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NOTICE WILMA TOWNSHIP:   Due to insufficient time for Wilma taxpayers to appeal their 2016 property evaluations, they may appeal at Sandstone City Hall on Tuesday, April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., or at the Pine Co. Courthouse on April 15thfrom 2 to 4 p.m.  Wilma’s Board of Appeal held on April 6th has been continued to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12 noon by conference call of the Supervisors and Assessors to vote on any appeals.  Parties wishing to be part of this conference call notify Clerk Paul Raymond 320-245-2579.

Town of Wilma Boardof Equalization and Review, April 25, 2012

Town of Wilma Boardof Equalization and Review, April 25, 2012

           The Board of Supervisors met for the annual Board of Equalization and Review at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Supervisors Gary Vink and Michael McCullen, County Assessor Troy Stewart, Assessor Jenny Mansavage, andWilmaTownship’s Assessor Robert Brewster, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Eldon and Marjorie Schmedeke were present.

          Mike moved that the minutes of last year’s Board of Review be  waived; Gary seconded.

          Eldon and Marjorie Schmedeke had several parcels that they wished to have reviewed:   R32:0108, 0104, 0122, 0102, and 0103.

Eldon first thanked the county and Wilma assessors for reducing the property valuations inWilmaTownship; he said he’d been paying too much in taxes.  Because of very wealthy Twin Cities’ people purchasing land near Eldon’s, the county bases values on these top-dollar sales, and regular taxpayers end up paying the bill.

R32:0108:  OnPete Anderson Road, second 40 in.  Both he and the owner of the first 40 have swampland.  The assessor has Eldon’s swamp at 14 acres, and the first 40 at 23 acres, but Eldon believes they are almost identical.  The first 40 is assessed at $31,100 while Eldon’s is valued at $40,600.    The assessor said the corner 40 borders two roads.

32:0104 and 32:0112 are appraised as having access.  Eldon said there is no road access, and if they were sold they would be landlocked.

32:0106: Has half-access.  Rivers run through 106,112 and 104.

32:0102 and 0103:  Eldon said this is valued as high ground, while it is the flats and unbuildable.  He said the appraisers only see it from the sky, not from the ground.  Troy Stewart said high ground is valued at $1,225/acre, and waste at $300.

Michael McCullen, Parcel 32:0152:  Mike’s value has gone down from $187,000 to $156,300.  But he knows of a cabin on Co. Road 30 near Sandstone, built of similar logs but much larger, with an additional house, a huge pole barn and a big pond. The county appraised it at $181,000, and earlier appraised at $221,000, but it sold in January for $156,000, after years of being on the market.  Mike has 27 acres, while the other property has 5, but Mike thinks they also have Sandstone city water and sewer.  Mike asked if he got an independent appraisal, would the County Assessor take that into consideration. Troy said yes, but the county’s appraisals are always a year behind, based on Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the previous year, just as our levies don’t take effect until the next fiscal year.  Everyone is treated equally, but may not equal a current appraisal. The assessor’s records show that the Sandstone property is not inSandstoneCity, and is 2.5 acres.  Because Mike is a Supervisor, his case can not be decided by the Wilma Board, but Mike said he wanted it on the record that his property is over-priced, based on nearby sales.  Mike can appeal to the county, but Bob Brewster does not attend County Assessor Boards of Review.

Bill Corniea, Twin Creeks Campground, letter to the board, Parcel 32:8900.  When the trailer was inspected, it did not have a current license tab, so was valued as a permanent trailer at $6,000.  He has purchased tabs and is current, and asked the appraisal to be reversed.


Eldon Schmedeke:  R32:0108: Troy recommended and Mike moved and Gary seconded to add 3 more acres of swamp, which would lower the value to from $40,600 to $37,800.  Passed.

R32:0104:  Assessor recommended and Mike moved and Gary seconded to remove access.  Value lowered from $41,900 to $36,600.

32:0112: Troyat first recommended no change, but this is also no-access, so agreed to change. Gary moved and Mike seconded to remove site-access, reducing it from $40,400 to $35,100, $5,300.   Passed.

32:0106: Troy recommends, Gary moved, Mike seconded to change to no access, change from $41,900 to $36,600. Total reduction of 104, 106, and 112, $5,300 per parcel, total $15,900.

