The Maintenance Department consists of two skilled employees who work under the direction of the Town Board Road Supervisor. Their duties include general maintenance and repair of roadways, traffic signs, township buildings, parks, properties and equipment. To best serve the needs of the community, the Township may also use the services of private contractors and consultants. The Township also retains an engineering firm for major road projects.
The Maintenance Department is conveniently located across from the Lent Town Hall on 33212 Hemingway Avenue. If you have road or traffic concerns, please contact the Lent Town Clerk at 651-462-3009 or Road Supervisor, Rick Keller at 651-462-2703. Your concerns will be addressed in a timely manner.
It is the mission of the Lent Township Maintenance Department to provide the citizens of Lent with the highest standard of public facilities consistent with sound engineering practices and fiscal responsibility.
If you damage Lent signs or roadway property, please contact the Town Clerk so that we may make arrangements for the repair.
Lent Township is responsible for over 50 miles of roads within its boundaries.
There are approximately 56,000 miles of township roads with 6,000 bridges in Minnesota.
Township roads comprise 43% of the 131,700 total roadways in Minnesota.
Watch for Snow Plows! Winter safety tips
Snowplows travel much slower than the posted speeds because it is most effective for clearing roads. The driver’s field of vision is severely restricted behind the truck, and the driver must rely on mirrors to see to the rear and side of the truck. Remember to:
- Be patient, and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths between your vehicle and a plow.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
Snow Plow Policy
The Lent Township’s general goal is to have all Township roads passable within a reasonable amount of time after a snowfall has stopped. Roads are prioritized by traffic volume and logical routing. The Township does not assure a completely bare road and will not normally sand entire sections of roadway. The sanding of intersections, hills and curves are the priority. Users of the system are reminded to exercise caution and to realize that the legal speed limit may not be reasonable in certain weather conditions. The Township usually will not dispatch snowplows until the snowfall has stopped, with exceptions possible during periods of extended snowfall. Plows will generally be dispatched between 12:00 am and 7:30 am, or when snow and drifting conditions allow reasonable accomplishments to be made. Operator’s duty shifts are generally limited to a maximum of 16 hours per day for safety reasons. The plow operator’s first job is to make the road passable with one lane in one direction plowed. Then plow the second lane to have one lane in each direction open; lanes are then widened to the edge of the shoulders and sanding is done; cleanup of ice and slush are done as demands allow. Mailboxes damaged during snow removal will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Only those mailboxes that are properly built and installed in a location in accordance with Minnesota Department of Transportation Standards and which were damaged by actual contact with Township equipment will be repaired at Township expense. It is illegal to plow snow across any public roadway. Minnesota Statute 160.2715 RIGHT-OF-WAY USE; MISDEMEANORS states, “it shall be unlawful to: (1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon”. Piles of snow left on or near the roadway can freeze into a solid mass creating a hazardous situation for vehicles and snowplows. These are general guidelines used by the Lent Township road maintenance department. Each decision to mobilize, to the snow plow crews working, and to apply salt/sand is a judgment call based on the particular weather conditions, past experience, and the availability of resources at that particular time, and therefore may not adhere strictly to this general policy. For any information or concerns, call the office at 651-462-3009.
2017 Road Reports
- February 2017 Road Maintenance
- March 2017 Road Maintenance
- April 2017 Road Maintenance
- May 2017 Road Maintenance
- June 2017 Road Maintenance
- July 2017 Road Maintenance
- August 2017 Road Maintenance
- September 2017 Road Maintenance
- October 2017 Road Maintenance
- November 2017 Road Maintenance
- December 2017 Road Maintenance
- 2017 Road Improvements
2018 Road Reports
- January 2018 Road Maintenance
- February 2018 Road Maintenance
- March 2018 Road Maintenance
- April 2018 Road Maintenance
- May 2018 Road Maintenance
- June 2018 Road Maintenance
- July 2018 Road Maintenance
- August 2018 Road Maintenance
- September 2018 Road Maintenance
- October 2018 Road Maintenance
- November 2018 Road Maintenance
- December 2018 Road Maintenance
TJ Potrament, Fire Chief
Nick Peltier, Assistant Chief
Joe Meyer, Chief Training Officer
Available at the Town Hall or the DNR Website
Burning Restrictions: www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/index.html
The Stacy-Lent Area Fire Department has a long history of dedication to their community. Today, the Fire Department is jointly operated by the Township of Lent and the City of Stacy.
The Stacy-Lent Area Fire Department has over 35 dedicated firefighters, led by Fire Chief, TJ Potrament and Assistant Chief, Nick Peltier, Captains and Chief Training Officer, Joe Meyer. The exceptionally skilled firefighters all hail from either the appreciative communities of Stacy or Lent. Lakes Region EMS is an Advanced Life Support ambulance service that serves the Stacy Lent Fire Department area. The Paramedics and EMTs are trained in advanced procedures and medications to provide emergency treatment for both traumatic injury and sudden illness.
Lent Township is extremely proud of its Fire Station, located at 30785 Forest Blvd in Stacy, MN. The entire site, owned by Lent Township, includes an impressive 9-bay brick fire station, large classroom space and Training Simulator.
The remarkable fleet of emergency response vehicles includes: three Type 1 Engines, one 3,000 gallon Tender, three Type 6 Grass Rigs, one Incident Command vehicle, one Polaris ATV off road Grass Rig, and an off road snowmobile rescue sled and trailer. They also have all the gear needed for ice and cold water rescue.
