WILMA TOWN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
Chairman Glenford Williamson, Sr., called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilma Town Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present were Supervisors Gary Vink and Michael McCullen, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, and Clerk Paul Raymond.
OLD BUSINESS: T & T Logging Escrow: T & T Logging said they would pay the escrow deposit for use of the Mink Farm and Short Roads. They also paid $720 for the damages to the South Duncan Road. Paul said the DNR Logging official Rick Dunkley said that T & T has concerns about our escrow requirements, and he said that T & T has always built up DNR roads after use. Mike said that we should have inspections of township roads with the loggers both before and after they use the roads, so that there is no misunderstanding. Mike moved that we ask that loggers notify the Board before they start logging activities and that Gary do a joint inspection with them, and that Gary also do a joint inspection with them after the logging and hauling activities cease, the cost to be deducted from their escrow accounts, a minimum of one hour per inspection. Glen seconded, and asked Paul to write to T & T and notify them of this requirement.
Schmedeke Lane: Paul had two calls with County Attorney John Carlson about Schmedeke Lane. He said that the county agrees that Schmedeke Lane is exactly one mile from Pete Anderson Road, but that the original survey has precedence and that survey showed the section line across from Fust Lane, and that is where the markers were. They have talked with Bob Jensen about giving him a comparable piece of county land adjacent to his land to compensate for the land he and his mother lost when Schmedeke Lane was built on their land, and that he has agreed to this settlement. If the County Commissioners approve this, then Schmedeke Lane will not have to be moved. The County wants to extend Schmedeke Lane to get more access to County land further north. Attorney Carlson said that if Wilma Township has done maintenance (gravel and/or grading) on Schmedeke Lane for six years, that by default it becomes a township road where it is.
Keys/Armchair: Paul went to the family who borrowed town hall chairs and did not find the missing arm chair. Gary said that when they were shutting off the power for the painters that they found it up in the records closet. Paul distributed keys to the Board members, plus one for the Fire Hall. Both doors will be locked from now on.
Boy’s Camp: The DNR sent us a certified letter saying they are going to try to auction off the Boys’ Camp again on October 21, with a minimum bid of the appraised value plus sales costs. We don’t know what the appraised value is at this time.
C.D.’s for Township Funds: Patrice researched our past budget and fund history and the returns on CD’s. In the past two years, our lowest balance was $32,000, with an average of $38 – $39,000. She feels that we could put up to $20,000 into interest-bearing CD’s without endangering our available fund balances. Three month CD’s pay 1 ¼%; 6 month 1 ½%; 12 month 1 ¾%, and 18 to 24 month 2%. Gary moved that we put $5,000 into a 3 month CD; $5,000 into a 6 month; $5,000 into a 12 month; and $5,000 into an 18 month CD, and that every three months the 3-month be rolled over into the 6-month CD, and so on, until eventually all the CD’s are in the 18 month 2% CD. Glen seconded. Glen moved that Patrice be authorized to keep the CD documents in her safe-deposit box. Mike seconded.
PERA: Paul got application forms for PERA pension deductions and a manual online. Patrice asked if we could wait until 2010 to start PERA deductions, so it doesn’t mess up our books. The Board agreed.
NEW BUSINESS: Census New Contstruction Survey: Gary got a form from the Census Bureau asking us if we would participate in reporting new construction in Wilma Township. Glen moved that we notify them that we do not have the resources to participate. Gary seconded.
Pine County Soil and Water: Jill Collier from Pine Co. Soil and Water would like to make a presentation to the Township. Glen is inviting her to the County Township Officers Meeting in October.
Wilma Fall Fest: Glen asked that we get the word out and talk to everyone we can about donations for door prizes.
Ponds for Fire Trucks: Mike said that Rick Dunckley with the DNR in Sandstone has authorized the Fire Department to make a road on state land to the ponds on Tamarack River Road two miles south of Duxbury for access to the tanker trucks to pump water. These ponds never freeze, and would give us a readily available source of water. Mike said the construction would be financed with matching grants.
Fire Hall Grant: Mike said that if we get the FEMA grant to build a new fire hall, that the best site would be the land between the store and the Town Hall. We will wait until that happens to worry about it.
TREASURER’S REPORT AND BILLS: Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached). Bills were presented:
John Robertson (Painting Town Hall) $ 1,000.00
The Evergreen 8.25
Glen Williamson 40.41
Patrice Winfield 94.65
Paul Raymond 159.30
Mike McCullen 34.63
Gary Vink 76.19
Total Bills $ 1,462.74
Gary moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and to pay all the bills, and to transfer $1,500 from savings to checking. Mike seconded. Mike moved to adjourn the meeting; Glen seconded. Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk