Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present: Supervisor Mike McCullen, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden Shute, Stan and Tracey Riley, Pat Story, David Nelson, Rodney Sorgaard, and Jody Mattson. September Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the September meeting. Mike moved to approve; Glen seconded.
ROAD REPORT: Alden said he has graded all the township roads a couple of times in preparation for winter. He had gravel put down on the North and South Duncan Roads. The culverts are staged on Crooked Lake and Dollar Lake Roads and will be put in this week. Paul should bill Danforth Township for half of the cost of the culverts. Alden said he dug out the frost boils on Tamarack Pine Drive and on the Vink Road. He picked up a new cutting edge for the grader.
Township Road Mowing: Jody said she watched Jerry’s Mowing on Tamarack Pine Drive and they had the mower set over a foot high and she felt the town was wasting their money.
Road Surveys: Jody said a surveyor was on Tamarack Pine Drive looking for the survey marker and thought it was near Maureen Rioux’s driveway. There is a property dispute on the other side of the river of Tamarack Pine Drive between Clay Heller and James Doody and some land he bought from Micki Johnson. The surveyor wanted permission from the board to dig in Tamarack Pine Drive, but he said he doubted there even was a marker. Mike said there is a marker at the corner of Duxbury Road and Tamarack River Road, and the board said he should not dig in the road with such flimsy evidence.
Barricade on Tamarack Pine Drive: Jody said Tamarack Pine Drive ends at the Tamarack River where there used to be a bridge. People still drive right to the end of the road and there is no turn-around space, so they need to drive on their lawn. She said the river drop-off is steep and it is a hazard. Glen moved that Alden barricade the end of the road so no one goes down past the barricades. Mike seconded.
OLD BUSINESS: Couri & Ruppe Annual Township Legal Seminar: Was Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Rutledge Town Hall. Paul attended and brought back the powerpoint manual for all the board members. He said the manuals have every subject discussed and every point discussed and it was very good training on roads, fire department contracts, speed limits, beaver dams, contracts, and legal pitfalls townships fall into.
2021 MAT EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING: Was online again on September 9, 10, 11. The board members and public can still watch the sessions at these links: SepticSystems: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/2WsYTkjQAh7QHu2FadybR667Cncv2oPSDFwujSvUSrtkXeAAyHWUIZ8qLNjWpQd298yhY9bqqsjRET1w.noC_cqg5fXfYHm0m PowerPoints on Current Town Legal Issues, by Jason Hill and Troy Gilchrist: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAXX3VhIsltxtp9RSY6pLicTPMkY4M7s/view
Video on Township Legal Issues: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/ZPCAY-_phXikKenjTi_vM1ktvOto4XhiOyDfpf14Ou2qa5a2RvBR6D_L8fWxVhRxTcLENwwbsePLYIR8.qbbZAevzr5wHziF9 Troy Gillchrist talked about the 60-day rule for any applications from to citizens to the board. They must act within 60 days or the petition is considered granted. The countdown starts when the application is submitted. The response must be in writing by resolution. Video on Roads: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/PsWAlzB9cm-JJaOZI9_IWJus2ujmq-b0JG_Xk9oPrqqMXPdGOsnYS7ZRFE5bF4ZbVh2hjvEhXJPyFD26.IAX3Ur2r0v1f48X1 PowerPoint “RoadsRoadsRoads”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KP02hKZ2XrIR46XgtDFkT-hlr_K_up6e/view Speed limits: if no limit set then 55 mph applies, but the public must drive reasonably and prudently. The board can adopt a 35 mph limit in rural residential districts where there is 300′ between houses for ¼ mile. They can pass a 25 mph limit on any town road less than ½ mile. They need a resolution to put up speed limit signs. Gillchrist said towns can lose roads by vacation or by abandonment, but even unused and unmaintained roads remain public rights-of-way.
Video on Twp. Employee policies: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/-gPD6fvVX69nfOxE8SOmB61rvYjllzE2wcKp7Kk19bz-pFLvywvk3K_phY5gCPx8P6G6bG47PDStbWrO.cExjAVfX2iVT76XK Power Point on township employees: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-DXHbGg_m88ObRoW4zpkP02ksoPXTo0/view
Q&A for Clerks and Treasurers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI3aZhSeHKg Our ARPA funds need to be put into a special fund, which can be the fund set up for our CARES Act funds last year, named Federal Grants/ARPA and Fund 270.
Liquor and Cigarette License: Stan Riley has started a new business at the corner of Duxbury and Tamarack River Roads, selling propane, prepared lunches, and hopes to add liquor and strong beer and cigarettes. He needs Wilma Board approval to get the liquor license. The board granted his cigarette license. Stan said he had his trailer moved and put up yellow parking markers and he has almost 50 feet of parking off-road. The county is putting in a culvert so he can widen his driveway. Mike said he still hesitates to vote for a liquor license for Stan until the culvert is put in and the parking issue is completely resolved; people still park on the road. Glen said our township has always been very welcoming to new residents and business ventures and we should be now when Stan has made so much effort to satisfy the board’s concerns. He moved that the board adopt a resolution to petition the county to put up a stop-sign ahead warning sign and a 35 mph speed limit sign on Tamarack River Road a quarter-mile north of Duxbury Road or at a distance they feel is safest. Glen moved that our record state that the Board of Supervisors of Wilma Township has no objection or opposition to the county granting Stan and Tracey’s business, Country Store and More, a license to sell liquor and strong beer. Mike seconded.
