May 18, 2011

Road Inspection took place on May 18, 2011 beginning at 10:00am meeting at the Wilma Town Hall.  Present for the inspection was Supervisor Gary Vink, Chairperson Glen Williamson, and Deputy Clerk Toni Williamson.

Purpose of the inspection was to review possible problems and to recommend necessary changes and to check signs for the retro reflectivity.  There are some signs in question and Gary will check with the County Engineer as to if the signs that abut the county roads are our responsibility.

Eagle Head Road (Shared with Danforth Township)

We have drained and cleaned the culvert in the past.  Recommend to trim hazard trees to enable the sign to be seen.

  • Dead End and Minimum Maintenance signs will need to be replaced.

Cooked Lake (Shared with Danforth Township)

Recommend regular maintenance and gravel in some areas.  Gary will recommend to Danforth

  • Dead End sign is in good shape with retro reflectivity on sign, but not on bottom.

Dollar Lake

Recommend normal maintenance

  • Dead End sign is county responsibility

Vink Road

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • Dead End sign needs to be replaced, Stop sign is the county.

McCullen Dr

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • Replace Dead End sign, Stop sign is the county.

Heller Road (Shared with New Dosey)

Problems with the last small culvert that goes to the west.   Gary will discuss with New Dosey about maintenance and gravel needs.

  • Replace Dead End sign.

Tamarack Pine Dr

Recommend routine maintenance

  • Replace Dead End sign.

Langstrom Lane

Recommend routine maintenance and two loads of gravel at end.  Gary will remove the hazard tree blocking road near Dennis Schmedeke’s.

  • Dead End sign must be replaced

Pete Anderson Rd (Shared with Arna)

Hazardous tree limbs in need of cutting.  Culverts are in good condition.  Recommend routine maintenance and two loads of pit run at the end per agreement.

  • Replace Dead End sign.

Fust Lane

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • Replace Dead End sign.

Schmedeke Lane

Cut down hazard tree and routine maintenance recommended.

  • Replace Dead End sign.

Duncan Road  (South)

Trim hazard trees and routine maintenance recommended

  • Dead End sign is not in need of replacement

Duncan Road (North)

Clear hazard trees/brush in several spots and do maintenance on wash over at culvert by beaver pond and replace culvert after road work completed and add gravel.

  • Replace Dead End sign

Mink Farm Dr

Trim hazard brush, gravel and routine maintenance recommended.  Use escrow from TNT for gravel.

  • Replace Dead End sign

Mayfield Drive

Trim hazard trees, repair mud holes.  Culverts are dangerously exposed.  First culvert has holes and is pushed down and bowed.  Second culvert is exposed and the end is ripped.  Third culvert is half exposed and logs were placed on it to keep it in place and it is bowed.  Fourth culvert is concrete and in good shape.  All damages will be billed to Carlson Timber.

  • Replace Dead End and Minimum Maintenance sign.

Little Tamarack Lake Road

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • Replace Dead End, right curve sign, road snake sign, Stop Ahead and Next 1 mile sign.  First Stop sign is county’s.

Short Road

Recommend routine maintenance

  • Sign is county’s.

Lost River Road

Recommend routine maintenance

  • Stop sign is county’s.

River Cabin Road

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • Stop sign is county’s

Mona Drive

Recommend routine maintenance.

  • No signage issues

Kenny Peterson

End of road swamped about 1/3 mile in.  Gary will research how far gas tax goes and see if we can reduce the gas tax to the swamp.  Trim hazard trees and continued routine maintenance recommended.

  • Replace Minimum Maintenance Road sign.

Road inspection adjourned at 2:30pm

Toni Williamson
Deputy Clerk




Meeting was brought to order at 7:30pm by Chairman Glen Williamson with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes were read by the Clerk and approved.  In attendance were Supervisors Gary Vink, Mike McCullen, Chairman Glen Williamson, Treasurer Patrice Winfield and Deputy Clerk Toni Williamson.  In attendance in the audience were Marge and Eldon Schmedeke.


Gary reported that Mayfield Dr, which was logged by Carlson Timber, had three damaged culverts.  Gary flagged them.  We need to get in contact with Carlson as we have no bond.  Per Gary, they also dozed off snow when it was not needed and there were still visible tracks.

Glen suggested we get a repair estimate and send them a bill.  Per Mike, we can put a road restriction on the road to stop them.  Glen recommended going soon to document the damage. Glen motioned that the Road Manager do an inspection before and after we repair the damage and then bill Carlson for the cost  to repair or replace the damage and bring it to June meeting.  Gary will get an estimate.  The motion was seconded by Mike and approved.

Federated was up last week and Gary wanted the price per gallon.  Per Patrice it was $2.09.9. She will contact them.


Mike says that the Duxbury Volunteer Department will have their fundraising pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 29 from 6:30am to 1:00pm at the Town Hall.  Gary motioned to approve, Glen seconded and the motion was passed.

Mike wants to bury the tank behind the Wilma town hall to use for fires.  Glen motioned to bury when OK to do so.  It was seconded by Mike and passed.

