the roadway. No formal action was taken on the issue.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• reviewed quote proposals for crack filling for the areas of Krienkeville, Rice Lake Meadows, and the Big Woods Addition. Five quotes were received.

A discussion took place about routing cracks, with Board Chairman John Czanstkowski Sr. noting there must be some routing in the process, and Board Member Mike Barfknecht stating he does not feel routing is needed.

Wright County Commissioner Jack Russek, who was present at the meeting, said the county does have routing as part of the process it uses.

The board approved the bid from the lowest bidder that would rout cracks, which was Minnesota Roadways, in the amount of $8,855 for the three neighborhoods.

• discussed a request from Jason Griep, who lives on 45th Court, to install a driveway on or next to an easement.

Scott Harris, who is the president of the Big Woods Association, was at the meeting and stated the association will not be granting access to Griep for this driveway.

As advised by legal counsel, the township also noted it would not allow it to move forward if all parties involved do not agree.

The board also discussed a proposal for culverts in the area that was proposed in December.

• heard Wright County Planning and Zoning is seeking a response for amendments to the current septic system certification.

The board received the amendments just before the meeting and did not feel well-enough informed to respond, it was noted. The board decided to table this until its next meeting, even though it goes beyond the desired deadline from the county.

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