32:0102 and 0103, side-by-side 80 acres. Troy recommended and Mike moved that Eldon walk out this land with Bob Brewster to see how many acres are high ground.  If Bob recommends a change, Eldon can appeal at the county.

Bill Corniea:  Mike moved andGary seconded to accept his new tags and remove the appraisal.  Passed.

Mike McCullen:  Glen moved andGary seconded to have Bob inspect Mike’s house to report to the county, but because of Mike being on the board to vote no change.  Mike can then appeal at the county level.  Bob agreed to stop by Mikes’ after the Board of Review.

The Board thanked the Assessors Troy Stewart, Jenny Mansavage and Bob Brewster for coming out to the township.  Mike moved to adjourn;Garyseconded.  Meeting adjourned at 11:30.

Paul Raymond, Clerk




To Appeal 2013 Property Tax Valuations

Wednesday, April 25, 10 a.m.

WilmaTown Hall, Duxbury

Paul Raymond, Clerk



          Chairman Glen Williamson called the Board of Audit to order at 7:30 p.m.  with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Also present were Supervisors Mike McCullen and Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Road Manager Mark Pallow.

The Supervisors audited and compared the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s financial records for 2011, and the Cost Control Summaries.  Patrice said that starting in 2012, she will return the CD Investments to the Road and Bridge fund because listing them separately messed up the accounting.  Mike moved to approve both sets of records. Garyseconded.  Approved.

Glen moved to adjourn the Board of Audit and begin the regular Supervisors’ Meeting.  Mike seconded.  Passed.

Paul read the record of January’s board meeting. Garysaid theRochestersurveyor was not digging on thePete Anderson Roadwhen Mark stopped him, but on the County Road 24.  Mark prevented him from digging on our road without paying an escrow deposit. With this change,Garymoved to approve the record; Mike seconded.

Mike asked about the pressure check on the propane tank; he’s never heard of that.  He said the heat was left on in the town hall from the time of the January meeting until the Fire Chiefs’ Meeting, and that may have drained the tank.  It was already 65 degrees inside when he went to turn on the heat.  We need to ensure that the heat is turned off after meetings.

OLD BUSINESS:  FEMA Payments:  Bill Hirte, State Public Assistance Officer gave Paul an update on our payouts.  The storms in 2011 were numbered, and they’re working on #DR1982, the first storm, and will be sending out forms in three weeks.  The next storm was the Hennepin Co. tornado, and then our July1 wind storm, #DR4009.  Forms and reports for that will be sent out in 4 – 6 weeks, so it may be two months before we get paid.

Pine Co. Land, Planning, & Zoning Survey:  Kurt Schneider, the Land & Zoning Administrator, sent out a survey to all the townships asking about their current zoning ordinances, and asking if they would be interested in the county adopting a county-wide ordinance which towns could adopt or opt out of.  Steve Chaffee, our Commissioner, spoke at the Pine Co. Wanderer’s meeting last week and said the problem with many of the township zoning ordinances is enforcement; they don’t have enforcement capabilities, and the county could help with that.  Bob Brewster had given us a copy ofArnaTownship’s Comprehensive Plan, and Paul downloaded the guidelines from Mn. Assn. of Townships for towns who are considering adopting a zoning ordinance.  Glen said we should at a minimum have some kind of reporting mechanism so we know if people are building homes or outbuildings in our township, such as a simple $10 building requirement or registration, so we could inform our assessor of new construction.   Mike asked how we could enforce it?   We would have to post signs at our township boarders.  Mark said he is pretty much aware of any new construction from his duties as road manager, inspecting and grading the roads.  Patrice said she had to get a county building permit to build her home. Gary said that was because she is on the river.  Mike said our current policy is working well so far.  The board reviewed and answered the survey questions and Paul will submit it to Kurt Schneider.  The County septic ordinance will have to be updated by 2014 per the Mn. Pollution Control Agency, and township septic ordinances will need to conform by 2015.  Gail Kespohl wrote our ordinance and she will submit a revision by 2015.  We answered that we are happy with our own ordinance and inspector and do not want the county to handle it.  Glen said we need to stay on top of this zoning ordinance because they may try to pass it.  Look what happened to the junkyard ordinance:  By citizens staying on top of it, the County tried and failed to pass it twice.