Glen set the Road Inspection date for Wednesday May 18th at 10:00am.  They will meet at the Wilma Town Hall.

Patrice noted that she is now required to do Quarterly Taxes for Medicare and Social Security. She must currently do it on dialup internet.  She said that it is very slow, and came in a day late and we may get a fine.  There are more items that she will need to do online.  She mentioned that Hughesnet has free satellite installation and she was hoping the Township could pick up a portion of the cost.  Mike motioned that the Township pay $20 per month for her satellite connection and that she expense it.  It was seconded by Glen and passed.

Eldon Schmedeke spoke regarding the minutes he was billed for.  He had requested copies of all the minutes for 2010.  He said he could not clearly read and he went to Patrice’s home but was afraid of the dogs.  He further explained that Toni called to get his address and when he received the bill he was upset about the cost of the bill.  It was $47.56.  He said that he has paid over $12,000 and wondered what they are using the money for.  Glen explained that the billing is a law.  Glen motioned that we waive the expense with the understanding we will follow the statute. It was seconded by Mike and passed.  Glen thanked him for his input and said he is a valued member of the township.  Eldon also donated one ream of paper at the meeting.

Eldon then wanted to discuss the roads.  Eldon gave a history of the roads and read from past minutes regarding Duxbury road in the past.  Eldon said that he is unable to drive on the road when there is a lot of water.  He mentioned that he must tell people not to come to his home when the road is in these conditions and wonders what would happen if they needed medical attention.  He noted that he wants action taken.  Mike responded that all roads are bad due to frost.  Eldon said that we should have it paved.  Glen thanked him for is input and said that the township will be more proactive.


Patrice Winfield                $111.37 Treasurer Duties and taxes

Glen Williamson               $ 96.71                  Meeting and road inspection

Toni Williamson                $196.24                 Meetings and general duties

Mike McCullen                 $ 67.94                  Meetings

Gary Vink                        $185.40                 Meetings and road maintenance

Federated                        $535.83                 Propane

Donna Filler                     $ 40.00                  March Election Judge

ECE                                $ 52.55                 Electric

TOTAL             $1,286.00

It was motioned by Mike to transfer $1,300, seconded by Gary and passed.

Motion by Gary to adjourn, seconded by Mike.  Motion passed and adjourned at 8:45pm.

Toni Williamson

Deputy Clerk, Wilma Township




Meeting was called to order at 10:00am by Chairman Glen Williamson with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present at the meeting were Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Chairperson Glen Williamson, Deputy Clerk Toni Williamson, Bob Brewster, Township Assessor, Lana Meyer, Pine County Appraiser.  Township members present were Diane Raymond (R320138-000), Joe Vink (R32053, R320080, and R320141), Steve Alden (R32-0126-000) and Archie France (R3200122-000).

It was motioned by Gary to waive the minutes as they were not available and it was seconded by Mike and passed.

Bob gave an example of what he does as to when property values are up or down and regarding bankruptcy or sales between families as this is not fair market value and the state has final word.

Lana said that last sales study numbers were down as we had three recreational sales and that there was a lowered land cost on buildings.  There were 58 land sales over 35 acres and a land ratio of 109%.  County high ground was $1,350 to $2,150 and reduced to $1,395.  Building sites were $1,000 to $3,000 on first acre, $16,000 for blacktop roads and $13,000 for gravel.

Land values in Wilma were $1,425 per acre, a $50 decrease.  Waste acres were reduced to $550 from $575.  Bob said it was hard to say how real estate goes as nothing is really selling.  The law of averages comes in so with only a few land sales it’s erratic and down.

There were questions on Site Amenity.  It was explained that you only have that with access and buildable site.  It can go to $13,000.

Diane Raymond, (R320138-000) – She has 10 acres and her 2011 value is $47,700 and is now on pavement.  She had an appraisal in January at $26,500 and she came up with $28,000.  Bob said that she has Tamarac River and it costs more.  The site amenity on Tamarac is $27,000 instead of $12,000.  It forces the property tax and is something that is brought up each year.  He said that she will need to take this to legislature as they are powerless at this level.  High ground is at $13,075 per acre with access.  They show three acres of good access and 3-1/2 acres show as landlocked at $850 per acre, lowered from $1,375 because of limited access.  One quarter acre of the land has no value.  Joe mentioned that maybe she can sell it.  Bob said to ask the county but he does not think so due to limited access.  Diane asked how many acres of here land is swamp.  Bob said that none and it should be adjusted down as it is too high.  She’s getting ¼ of land (2-1/2 acres) with no value.

Diane asked for a printout of how they came to $47,700 and Bob said it is on the web.  Mike asked if realtor values it at $26,500 but she pays $47,000, how it works.  He said when it is finished he county will have a copy to look into that will have more detail.  Lana said appraisals for mortgages are coming in low and they check comparable sales with neighbors and other town ships.  This is their guess on what to sell for and the base it on history.  Bob will mail a copy to her and she will send o Pine County Assessor.  There is a broken down building and the minimum house value is $435.00 so she pays $4.00 per year.  Diane said she is satisfied.

