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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Crookston Township Board tries to start from scratch, almost

  • Board doesn't act on resolution passed last week that idles road grader.
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  •     A couple minutes into Thursday evening's Crookston Township Board of Supervisors meeting at Highland School, township resident Craig Larson raised his hand to ask a question. Seeing the raised hand, new board chair Dean Adams said that the board would not be taking questions at the meeting, but would simply be working through its agenda.
        When the meeting adjourned after less than 10 minutes, Larson raised his hand again. "What just happened?" he said.
        Well, what happened at the special meeting was the revamped board sought to undo much of what the previous board did last week. In the wake of elections that resulted in Adams gaining a seat on the board, the previous version of the board last week passed resolutions decreasing board of supervisors' per diem from $60 to $40 and locking up the township's road grader for a year. Then each board member resigned.
        In a whirlwind few minutes Thursday evening, Gerald DeBoer rescinded his resignation and retook his seat on the board. After the meeting he said he wasn't necessarily planning to remain on the board over the long term, but that he would remain for the time being. DeBoer returned to the board in part because when he resigned last week, everyone else on the board had resigned and there was no one to vote to accept his resignation. Next, Lisa Cormican, elected township treasurer last week, resigned from that position so she could be appointed town clerk instead, replacing Dee Myerchin. Then, Sam Kezar, who was treasurer until Cormican was elected, was sworn in as a board of supervisors member. He'd been nominated for the seat last week by Myerchin, to replace Doug Qualley. The board then passed a resolution returning the per diem to $60.
        One resolution the board didn't touch was the one passed last week by the previous board involving the road grader. The township owns the grader, which was operated by longtime township employee Jerry Reitmeier, until he was laid off by the board last week and then resigned. "We're going to leave that one alone," Adams said.
        The board next meets April 9. Adams invited the approximately 17 people at Thursday's meeting to come to the next meeting armed with their questions, concerns and ideas regarding the future of the township. It's likely that a high priority discussion will involve contracting out road maintenance with an outside party that owns and operates its equipment.
        Leading Adams through the agenda was St. Cloud attorney David Meyers, retained by the board to consult them through the transition from the previous board to the new board. The board Thursday passed a resolution to continue retaining the services of Meyers' firm.
        
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