Protecting property and saving lives is the ultimate purpose of our committed firefighters. The firefighters are required to attend continuous training and the contemporary equipment is maintained on a rigorous schedule. In 2017, the Stacy Lent Area firefighters responded to 250 calls.
The Stacy Lent Area Fire Department is very active in the community offering fire safety instructions for kids as well as an open house tour of their facilities and equipment.
The Training Simulator, added in 2007, is a three-story burn building, with repealing anchors, dual pitch roof, sprinkler system training area, repositionable wall panels to be set in any configuration, two burn rooms for live fire or smoke generator and confined space simulator training area; and expansive outdoor areas to provide ample room for police and enforcement agencies to advance their rescue and defense skills. This state of the art training facility provides a unique environment for our own firefighters, as well as firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state, to better prepare for situations they may encounter at the scene of an emergency.
The Building Department consists of Jack Kramer, Building Official; Eric Maass, Planner; Kurt Bearinger, Planner; Planning Commission; Zoning Administrator and Town Clerk. They are committed to providing the highest quality services to residents and permit applicants through timely and comprehensive plan reviews during the application process and thorough inspections at the time of construction. Jack Kramer is a licensed Building Official and Septic Inspector. He has an Associates of Science degree in Building Inspection Technology. Jack has over 32 years of experience and currently works for eight northern suburb communities. The Building Inspector is very accessible for construction questions and accommodating when scheduling inspections. Please contact Building Inspector, Jack Kramer at 651-269-5633. Please contact the Township Clerk if you have any questions.
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Building and Driveway Permits are Required in Lent Township.
Permits are required for new construction, remodels and other projects involving structural changes. You must also obtain permits for exterior maintenance such as roofing, siding, window and door replacement. Plumbing, heating, air conditioning and septic permits are necessary whether the work is done by the homeowner or a contractor. Your building or driveway project will be inspected to ensure that it meets all state and local building codes and property line set-backs. If you are not sure if you need a permit, call the clerk and ask. Projects done without the proper permits may be red-tagged and/or charged double permit fees.
To obtain a building or driveway permit application, or for questions about completing the application, please contact the Town Clerk. Applications may also be printed from the permit menu in the upper right corner of this page, but the original signed copy must be submitted to the clerk along with the application fee. An incomplete application will not be accepted. Permit fees are accepted as check or cash payment only.
Electrical inspections are done by state inspectors as regulated by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Contact the State Electrical Inspector, Eugene Boyle at 763-389-0397.
Lent Township does not issue permits for, nor regulate wells, except for the minimum required separation from a septic system. Further information regarding water and wells may be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Health, Wells and Water Division.
On January 16, 2007 Lent Township officially adopted their Land Use Regulations. Prior to this date Chisago County was responsible for the issuance of building and land use permits in the Township. The Lent Planning and Zoning committee worked diligently for fourteen years to become the regulating authority because it felt that better land use decisions could be made by a local board who understands the features of the land and its resident's concerns.
The Lent Township Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lent Town Hall. Other special meetings will be posted as needed. Meetings are open to the public.
The Planning Commission is an advisory committee appointed by the Lent Town Board of Supervisors. The basic responsibility of the Planning Commission is to see that existing land is used in the very best interest of the Township as well as the landowner.
The Planning Commission meets for the purpose of discussing subdivision and land development applications, ordinance review, and providing guidance and issuing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission's role is critical to ensuring that all development occurring within the township adheres to the community's zoning and land development ordinances and meets the spirit of Lent Township's Comprehensive Plan.
To be placed on the Planning Commission agenda, call the Lent Town Clerk at 651-462-3009, one week in advance of the meeting. Please click here for application deadlines.
The Planning Commission encourages community feedback in the public hearings as part of the process for adoption of each ordinance. All public hearing notices will be published in the Chisago County Press and posted at the town hall posting board. Notices may also be found in the Public Notices on the home page of this website.
Planning Commission Members:
- Mike Willcoxen - Chairperson
- Phil Carlson - Vice Chair
- Jeff Johnson- Member
- Dave Carlson - Member
- Dave Milles - Member
- Lisa Sinna - Alternate
Land Use Permits
Land Use Premits are required to allow specific types of development. There are certain uses of land or types of businesses that may have an impact on their community. These uses are carefully reviewed through the land use permit process.
Land Use Permits authorize a use and set conditions for its establishment and operation. Land Use Permits can be required for a number of reasons, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The site's zoning
- The proposed use
- The amount of grading or vegetation removal
- Inability to comply with ordinance requirements
Land Use Permit Process
The typical Land Use process begins with the applicant completing and submitting an application with all required documents from the checklist. The application is reviewed by the Town Clerk before a public hearing is scheduled.
A public hearing is scheduled and a notice is published in the official newspaper; the applicant and adjacent property owners (10 nearest property owners or all within 1/4 mile whichever notifies the greatest amount of property owners) are notified.
The Planning Commission hears the application proposal and makes their recommendation to the Town Board, which then hears the application proposal and staff report.
The Town Board makes a decision to approve or deny the request.
After compliance with the approved Town Board conditions, the applicant may begin the building permit process.
A Comprehensive Plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development.
Lent Township Land Use Regulations:
- Index Introduction & Contents
- Chapter 1 Relationship to County Regulations
- Chapter 2 Zoning Ordinance
- Chapter 3 Subdivision Ordinance
- Chapter 4 Sewage & Wastewater Treatment Ordinance
- Chapter 5 Building Code
- Chapter 6 Admin Enforcement & fees
- Chapter 7 Floodplain Management
- Land Use Map