Seven County Senior Federation Donation:  They want us to sign a contract with them for services, and for a donation of $300 or so.  Paul spoke to both Fran Levings and Cheryl Wickham about New Dosey’s and Arna’s donations.  Fran said they used to give $300 to both 7 County and to Family Pathways, but that this year they are experiencing a budget crunch and will likely give less.  Cheryl said Markville has given $240 a year before, but they are also hurting financially with the July 1 cleanup.  Patrice gave an overview of all the services the 7 County Federation provides, such as help applying for Medicare and for supplemental insurance for poor applicants.  She will bring information to the March Annual Meeting.  Glen suggested that we propose a $100 donation at the meeting.

Citizen Recognition Plaque:  Glen said he’s been shot down on this before, but he wants to bring up again the town having a plaque with the names of citizens who have given a lot to our township.  Ron McCullen’s recent death has rekindled the idea of acknowledging and recognizing all that past citizens have done.  We could propose one person a year, and add their names to an honor roll plaque, and give a smaller plaque to the families.  It could be limited to those who have passed on. Paul said New Dosey has a plaque with about 20 or so names, and we could nominate several to start.  So many people have served on the board and fire department and contributed to Duxbury Days and other township activities and projects.   Mike and Gary said this could be divisive and dredge up old controversies, if some are recognized and some aren’t. This can also be added to the agenda for the Annual Meeting March 13.

MAT Dental Insurance:  Paul brought the application forms and the plans offered:  Plus, Select, and Choice.  The main difference is the Plus Plan pays 50% of basic care like fillings and extractions and the other two pay 80%.  The Choice plan pays 100% for preventive cleaning, x-rays and exams, while the other two pay 80%.  The monthly cost for officers and employees is Plus: $26.25; Select: $29.25; and Choice:  $32.61.  There is a 1-year waiting period for major work and orthodontics.  The cost for a spouse doubles that.  All of the officers and employees present are interested in getting this insurance. Paul will find out from MAT how many townships pay their officers’/employees’ premiums, or part of them.  This is something that will be added to the Annual Meeting Agenda. We may propose that the town pay the employee premiums and the officers pay for any spouses or dependents, or that the town pay half of whatever the total premiums would be.  We would all have to be under the same plan. Gary moved and Mike seconded that we propose the Choice plan for all officers and employees.

NEW BUSINESS:  Proposed 2013 Budget:  The board reviewed a proposal for the Annual Meeting for 2013 levies and wages.  The only change from 2012 is the Building Fund.  Last year, the town voted to reduce the fund from $1,200 to $600.  Paul said that if we hope to build an addition to the hall that can be heated with a real kitchen and bathrooms, we should return it to the 2011 level.  The State requires that our Road and Bridge Levy be set at least to .04835% of the taxable market value of our town, to qualify for gas tax refund.  Wilma has a total 2011 Payable Certified Taxable Market Value of $30,013.300.00, so our Road and Bridge Levy has to be a minimum of $14,511.  We set ours at $16,000 last year, and are proposing the same for 2013.  All wages and snowplowing, etc., were left same as 2012.  The voters decide the levies, and we can include the Town Hall addition in the Annual Meeting Agenda.

Township Laptop:  Our computer has been giving trouble, refusing to shut down or boot up, freezing, etc.  Patrice ran the System Care program, but it still costs down time.  Glen said we can get a new laptop for a very low cost, $300 – $400, and we could clean ours up and sell it on Craigslist.  It has only been used for accounting.  No decision or proposal was made.

Tri-State Loggers: Gary said that Tri-State Logging is planning to start work on theDuncan Road.  He said in the past we had instructed the DNR to inform any loggers who get logging permits in our township that they are required to post a $500 escrow bond before they start any work.    The Board instructed Paul to write to the DNR and remind them of this requirement.

