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February 5, 2008

The Sherman Town Board met in regular session Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at the Sherman Town Hall with President Robin Berg presiding. 

Members present:  Robin Berg, Gerry Karpen, Sandee Sutton, Cheryl Swenson and Ann Thiel.

Others present:  Larry Sutton, Bill Benson, Neil Winterton and Toby Brown (SECOG).


The Agenda was approved.

Minutes of the January 8, 2008, meeting were approved as read.

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.


Minnehaha Community Water Corp., water, $25.00; Argus Leader Media, January meeting minutes, $39.25; Xcel Energy, electricity, $234.82; Jesse James, diesel fuel, 95.00; Garretson Hardware, clock, $12.58; Brian Berg, 2 hours snow removal, $18.00; Eldon Semmen, 6.5 hours grading, 1 load of gravel, $540.70; Palisades Propane, December and January propane deliveries, $634.35. 


1.       Karpen will contact an individual recommended for the maintenance superintendent position.

2.       Thiel reviewed information obtained from Dean Hammer regarding Federal Income Tax withholding for city employees.  Sutton will contact the IRS for further clarification.

  1. Brown will re-write Municipal Ordinance 3.0112 Open Burning to clarify what items can and can not be burned.

4.       Motion by Karpen, second by Sutton, to approve purchase of a 30” by 36” enclosed bulletin board to be installed on the exterior of the Town Hall.  The bulletin board will be used for posting notices regarding ordinances, meetings and other information.    

5.       Brown will provide a sample letter to send to property owners regarding moving and weed control.

6.       Winterton asked if any further action had been taken regarding vacating the alley in Block 11.  He was advised that the Board decided not to pursue it at this time.

7.       Sutton stated that something should be done regarding clearing personal property from city alleys.  It was felt that the city attorney should be contacted regarding proper procedure.


8.       Brown explained that the Planning Commission is responsible for revising the Zoning Ordinances, after which they will make a recommendation to the Board.  He will contact Planning Commission members to schedule a meeting to begin the process.  Zoning of residential and business districts was discussed.

9.       Karpen recommended that the town purchase a post hole digger for use in placement of new street signs.  A suggestion was made to rent one. 

10.   Thiel noted that Municipal Ordinance 3.0102 Duty of Maintenance of Private Property states that no person shall keep or maintain their premises in a manner causing substantial diminution in the value of other property in the neighborhood in which such premises are located.  This ordinance discourages the accumulation of junk items on private property. 

11.   The Board of Adjustment will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said taxing district for the year 2008.  Sutton with contact the County Board of Equalization regarding the fact that one member will be unable to attend the meeting.


Motion by Karpen to adjourn, second by Sutton.

The next regular meeting will be March 4, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.  


                                    Ann Thiel

Town Clerk


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