AIRPORT ROAD UPDATES

October 25, 2018:  The Contractor is continuing to work toward completion of the project as weather allows. First lift of blacktop was completed on overall project. Currently, in the process of placing the final layer of asphalt on the roadway from Laketown Road to Waconia City limits.  The contractor is in the process of finalizing the dirt work along the roadway.  Following the final layer of asphalt the contractor will work on finishing the gravel shoulder, adding roadway stripping, placement of signs,  and turf  establishment.  Assessment Hearing will be held on Monday October 29 7:00pm at the Laketown Town Hall.   If you have any questions regarding your assessment please call 952-442-5278.  You are NOT required to attend this hearing unless you object to your assessment.


October 8, 2018:  Driveway culverts are complete.  Paving and curb/gutter to begin as soon as weather permits from Laketown to Schram Winery.

October 2, 2018: Driveway culverts west of Reitz Lake Road will be finished this week.  Beginning Monday, grading crews will be working west of Reitz Lake Road.  Use east entrance off of Scandia or Laketown Road until further notice.  Paving as early as Saturday from Laketown to Schrams, weather permitting. 

September 10, 2018: This week the contractor will be installing the 5 remaining centerline culverts and 12 driveway culverts past the western entrance to Reitz Lake Road. The Centerline culverts will impact residents and through traffic at times because the road will not be passable once excavation for the pipe has taken place. All of schrams customers should enter through the east side

September 6, 2018 Crews are working on the west side of the project.  Residents should enter from Scandia or from Laketown road. They are hauling in material from east to west towards the elementary school.  The only people that should be entering on the west side are the residents that live west of western Reitz Lake Road entrance. All of Schrams traffic should enter from the east side of the project.

September 4, 2018 Reitz Lake Residents are encouraged to use the east access of Reitz Lake Road to Scandia. 

August 30, 2018 Crews will be stripping existing gravel west of Schram's Winery.  Roadway will be reduced to one lane.  Also, crews will be working from Scandia Road heading west to Reitz Lake Road. 
There will be no construction during the Labor Day Holiday weekend.


August 21, 2018:  Construction focus will be from Schram Winery east to Laketown Road through Labor Day.  During this time, Airport Road will be closed to thru traffic including pedestrians and ATV's from Schram winery to Laketown Road.  Residents will continue to have access to their property.

August 8, 2018:  This letter is to update you on traffic and construction schedules for the Airport Road project. We met with the contractor yesterday to get a better idea of the project schedule. It has been a bit challenging on the project start the last two weeks.  So, apologies from Ron Bray, Township Road Engineer, in not getting this information to you sooner. We have also requested adjusting some of the road signage to hopefully assist in road closure information.

 

 The contractor has two crews on-site to work on culverts and grading. The culvert crew will be managed by Joe Fogarty,Swenke Ims, phone number  507.273.8345 cell. Their plan is to work on the replacement of culverts under Airport Road from Scandia Road to Laketown Road this week and possibly early next week depending on progress. Residents and businesses should expect full road closure at the specific culvert locations in this area during working hours of 7AM to 8PM, including some work on Saturdays as needed. This portion of the roadway will be closed except for resident access while the contractor is working in this area.

 

 The grading crew will be managed by Jeff Hanson, Swenke Ims 507.273.4566. Grading work will begin at Scandia Road working westerly to the Schram Vineyard area. The plan is to allow vehicles to pass as needed in this area, but there will be delays and potential road closures, so allow extra time to travel in this area.

 

 Access for now is best from Waconia during working hours, especially for Business Access. We appreciate your patience in this and please allow extra time for travel on Airport Road.

 

 Access is being maintained for residents and businesses from one end or the other. Please visit the Township website for daily or weekly updates as to progress and ongoing work.  http://www.laketowntownship.info.  Click on the NEWS tab. 

 

 If you have any project questions or comments, please call James Collingsworth, WSB, Project Inspector, at 612.219.8082 cell, Ron Bray, WSB Engineer, at 612-360-1280, or the Town Hall @ 952-442-5278, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Airport Road Construction contract has been awarded.  The estimated start date is July 30.  Some dirt work and silt fence placement may be done prior to July 30.   Residents along Airport and Reitz Lake roads can expect to receive a letter from the Township and the project contractor within the next 2 weeks detailing what to expect.  Click HERE to view the letter.

