WILMA TOWN BOARD MEETING, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006
Chairman Gary Vink called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present were Supervisors Michael McCullen and Glen Williamson, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Eldon and Marjorie Schmedeke, Bruce and Donna Filler, Ken Yager, Ed Carlin, Terrance Kosculiniak, Joe Thomas, Paul Booth, Joe Vink and Toni Williamson.
Paul read record of the July meeting. Mike moved to approve; Glen seconded.
Randy Schultz Culvert: Randy put in the culvert as requested on the South Crooked Lake Road.
New Dosey Invoice: Ed Carlin said the joint town line road agreement they have with Wilma states that New Dosey is responsible for controlling and removing beavers on the Heller Road. Gary said that at the joint road inspection, he was under the impression that New Dosey’s board agreed to have Wilma clean out the culverts and to remove the beaver, which he did. He knows the landowner and had permission to go on his land. Ed said that their board did not agree to this, only to the cleaning out of culverts. Gary moved to remove the $15 charge for removing the beaver; Mike seconded. The revised bill is for $65. Ed said they had no problem with the other work, and said that either board should contact the other when they do periodic road inspections to notify the other board of work needing to be done, to keep communication open and clear. Gary said Wilma put one 12-yard load of gravel on the Heller Road and worked on the culvert.
Propane Pre-buy: Mike moved that Wilma order 1,000 gallons of propane for 2007 from Federated Propane at their prebuy offer board. Gary seconded. Cost: $1,655.08.
Crooked Lake Road: Danforth has found a child able to crawl into the culvert on the S. Duncan Road to clean it out, so Gary doesn’t have to. Gary talked with Jason about the bent culvert; Gary felt it was better to turn it around, but got no response from Danforth, so we put a load of gravel on top of the culvert. 48 yards of class 5 gravel applied to road and culvert.
Heller Road: 12 yards of class 5 gravel was hauled on the Heller Road and a new culvert was put in 100 yards west of the Co. road. We will bill New Dosey $339.65 for half of the cost of the culvert installation and gravel.
Eagle Head Road: 72 yards of class 5 gravel applied on the north end and on the culvert ¼ mile north of the highway
Vink Road: 132 yards of class 5 gravel applied.
Kenny Peterson Rd: 12 yards of class 5 applied.
McCullen Rd: 48 yards of class 5 applied.
Little Tamarack Lake Rd: 48 yards class 5 applied. Gary said Park Falls Hardwoods is logging on the state land off the road and we need to ask them for another escrow deposit since we have used up their earlier one. Glen asked what happens if damage exceeds the escrow; Gary said we bill for the balance. Address: Lynn Erickson, PARK FALLS HARDWOODS, 305 N. 5th Ave., PO Box 386, Park Falls, WI 54552, 715/762-5600.
Fust Rd: 36 yards of gravel applied.
Duncan Road: The board inspected the road. Gary had a contractor inspect the road and he said doing a full 66′ right of way would be very costly. Doing 16 ½ feet from the center for the second mile would be more affordable, since we do not get gas tax for this portion. We are only legally liable to maintain the part of the Duncan Road that we have maintained for the past 6 years and claim on our road reports. Mike moved that we proceed with the work on building up the North Duncan Road second mile with a 16 ½’ width from the center on each side, and that we authorize a contractor (either Hopkins or Todd Elliot, whoever is more reasonable and/or is available) to do up to 20 hours of work, plus or minus 10%. Glen seconded. Gary clarified his statement at the July meeting that the Duncan Road buildup was not done last year partly due to the grader breakdown; he was concerned that if we needed to replace the grader, our whole road and bridge budget could be expended, not that the grader would be needed to do the buildup.
ASSESSMENTS: Bob Brewster sent a response to our request for information on how many properties he actually assesses in a given year, and for copies of his reports to the county on properties assessed.
Tank Rental: Gary moved that we sign a new contract with Town and Country Oil for the rental of their fuel oil tank. Mike seconded.
New Voting System: Paul has posted a notice of our new voting machine and offering voters a chance to see it and how it works before the election. A list of potential election judges will be sent to the Auditor: Paul Raymond, Patrice Winfield, Donna Filler, Marg Schmedeke, Glen and Toni Williamson. All will need to attend the judge training in Askov or Hinckley September 6 and 7.
Subdivision Application: We got the application for a subdivision from James Laumer, for Becky Niedzielski’s sale. Mike moved to approve the subdivision; Glen seconded.
Board of Appeal/Equalization Certification: Glen attended the short course in Grand Rapids and is now certified for Boards of Review, along with Gary.
Kenny Peterson Road Buildup: Terry Koscielniak and Joe Thomas have a cabin up the Kenny Peterson Road. We have claimed ½ mile for this road for years, but have only maintained the first part to the Kenny Peterson place. Terry said they have owned there for 26 years and have never asked for road work, but a beaver dam blew out and washed out the road, and now they can barely get in with 4-wheelers. The culverts have lifted out of the road, one of them completely out. Gary read the Mn. State lawbook on the 25-year rule; if no work is done on a road for 25 years it can be abandoned. Mike said he does not want Wilma to vacate or abandon any township roads, because then landowners can gate off the roads and forbid access to state land to other citizens. Mike moved that the board meet to inspect the road on Monday, August 14, at noon to see what it will take to improve the road. Glen seconded. Paul will post this.
Bills: Danforth Township $ 944.95
Federated Coop 1,655.08
Todd Elliot Excavating 2,333.25
Glen Williamson 277.70
Gary Vink 258.58
Gary Vink 108.50
Mike McCullen 45.94
Paul Raymond 297.51
Patrice Winfield 86.30
Total Bills: $ 6,038.55
Gary moved to pay all bills and to transfer $6,000 from savings to checking. Patrice gave the Treasurer’s report:
General Fund Receipts 218.68
Road and Bridge Disb: 944.95
Fire Fund Bal: 18.00
Park Fund Bal: 671.86
Building Disb: 32.00
Escrow Rec: 13.47
Total All Funds: 53,209.88
Mike moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Glen seconded.
Tamarack Pine Drive: Joe said there is a frost boil on Tamarack Pine Drive and it needs gravel. Mike moved to put two loads of gravel on the road. Gary seconded.
Grader Cutting Blade: Joe said we need a new 14′ cutting blade on the grader. Mike moved that Joe be authorized to purchase a cutting blade for the grader, and to get the blade he feels is needed. Glen seconded.
Gary moved to adjourn the meeting; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk