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Board of Supervisors

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP

County of Rice, State of Minnesota

February, 16th 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm. The pledge of allegiance was
said by all. Supervisors Glen Castore, Kathleen Doran-Norton, Eric Bjornard,
Treasurer Brad Pfahning and clerk Michael Norton were present. It was noted that
Jim Braun zoning administrator was unable to attend due to illness. Jerry Anderson
would arrive later as part of a discussion on highways.
It was requested that the items regarding DeTelemark Road and the Highway
3 – CR 8 intersection be brought forward to accommodate visitors. Kathleen Doran-
Norton moved to accept the agenda, Eric Bjornard seconded. All Approved with
changes noted. The minutes from the December 15th meeting were reviewed by the
supervisors. Kathleen Doran-Norton moved to accept minutes for the December 15th
meeting, Glen Castore seconded. All Approved without changes. The minutes from
the January 16th meeting were reviewed by the supervisors. Kathleen Doran-Norton
moved to accept minutes for the January 16th meeting, Glen Castore seconded. All
Approved without changes. The minutes from the February 6th audit were reviewed
by the supervisors. Kathleen Doran-Norton moved to accept minutes for the
February 6th audit, Glen Castore seconded. All Approved without changes.
The Town clerk advised that in the correspondence received was licenses’
plate tags for one of the vehicles and a note on suggested bridge matainance from
the county. It was also noted that the notice of the annual Rice County township
officers association meeting on the 25th of March.
The Treasurer’s report was then provided along with the claims against the
township. The claims were reviewed by the supervisors. Kathleen Doran-Norton
moved to accept the claims, Glen Castore seconded. All Approved.
Under the public comment section Leif Knecht provided an update to the
status of the lower Heath creek trail.
It was then brought up that residence of DeTelemark Road would like to
change the name to Telemark Road. Original DeTelemark was simply Telemark
Road and at some point was changed. The residences believe the change would
help to avoid confusion for travelers and emergency services. The first step would
be to have the township create a resolution to this effect and pass it along to the
county. Kathleen Doran-Norton moved create a resolution to allow this name
change (to be known as resolution 2010-03), Eric Bjornard seconded. All Approved.
Jerry Anderson came forward to discuss changes to the intersection at
Highway 3 and County Road 8 due to a number of accidents that have occurred
there. While this has little to do with the township at this time as it is in the planning
stage, he wanted to advise seeing more on this in the future.
The supervisors then discussed the proposed revisions to the Dundas
annexation agreement whereby: Bridgewater would handle the planning and
zoning, quarterly meetings would occur between the boards, a joint committee
would be created to decide on how the money received from Dundas would be
allocated on the roads and the bridge water members would be removed from the
Dundas planning commission. The supervisors discussed the specific changes and

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questions that they had. Glen Castore moved to adopt the revised agreement, Eric
Bjornard seconded
The board was approached with concerns about Decker Ave. and 100th St. in
connection to the Gill/Prawer annexation. Kathleen Doran-Norton moved to send a
letter to the cities of Northfield and Dundas and Rice County to work cooperatively
to pursue a joint agreement to upgrade Decker Avenue and 100th Street and
improve the intersection at Decker Avenue and Hwy 19 to support urban growth
and development. Eric Bjornard seconded. All Approved. Kathleen Doran-Norton
also moved to send a letter to the city of Northfield to precipitate in Bridgewater
Township’s comprehensive plan to support the preservation and protection of
natural resources and open space. Eric Bjornard seconded. All Approved.
In regards to the stream ordinance with Northfield it was noted that the
Northfield city engineer had asked the township to participate in their effort to
create an ordinance.
The Board and Dennis Brown then discussed road situation and future
planning in regards to the recent snow events, and condition of the equipment. It
was also discussed if and when a new grader might be needed but no decision was
made at this time. In addition concerns were brought up from the audience
regarding recent snow plowing in the area.
Election preparations were discussed on picking up supplies and set-up.
The Board then scheduled upcoming events including a budgeting
worksession, the candidate open form and an actionable meeting to sign bills for
next month.
Eric Bjornard moved to adjourn, Glen Castore seconded. All agreed.

Submitted by
Michael Norton