The Town Board will meet every other Tuesday @ 10:00am at the Town Hall for a Special Meeting with the Airport Road Engineer and Contractor. Residents are welcomed to attend.  The meetings are tenatively scheduled for August 7, August 21, September 4, September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30.  

The Town Board will convene at a Special Meeting posted for Friday July 20, 2018 for a Preconstruction meeting. 

The Town Board will convene at a Special Meeting posted for Monday July 30, 2018 to discuss project costs and financing with the Town Road Engineer and Town Attorney.
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A Special Meeting has been called for Friday July 20, 2018 @ 9:00am to Declare a Vacancy on the Town Board for David Falk and to consider an appointment for replacement to fill the remainer of the term until 1/1/2019.  Those interested may attend the special meeting.  Update:  Steve Yetzer has been appointed as Interim Supervisor to serve until the end of the term 1/1/2019.



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CARVER COUNTY 2040 DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Click  HERE to find out more about Carver County 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  

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2018 ANNUAL MEETING
Laketown Township Annual Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday March 13, 2018 7:00pm at the the Town Hall 9530 Laketown Road.  All residents were notified via postcard and newspaper posting.  The Agenda is as follows:

7:00pm  Call to order/Elect Moderator
7:05pm Carver County Commissioner Comments
7:15pm Carver County Road projects
7:25pm 2017 Sheriff Report
7:35pm MS4 Public Hearing (SWPPP)
7:45pm Airport Road Improvement Project Update
7:55pm State of the Township
8:05pm Approve Minutes of March 14, 2017 Annual meeting
               2017 Financial report/Approve 2019 Budget/Set 2019 Levy
8:15pm Open Forum
8:30pm Adjournment or Recess
Note:  Times are subject to change based on length of discussion.
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CITY OF VICTORIA 2040 COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE

Click HERE to find out more about the City of Victoria's 2040 Comprehensive Plans for the orderly annexation areas of Laketown Township. .

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CITY OF WACONIA 2040 COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE

Click HERE to find out more about the City of Waconia's 2040 Comprehensive Plans for the orderly annexation areas of Laketown Township.

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AIRPORT ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE

 

The Town Board approved the Plans and Specifications for the Airport Road Improvement project on May 1, 2018.  The plans have been forwarded to Carver County and MnDOT for their approval.  Once approved, the plans will be submitted for Bid.


The Airport Road Public Improvement Hearing was held on November 14, 2017.  All Township residents were noticed via postcard and newspaper postings.  Copies of the presentation may be obtained at the Town Hall.Tthe Preliminary Assessment Roll for the benefitting residents can be viewed by clicking here.  Presentation materials can be viewed here.

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PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT HEARING FOR AIRPORT ROAD

The Laketown Town Board will meet at the Waconia American Legion at 233 South Olive Street, Waconia, MN 55387 at 7 p.m. on November 14, 2017, to consider whether to reconstruct and pave Airport Road from Laketown Road to Firesteed Ridge. The estimated cost of the improvement is $1,551,000 which is proposed to be paid through a combination of State grant monies, Township general funds and special assessments to the benefitting property owners.

Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting.  
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INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PROPOSED AIRPORT ROAD UPGRADE

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday September 6, 2017 @ 7:00pm at the Waconia American Legion to discuss a committee of Laketown residents proposal to pave Airport Road.  See Legal Notice section for more information.  
Click  HERE for the September 6, 2017 Airport Road Informational meeting presentation materials. 

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CARVER COUNTY 2040 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
Community engagement for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update is now underway.  Throughout the remainder of the summer, there will be a variety of different ways for residents to be involved in the process.