NEW BUSINESS: Pine Co. Twp. Officers Assn. Meeting: Will be Saturday, October 23, at the Hinckley Community Center at 9 a.m. Secretary-Treasurer Glen Williamson has scheduled many interesting speakers and presenters and county officials.
Wilma Fall Fest: Will be that night, Oct. 23, starting at 6 p.m. With a potluck supper and then the Procrastinators will play for the evening. All are welcome. Jody Mattson said she would join the committee and help get businesses and vendors to donate door prizes. Glen said he’d take care of the Play and Stay at the casino, but Jody could contact the Danbury Casino. Paul said two years ago we only had very few prizes which gave the Procrastinators more time to play uninterrupted. He asked if we could restrict it to 10 good prizes, like oil changes. Jody said the kids love the idea of door prizes.
Pine County Wanderers: Will meet at the Wilma Town Hall on Wednesday, October 27, starting at noon. Mike moved to give approval for them to use the hall. Glen seconded.
Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave treasurers’ report: Total bills for October, including our annual fire department contract, $10,858.82. Total to transfer, $11,000. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Glen seconded. Mike moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9.15.
Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present: Supervisors Mike McCullen and Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden Shute, and Stan Riley. August Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the August meeting. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.
ROAD REPORT: Alden said he has graded all the township roads a couple of times. He had gravel put down on the North and South Duncan Roads. The culverts were put in Crooked Lake Road and Paul should bill Danforth Township for half of the cost of the culverts. Alden said he confronted a problem when doing a locate on Crooked Lake Road Google Maps says that the name of the road is South Range Line Road and that Crooked Lake Road is located in Danforth township a few miles west. Mike said that is obviously wrong and he can contact Google Maps to correct it. Alden said he will start working on digging out the frost boils on Tamarack Pine Drive and on the Vink Road.
Township Road Mowing: Alden said if citizens are going to complain about the job Jerry’s Mowing did on our township roads that he’d suggest we don’t do any mowing from now on. Mike said we just need to remind any citizens who complain that we only mow the right of way, not up to the tree line.
ECE Road Excavation on Dollar Lake Road: Alden said that on Dollar Lake Road that ECE only worked in the ditch, not on the road. They have not contacted him yet for an inspection on the Vink Road. We will return the $1,000 for Vink Road once they confirm that the work is done and Alden can inspect it.
OLD BUSINESS: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Pine Co. Planning Meeting. Paul attended the second meeting on July 27 at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone. Wilma has already received half of our ARPA funds. Our dollar amount isn’t calculated based on our budget or our spending but on our population, which is 63 @ $105/person, $6,615. Mike said he thought we could ask for more funding and that the fire department can request funding from the township. Paul said we won’t get any more than the $6,000, but Mike can call Commissioner Terry Lovgren to confirm this. Possibilities for funding: Extension of our Town Hall broadband budget to give us more months of service. We can buy laptops for Mike and Gary and a printer for Patrice. Paul said Minnesota Surplus has Dell laptops with power cords for $70, with cameras. Mike and Gary said they aren’t interested. We can donate to the fire department for lost revenue. We need to document how we spent it.
Liquor and Cigarette License: Stan Riley has started a new business at the corner of Duxbury and Tamarack River Roads, selling propane, prepared lunches, and hopes to add liquor and strong beer and cigarettes. He needs Wilma Board approval to get the licenses. Mike said he has had anonymous complaints about people parking in the county right of way on Tamarack River Road. Glen asked who is doing the complaining and said he did not like anonymous reports. If someone has a concern about an issue, they need to come to a meeting and state it publicly. Stan said he is having his trailer moved tomorrow and that he will have almost 50 feet of parking off-road so the parking issue is over. Mike said he still will not vote for a liquor license for Stan until the parking issue is resolved, but he did second Glen’s motion to approve the cigarette license. Gary abstained.
Mowing Town Hall: The Board hired Stan Riley at $20/hour to both mow and weed-whip the hall lawn, and he will do it tomorrow. Hall Foundation: Paul reinforced the blocks with bricks.
District 7 Meeting: Was Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m. In Monticello. Paul attended by Zoom: The first hour was just the Monticello town board explaining how they treat roads for dust and maintain their roads. Also on the agenda was Government Relations update and discussion on how we can use our ARPA funds.
NEW BUSINESS: Couri & Ruppe Annual Township Legal Seminar: Will be Saturday, September 25, 2021, Rutledge Town Hall. Mike wants to go and Paul will register for himself and for Mike.
Town Hall Chairs: Patrice asked permission to borrow the town hall chairs for her birthday celebration for her father, Holace on Sept. 11. Mike moved to approve; Gary seconded.
2021 MAT EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING: Will be virtual online again, and free of charge, September 9, 10. 11. Agenda: Sept. 9, Thurs. 8-11 a.m. Town Law Review: four one-hour sessions on township government. (Septic Systems; Township legal issues; Town Road Law; Employment Basics for townships.) Friday evening breakout sessions from 6 – 9 p.m. (Veterans Services; Fire Departments; Clerk and Treasurer support and Q&A., Gravel Roads, Mental Health for Officers). Saturday, annual business meeting
Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave treasurers’ report: Total bills for August, $3,712.39. Total to transfer, $3,700. Gary moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Mike seconded. Gary moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9.00.