Farm Horizons, December 2013

Future of Bergen Twp. meeting space, storage shed undecided

By Starrla Cray

Bergen Township is in “wait-and-see” mode regarding its rented storage space and meeting hall.

After a special meeting in September, many Bergen Township residents said they would like to continue renting storage space from McLeod County, if possible. Residents also recommended the township look into updating the meeting hall, while maintaining its historic integrity.

As of mid-November, Clerk Amy Meyer said no final decisions had been made.

“We are waiting to hear back from the county commissioners on the possibility of continuing to rent the space we’re currently in,” she noted.

For the past 23 years, Bergen Township has stored its grader and snowplow in two rented stalls from McLeod County’s 60-year-old storage shed on the east side of Lester Prairie, at Highway 9 and Highway 23. The cost to rent from the county has been $250 per month, plus about $40 per month in utilities.

Storage space considerations were initiated due to the county building a new shed, which will not have room for the township.

The future of the current town hall, located south of Lester Prairie, is also under consideration. As of mid-November, the township was waiting to hear back from Ed Dammann, who was on the committee that met regarding the town hall/maintenance shed.

“He has contractor experience, and is working on putting together a possible renovation plan for the township hall,” Meyer noted.

If a new township hall were to be constructed, it would be determined by township residents at an annual meeting (which takes place each March), Meyer added.

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