Annual Town Meeting, March 11, 2008

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General Fund: Paul explained that the General Fund is used for all operating expenses of the town, for wages, insurance, mileage. Joe moved to keep this fund at $12,000; Mark seconded. Passed.

Debt Service Fund: Paul moved to keep this fund at $25,500 for one more year. After that the grader will be almost all paid off. Ron seconded.

WAGES: Mark moved to keep all wages, for Chairman, Supervisors, Clerk and Treasurer, the same as in 2008, $17.50 per hour for Chairman; $15 for Supervisors; $75 per meeting for Clerk and $65 for Treasurer, plus $10 per hour for bookkeeping and reports. Eldon seconded. Passed.

Ron moved to keep wages for General Labor, Major Mechanic, Mechanic’s Assistant and Grader Operator the same: $15/hour General; $30 Major Mechanic; $15, Mechanic Assistant and $16, Grader Operator. Joe seconded. Passed.

Out of Town Meetings: Paul explained why Board members attend out of town meetings such as the short courses and County Township Officers meetings. Eldon said there is no reason for all officers to attend the meetings. Glen said that as a new officer he has learned a great deal at the short courses and at the County Officers’ meetings. If we don’t attend, the elected and township officials think that we are not interested or involved, and they will ride all over us. Randy moved to keep the pay at $35 for half-day and $65 for full-day meetings. Mark seconded. Passed.

Election Judges: Mark moved to keep the pay at $10/hour; Patrice seconded. Passed.

Mileage: Gary move that we increase the mileage reimbursement to .50 per mile. Randy seconded. Passed.

Snowplowing: The Board had recommended no change for 2009, but Mark said that with fuel costs skyrocketing we could lose money on private drives at the current rate. He said it takes 20 to 30 minutes per driveway to plow private drives. He recommended an increase to $75 and $100. Paul moved that snowplowing be increased to $75 per season for next year, $100 for drives over 700 feet. Tony seconded. Dennis moved that special plowing be set at $150 per hour with a one-hour minimum. Mark seconded.

REPORT OF THE ELECTION: Glen read the report of the Board of Canvass. For Supervisor, Gary Vink 15; Donna Filler 1; Bruce Filler 8. For Clerk, Paul Raymond, 16, Donna Filler 8. There were 25 voters, including four new registrations. Gary thanked the citizens for coming out to vote.

PARK AND TOWN HALL: Eldon took the floor to advocate for building a new Town Hall. He said he believes our present hall and outhouse is a public joke, that there is no reason that in 2008 we should have to use an unheated outdoor privy. He said we should not put any money into maintaining our current hall. If the landing is cleared for the logging of the park land, this could be cleared for a new Town Hall site. Donna said that we should at least start a planning committee or exploratory team to see what is involved and how much it would cost. We could get Menards to donate materials and people could donate labor. Ron said people talk about volunteering but few people actually show up. They can’t even get volunteers for the Fire Department or for Duxbury Days. Randy said there is nothing wrong with our town hall now, and if people are concerned about paying $35 for a meeting, building a new fully insulated town hall with year-round heated plumbing and septic will be a big increase in our taxes. Joe elaborated on the history of the Park land; it was given by the state to make money for the town; it was only suggested that it be a park. Eldon said we should check on what size and kind of building we need, and he moved that we start an exploratory committee to look into all facets of a new building for our Town Hall; what size and materials and costs. Patrice seconded. Marjorie said we need at least 5 members. Glen asked for volunteers: Eldon and Dennis Schmedeke and Bruce and Donna Filler volunteered. Dennis moved to appoint the four people who volunteered and that the committee report to the Town Board at the June, 2008, meeting. Bruce seconded. Passed.

BANK AND NOTICES: Ron moved that First National Bank remain our bank of deposit; Patrice seconded. Passed. Paul moved that the Pine County Courier be our newspaper of record, with the Evergreen as secondary paper, and that the Town Hall and the Duxbury Store be places of notice. Gary seconded. Passed.

Gary moved that next year’s annual election and town meeting be held the second Tuesday in March. Mark seconded. Passed.