Joe Vink, R320138 – Section 7, valued at $72,500 with a 2011 assessment of $68,700.  Bob said it has been adjusted down; the house is below average and 25% has been added for depreciation.  Lana said to look at the valuation for next year.

Joe Vink, R320080 – Gary abstained from any decisions on the Vink properties. (This is the house next to the Duxbury Store.)  It is valued at $76,800.  Bob said he will recommend ½ acre will be adjusted as it is on a blacktop.  The do not have a well and the water is pumped from the Duxbury Store.  Bob said he will recommend they can take ¼ off.  There was discussion as to the relevancy of well sharing.  Glen suggested that he get the ¼ discount because he will be assed for the well since he owns the Duxbury Store.

Joe Vink, R320141 – It is valued at $276,400 for 200 acres.  Building is minimal at $400 and paying $4.00 per year.  Glen asked if his taxes went up and Joe said they went down.  He has 179 acres of high ground and 18 acres of swamp.  It has a driveway, electric and two acres for the road with no well or sewer.  Glen asked Bob if it is possible to have it reduced to four acres for $2,750 off.  This would be a value change from $276,400 to $276,000.  Steve Alden (R32-0126), He had questions regarding garbage.  Glen told him that as of two weeks ago, Gary is in charge of the Garbage Committee and suggested that he attend the meeting on May 24 at 7pm at the Duxbury Store.

Archie France, R3200122-000 –  It is east of the creek on Fust Lane and has 64 acres.  There was discussion as the Supervisors looked at the maps.  Bob’s breakdown showed 64.41 acres had river through it.  Bpb said the Ariel photo showed access and Archie said there was none.  He has ½ site with no well or sewer and it is mostly high  ground. Bob shows two acres of swamp and nine acres of no value.  Bob said they can take off the nine acres.  Glen asked Bob if he recommended that the nine acres to change to no access.  Bob said the value was reduced to $4,275 due to the nine acres he bought in the fall.  After discussion, Bob will remove the outhouse, a savings of 77¢ and the 2011 assessment of $133,100 will have $4,800 removed for a total of $128.300.


Diane Raymond – According to Mike she will need to get paperwork and there can be no changes without paperwork. Glen mentioned that it is sometimes done administratively and he agrees communication is necessary.  Lana agreed they seem to be high and it needs to be looked into.  There was a motion by Gary and a second by Mike for no change.  Motion passed for no change for R320181.

Joe Vink – (Gary Vink excused himself from all votes for Vink.)

  • R320141:   Glen made a motion for no change on the first property and it was seconded by Mike and motion passed.
  • R320080 – Bob suggested we approve reduction and defer to county and the county will represent Joe.  Joe will not have to be there.  It may be in the area of $4,000 in reduction.  Lana said the Department of Revenue encourages no action there is a conflict of interest and that it should all be deferred.  Mike said this is hard to say because we all know each other.  Glen said that regardless of knowing each other or not, we still make tough decisions.  Glen went on to say why not give the ¼ discount since he will be assessed for the well since he also owns it.
  • R320141 – Building minimum is $400, paying $4.00 per year.  Glen asked if taxes went up and Joe said they went down.  Joe has 179 acres of high land and 18 acres of swamp, with a driveway and electric and two acres for the road with no well.  Glen asked if Bob can recommend reducing up to four acres for $2,750 off.  This changes the value to $276,000.

Steve Alden R32-0126-000 – Had questions regarding the garbage fee.  Mike said if you put trash out it is taxed and each property is taxed with this special assessment.  Steve has more than one property, but is taxed on only one.  Glen told him that Gary Vink is now in charge of the garbage. Glen motioned and it was seconded by Mike to recommend he attend the next Garbage meeting on May 24, 2011 at 7pm at the Duxbury Store.

Archie France -R320122 He has nine acres on side of creek.  Should it be inaccessible?   It is east of the creek on Fust Lane.  There was discussion as the supervisors looked at the map.  Per Bob’s breakdown for McDermot Creeks is $16,000 for first acres with 1,320 feet of frontage at $25.00 per foot.  Archie asked about the nine acres to change to no access.  Bob said that it show’s access on the aerial photo.  Glen suggested to Bob to recommend the change the nine acres to no access.  It would be reduced to $4,725.  There are four structures on the property, three stick built and one mobile home.  Bob will recommend removing $4,800 from the $133,100, reducing it to $128,300.

Archie FranceMust take questions regarding trash to the garbage meeting.  Glen motioned and it was seconded by Mike for him to do so and passed.  For Fust Lane – Recommend nine acres reclassified from good to no access.  Motioned by Mike and seconded by Gary and passed.

Glen Williamson – R320073   wanted to know why building value went up to $346,100.  Lana said building value up $4,000 and land value up $14,000.  Glen said he understands.

Glen thanked all for coming out and thanked Lana and Bob and that he hopes all are satisfied.

Motion to adjourn by Gary and seconded by Mike.  Meeting adjourned at 12:00pm.

Toni Williamson

Deputy Clerk, Wilma Township