Deputy Treasurer:  Patrice requested that her sister Jenn be allowed to sit in on our next board meeting to review all the accounting and check-writing procedures, in case she needs to fill in for Patrice at a meeting.  This is paid at the bookkeeping rate, plus mileage.  Glen said she should probably get a refresher 3 times a year; Patrice said she believes it should be quarterly.  Mike moved that Jenn attend the March regular meeting for training. Gary seconded.  Passed.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims:  Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached).  Bills were presented:

Patrice Winfield (expenses)                        $           25.40

Paul Raymond (expenses)                                       10.00

Dennis Schlomke (culvert)                                   200.00

ECE                                                                        50.97

Pine Co. Courier                                                     16.92

Robert Brewster (2012 Assessments)                           1,518.00

Glen Williamson                                                     33.85

Patrice Winfield                                                    238.70

Paul Raymond                                                     194.36

Frank Rehberger                                                  195.31

Gary Vink                                                            157.57

Mike McCullen                                                        33.97

Mark Pallow                                                        110.39 

Total Bills            $       2,785.44

Garymoved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and to pay all the bills, and to transfer $2,700.00 from savings to checking. Mike seconded.  Approved. Garymoved to adjourn the meeting; Glen seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk



Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by Chairman Glen Williamson followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. In attendance were Supervisor Mike McCullen, Supervisor Gary Vink, Chairperson Glen Williamson, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, and Clerk Toni Williamson. In the audience was Mark Pallow.

Old Business:

Gary got the grader batteries and according to Mark they did not work. Not cold cranking.

Glen heard from Ryberg regarding gravel pile and requested that Ryberg send his response in writing. We have not heard from him as of the meeting. According to Gary he stated that he took the sand and said “I should have asked permission”. Glen stated that the issue was addressed to him in writing and his response should be in writing. Gary will go through books on what was used, but Ryberg did not say how much was taken.

A question was posed by Mike if Mark will still be our main grader. Mark responded that he would.

Supervisors read misc. mail. There was some discussion on request for any claims, there were none. The Seven County Sr. Assoc. wrote asking for donations. There was discussion, but no motion to donate.

Clerk requested funds to purchase stamps for mailings. It was approved by the board.


End of year report by Treasurer and Clerk was reviewed and approved by Supervisors.

The proposed 2012 budget was handed out by the Clerk.

There were questions regarding a pay raise for Election Judges. Question was held and after later discussion, it was decided to keep the rate the same. There was discussion also on the Levy and per Patrice it came to $15,440. It was changed to $16,000.

Building Fund: It was suggested by Mike to keep the amount the same as there is leaking etc. in the Hall.

Fire Fund: Mike suggested we raise it as there is no incentive. It was raised to $4,500 to keep youth interested.

Park Fund: After discussion, it was decided to keep it at $500.

General Fund: No changes.

Mike motioned to leave all other wages the same and accept the others that had changes. It was seconded by Gary, motion passed.

Glen has info on short courses, it was tabled until the next meeting.

Road Report by Gary :

Heller Rd road work done on Jan 15, 2011, Bill was sent to New Dosey Clerk. Gary mentioned that on February 2nd, they only plowed driveways.

Mark spoke with Randy Buerman to do electric garage opener, weather stripping and misc. work. Bid was $1,160. There was discussion that the current doors are hard to open. It was mentioned by Glen that this will wipe out the fund, but that it was reasonable. Gary mentioned it would have to be done at some time. Mike mentioned that the dripping is bad. There is damage from a tornado several years ago. Weather stripping should also be done on all sides and it was noted to have the bid broken down and to get a second bid. Randy can have it done in two weeks.

Glen asked Mark how the plowing/Grader training was going with Frank Rehberger. Mark said that the training is going good and he handled the equipment very well. Mark asked if he was comfortable to have him do it alone if he was not available. Mark said yes and it was suggested that we give him a list of addresses to plow.

Glen gave condolences to Mark Pallow on the passing of his sister.


Mark Pallow Grading and General Labor $509.49

Mike McCullen Supervisor, ½ Day Meeting $76.90

Toni Williamson Meeting, General Bookwork, ½ Day Meeting $177.37

Frank Rehberger Grading and General Labor $155.68

Glen Williamson Chairperson, General Labor, ½ Day Meeting $38.69

Patrice Winfield General Bookwork, ½ Day Meeting, Monthly Meeting $165.11

Gary Vink General Labor, ½ day Meeting $76.43

Pine County Courier Notice $22.56

ECE Electrical Service $52.88

Toni Williamson Postage Stamps $44.00

Bob Brewster Special Assessment $1,518.00

Evergreen Notice $28.00

TOTAL $1,704.13

Motion made seconded and passed to transfer $1,700.00 to pay bills.

Mike motioned for adjournment seconded by Gary and passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm.

Toni Williamson
Deputy Clerk, Wilma Township
Phone: 320-245-5194