To start, the link to the questionnaire can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CC2040planThe questionnaire is optional, but responses can play a vital role in the update.There are also a variety of upcoming in-person events for residents to discuss the update with Carver County Planner, Brett Angell  in-person.  The events are as follows (there may be additional events added):

Please visit the Comp Plan website for more information www.co.carver.mn.us/2040plan

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201 SEWER SYSTEM PROJECT - REITZ LAKE SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT UPDATES

At the August 8, 2016 Town Board meeting, the Town Board unanimously chose the most cost effective alternative which is to replace the existing sewer line in Reitz Lake and keep the old line in place as an emergency packup (Engineering Feasibility Option 1).  At its August 22, 2016 meeting, the Town Board authorized WSB, the Township's engineering firm, to prepare the design of the replacement sewer line, prepare the construction bid documents and to seek the necessary permits from the state and other governmental authorities. 

The Township will periodically post updates about this 201 Sewer System maintenance project on this website and will inform the 201 System users once all final costs are in and the final increase in 201 sewer system rates can be calculated.

Update 3/14/2017  The project is currently in the design and permitting phase. An update was given by Richard Parr at the Annual Town Meeting on 3/14/2017.

Update 7/10/2017 Regular Town Meeting:  All necessary permits have been submitted and approved. The Construction Bid advertising was published in the June 8 and June 15, 2017 Waconia Patriot and Chaska Herald.  Bid opening will occur on July 18, 2017 @ 2:00pm at the Town Hall.  The intent is to present the Township Board with a recommendation to award the construction contract at the July 24, 2017 Board Meeting.  See July 24, 2017 Town Board Minutes for details.

Update 7/24/2017 Regular Town Meeting:  Richard Parr, WSB Project Manager presented a recommendation to award Reitz Lake Sewer Line Construction Contract.  Three bids were received, opened and read aloud on July 18, 2017.  The bids were checked for conformance to the bidding instructions and tabulated.  Low bid received by Ellingson Drainage, Inc. in the amount of $52,380.00  The Engineers Estimate as stated in the Feasibility Study was $76,935.00.  Based on their experience and qualifications, Richard Parr recommended awarding the contract in the amount of $52,380.00 to Ellingson Drainage, Inc for the Reitz Lake Sanitary Sewer Crossing.  A motion by Supervisor Falk was seconded by Chair Held to award the Reitz Lake Sewer Line Crossing project to Ellingson Drainage, Inc in the amount of $52,380.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

UPDATE:  The new sewer line was succesfully installed, tested and put into operation the week of October 23, 2017.

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STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

What is an Illicit Discharge?

By definition, an illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing (or dumping, spilling, emitting or other discharge) of any substance other than stormwater into the streets, gutters, ditches and ponds that make up our stormwater drainage system, or directly into streams or lakes themselves.

What we do at home and at work affects our local water resources, because our storm drains and ditches are connected to nearby lakes, rivers and streams. Even some fairly common activities could be considered illicit discharge, like dumping leaves, grass clippings, motor oil, paint or other household hazard wastes into a storm drain, allowing discharge from failing septic systems, and improper disposal of sewage from boating or camping. The result is untreated garbage and filth that contribute high levels of pollutants, like heavy metals, toxics, oil and grease, solvents, nutrients, viruses, and bacteria to our lakes and streams - which is why we all need to be aware of what goes into our storm drains and ditches.

Who do I contact if I find a potential illicit discharge?

If you see anyone discharging any substance other than stormwater in roadside ditches and storm drains, please report it to 952-442-5278. For potentially hazardous materials and petroleum spills, call 9-1-1 FIRST when there is an immediate threat to life or property.

Click here to learn more about Winter Erosion Control and Preventing Storm Water Pollution!
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FAQs

The 2011 town newsletter answers some frequently asked questions and can be found under the Archived Documents tab. No subsequent newsletters have been published.


Aquatic Invasive Species Information

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AIS Article 

For more information visit: www.minnehahacreek.org/AIS.

 

Stormwater Articles

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Wetlands     Rain Gardens      Salt    Salt 2013    Composting   Leaves   

 

For residents interested in Permeable Pavement driveways, MCWD has posted a how to video.Permeable pavement allows water to infiltrate into the ground rather than run off into the street and storm sewers, reducing pollution in lakes and streams.

 

MCWD offers cost share assistance for residents who are interested in installing a permeable driveway. More information on that program is available on the MCWD website


MCWD offers cost share assistance for rain gardens. Read the article or visit the MCWD website.

 Burning Restrictions

See Burn Permits.