BOARD OF REORGANIZATION: Paul said that the Board of Reorganization will be Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at the Duxbury Store.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION AND APPEAL: Will be Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m.

Gary moved to adjourn the meeting. Mark seconded. Meeting adjourned at 10 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk

Regular Meeting, March 5, 2008

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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 Glenford Williamson, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Duane Glienke, Eldon Schmedeke and two citizens.

Paul read the record of the February meeting. Glen moved to approve; Mike seconded.

We got a bill from Pine County Public Works for $177.57. The board directed Paul to find out what this is for before paying it.

T & T Damages: T & T Logging knocked down the stop and road signs on the Pete Anderson and North Duncan Roads. Gary said the cost for each sign is $250, and he directed Paul to bill T&T $500 to replace both signs.

Townline Road billing: Gary asked Paul to bill New Dosey $75 for their half of plowing the Heller Road on 2/16/08. Also to bill Arna Township $75 for their half of snowplowing Langstrom Road on 2/16, and Danforth $75 for their half of snowplowing the Eagle Head and Crooked Lake Roads on the same date. We received payments of $591.60 from Arna and $75 from New Dosey.

Town Park Logging: Duane Glienke presented a proposal to log off the poplar in the town park acreage, offering to pay the town $25 per cord. He estimated that there were at least 50 cords in the park. Mike said this should be a winter cut. Duane said he would be careful not to damage or rut up the roads. He said he could put the landing off of Joe Vink’s road so it wouldn’t scar the township road. Mike said there is already a driveway with a culvert from Duxbury Road to the town park and he would like Duane to put his landing there so that this cleared area could later be used for a wayside park site or even a future town hall. Glen moved that the Town of Wilma contract with Duane Glienke to log the poplar trees from the 38.5 acre town park land for a minimum of $25 per cord. Mike seconded. Mike said that a driveway and a cleared landing into the town park land that citizens could get access to the downed wood.

Septic Inspection Rates: Gail Kespohl sent a letter increasing her rates. Glen said that with all costs increasing that the town should add a surtax to the septic inspection fees so that the town can generate some revenues. Glen moved that the town retain Pine Septic and Design as our septic system inspector, and to ask for an added fee of $100 for a full system; $50 for a drainfield, and $25 for a tank only; and that the clerk send a letter with our contract notifying Gail of our added fees that she should pass on to the people she inspects. Mike seconded.

Tri-township Disposal District: Mike had a letter from the Tri-Township Disposal District reducing annual fees from $36 to $30 per year. The Chairman and Clerk signed the agreement.

Spring Short Course: Gary moved that any township officer who wanted to should be authorized to attend the Township Association Spring Short courses. Glen seconded. Paul and Glen and possibly Patrice will carpool to the St. Cloud short course on March 24. They will meet at the store at 6 a.m.

County Township Officers’ Meeting: Glen urged all township officers to attend the County Township Officers’ meeting on March 29 in Hinckley. Eldon said he has never seen a township officer speak up at any of these meetings; they just listen and applaud. He said that he has spoken up many times at these meetings and no one ever makes a motion or a resolution.

HR 2421: Eldon took the floor to urge the township to be aware and to speak up about James Oberstars’ proposed bill HR 2421, which Eldon said would vastly expand the Clean Water Act of 1972 to cover even mostly dry land. He said that clean fill like gravel would be considered a pollutant and putting clean fill on mostly dry land would be considered discharging pollutants and would be a felony federal offense. Eldon said that HR 2421 would expand federally protected waters to include small depressions that fill only one week a year and land in a 100 year floodplain that is wet only once in 100 years.

Treasurer’s Report and Bills: Bills were presented:

FNBNS $ 2,000.00

ECE 37.38

The Evergreen 10.00

Mike McCullen 34.63

Pine Co. Courier 45.12

Mark Pallow 118.20

Gary Vink 83.86

Paul Raymond 102.78

Patrice Winfield 225.18

Glen Williamson 34.63

TOTAL BILLS $ 2,691.78

Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached). Gary moved to approve the Treasurer’s report and to pay all the bills, and to transfer $2,700 from savings to checking. Glen seconded.

Mike moved that we purchase a new clock, not a battery-powered one. Gary seconded. Mike moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk