Castle Rock Town
2537 240th St. W.
Farmington MN 55024
Castle Rock Town Hall
2537 240 th Street West
Farmington, MN 55024
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 8:00–12:00 pm
Castle Rock Board of Supervisors
Meet monthly-2 nd Tuesday-7:00 p.m.
Russell Zellmer, Chair 651-463-4064
Arlyn Lamb, Vice-Chair 651-460-4927
Gary Pipho 507-645-4379
Mike Rademacher 651-463-2232
Michael Monroe Kiefer 651-460-8205
Colette Mumm, Treas. 651-463-4839
Maralee Rother, Clerk 651-463-8523
Jane Bistodeau, Office Asst/Deputy Clerk
Castle Rock Planning Commission
Meet monthly-4 th Monday-8:00 p.m.
Bob Dubbels, Chair 651-463-4538
David Nicolai, Vice-Chair 651-463-2327
Dave Kammueller, Jr. 651-460-2657
Orren Lucht, Secretary 651-463-4540
Paul Irrthum 651-463-8241
Ron Wasmund 651-322-6632
Arlyn Lamb (Supervisor), Volunteers: Maralee Rother,
Jane Bistodeau, Randy Becker
Arlyn Lamb (Supervisor & Chair),
Michael Kiefer (Supervisor), Ken Betzold (Chair), Mark
Henry, Elaine Wikstrom (Secretary), David Mumm, John
Day, Jim Ozmun
Official notices are published in the Farmington
Independent and Cannon Falls Beacon, and are posted at
the Town Hall, Farmers Mill & Elevator, and Castle Rock
Banks in Farmington and Castle Rock.
The Castle Rock Chronicle is a quarterly publication. Issues are published in
February, May, August, and November. It is distributed to all residences and
landowners of Castle Rock Township. If you know of anyone in the Township who
did not receive a copy, please notify the office at 651-460-2221. If you would
like a copy, there are copies at the office. Please take note of our advertisers
who pay for the publication of the Castle Rock Chronicle. If you are interested
in advertising in the Castle Rock Chronicle for the next year, please contact
the Clerk for information. We thank the advertisers for supporting the
Chronicle. Remember to support them. There is no charge to the Township
residents for this newsletter.
Castle Rock Chronicle
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
The Minnesota State Fairs runs from August 23rd through September 3rd, 2007.
12 Days of Fun Ending on Labor Day . Check out all the fair fun, daily
schedules, tickets and entertainment at
BACK TO SCHOOL
It seems like summer just started and now the State Fair is here signaling the
end of summer and the school supplies are back in the stores.
****The first day of school isTuesday, September 4 th, 2007****
The three schools in Castle Rock Township are:
Independent School District #192-Farmington Public Schools
Phone 651-463-5001 Web site www.farmington.k12.mn.us
Independent School District #659-Northfield Public Schools
Phone 507-663-0600 Web site www.nfld.k12.mn.us
Independent School District #195-Randolph Public Schools
Phone 507-263-2151 Web site www.randolph.k12.mn.us
The school web sites can be linked through the Castle Rock Township web site.
Construction of the MinnCan Project will start during the first week of August
2007. Minnesota Pipe Line Company has reconfigured the construction plan into
three phases. Phase I construction to be completed by late November. The
counties involved during the August through November 2007 timeframe are
Clearwater, Hubbard, Meeker, Stearns and Wadena. Phase II is scheduled for
December 2007 to March 2008 in the remaining portions of Clearwater and Hubbard
counties and entering Todd and Morrison counties. Phase III is scheduled for the
summer, April through September 2008, in the remaining portions of Morrison,
Stearns and Meeker counties as well as beginning and completing construction in
Carver, Sibley, Scott and Dakota counties. The pipeline is scheduled to be
operational in October 2008. Landowners may also call the project’s toll free
line at (877) 796-7846. If you would like to receive the MinnCan Update
Newsletter electronically, e-mail MinnCan at info@MinnCanProject.com and request
to be added to the mailing list or you can link to MinnCan through the Castle
Rock Township Web site.
TOWNSHIP ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAYS
At recent Board of Supervisors meetings, discussion has
been held about numerous violations on Castle Rock
Township roads regarding right-of-way use. Some
infractions noted by the Board of Supervisors under
State Statute #160.3715 are (in part) (2) plow or
perform any other detrimental operation within the road
right-of-way except in the preparation of the land for
planting permanent vegetative cover or as authorized
under section #160.232 (e) which states (in part); a
right-of-way may be mowed, burned, or tilled to prepare
the right-of-way for the establishment of permanent
vegetative cover or for prairie vegetation management.
Planting of crops in right-of-ways is illegal.
(4) erect or reconstruct driveway headwalls in or on the
right-of-way of a highway or road, except as may be
allowed by permit from the road authority imposing
reasonable regulations as are necessary to prevent
interference with the construction, maintenance, and
safe use of the highway or road and its appurtenances.
The local road authority of Castle Rock Township is
instructed to maintain permanent vegetative cover in
road right-of-ways by law. Some of the right-of-ways in
Castle Rock Township have been reclaimed and returned to
permanent vegetative cover. Castle Rock Township will be
mowing the right-of-ways after August 1, 2007 for
noxious weed control and sight line issues in accordance
with State Statute #160.232 (c), (d). The right-of-way
is 33 feet from the center of the road. Properly
maintained right-of-ways facilitate public safety; good
sight distance, water quality, and wildlife habitat and
prevent interference with overhead and underground
CAPX2020-PROPOSED POWER LINE
Many of you have received a packet in the mail regarding
a proposed power line project that may or may not affect
landowners in Castle Rock Township. The three
transmission line projects are the result of long-range
planning done by several utilities over the last few
years. These transmission lines cannot be constructed
unless the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
determines they are needed and issues both a Certificate
of Need and Route Permits. The Commission will provide
notice of future meetings to residents and landowners
and will place notice in local papers as well as on
their web site at www.capx2020.com. You can access the
study findings, meeting notices, calendars and updated
information on their web site.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
The Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castle
Rock Town Hall to review the Comprehensive Plan. Dean
Johnson, Planner for Castle Rock Township and the Castle
Rock Board of Supervisors will be in attendance. The
Planning Commission has constructed a list of questions,
which they would like Dean Johnson to address which
- What are the most beneficial areas and how much
land should be rezoned for commercial and rural
- Clustering; how to start process and any
- Change minimum lot size from one acre to larger.
- Current setbacks okay?
- Development issues: requirements for parks,
paths and public use requirements, required fees,
shared wells and septic systems, run off
requirements, street light requirements, shared
driveways, and landscape requirements.
- Updated census information.
- Can the township rezone existing commercial back
- Can the township spot zone commercial areas and
is it advisable?
- How much total acreage is needed in the township
to maintain agricultural status?
The Town of Castle Rock has set the following fees
regarding public hearing application escrow fees:
- Conditional Use Permit
- Interim Use Permit
- Rezoning/Ordinance Amendment
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment
- Parcel Split
The escrow fee is required to cover the Township’s
out-of-pocket expenses caused by review of the
application. The escrow fee is in addition to the
application fee. The above fees are for escrow only
and full payment for consulting fees in excess of
the escrow will be required prior to the issuance of
any permits or final action on the request. Any
unexpended escrow funds will be refunded.