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Board of Audit for the Township of Wilma, Pine County, Minnesota



Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present Supervisor Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Grader Operator Alden Shute, and Pat Story.

BOARD OF AUDIT: Gary and Glen reviewed and compared the Treasurer’s and the Clerk’s books. Gary moved to approve the books; Glen seconded. They signed the forms.

Paul read the record of the January board meeting. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden said he plowed all roads and private drives who signed up, twice lately, most recently today. There are some problems with the grader. He fixed the wing bracket but it broke again and he will have it welded. The blade needs cutting edges before road grading starts; he can have it done for less than $100. He asked if we could get an air compressor. The fire department has one, stored now at Eagle Head where it is not needed. Gary can get it and bring it over, or Mike.

OLD BUSINESS: Township Records: Mike said in December that he found a fire-proof safe at Sams. Mike absent; no update. Paul wants to put the records in as soon as we get the safe.

Pete Anderson Road Bridge: Mike Goetz had requested that the township repair the bridge at the two mile mark of the range-line road. We informed him that both Arna and Wilma only claim 1¾ miles of the road, and the remaining ¼ mile is still public right-of-way since neither town vacated that part, but we will not maintain it. Mike Goetz did some bridge repairs and then got a letter from Daniel Lodge demanding that the bridge be removed. We have a letter in to Township Attorney Kent Sulem, asking if Goetz is in his rights as a citizen to repair the existing bridge over McDermott Creek since it is a public right-of-way and there was an existing bridge. No response yet.

NEW BUSINESS: Pine County Board of Commissioners Special Local Government Meeting: The Commissioners held a special meeting for township officers on the rural narrative, ramifications of the Office of Economic Development & Pine County, and recent initiatives, and updates on local initiatives. Glen and Paul attended last Wednesday, January 25, at the courthouse. Glen gave a report. One thing that impressed him is that only 53% of money coming into the county is from employed people. The rest is Social Security and other entitlements. Also, that rural areas are not really losing people, except for college-age youths. Some areas are reclassified as urban, but have the same population. Many younger families and older people are moving into rural areas. There were sessions on the new Pine County Comprehensive Plan, including the proposals for county-wide zoning. Several townships with zoning say they are paying huge costs in legal fees from suing and being sued. If there were county-wide zoning, the county would enforce the ordinances. Glen said only three townships in Pine County have no zoning, Wilma, Fleming and Bruno. Pat said county-wide zoning can be a mess. One of the reasons they chose to move to Wilma is because we have no zoning. Discussion of the increase in county levies. Steve Chafee said one reason the county needs more money is they are not boarding out-of-county prisoners at the jail, since it is full of Pine County offenders due to the new sheriff and attorney arresting and prosecuting more crimes. There will be further hearings on the comprehensive plan and when they do draft a zoning ordinance.

March Township Election: Gary and Patrice are up for re-election, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and both filed. . Reminder that March Town Board Meeting changed to March 8, one week later. Paul will post this. Paul, Toni and Jeff or Jeanne GrandPre will judge. Patrice is judging at New Dosey.

Annual Meeting Levies Budget and Agenda: Proposed budget distributed, and payroll comparison chart for the three neighboring townships. Wilma’s board is paid significantly less than either New Dosey or Arna. Glen moved to increase wages for 2017: Chairman, to $105/meeting; Supervisors $100/meeting. Clerk and Treasurer, $100/meeting; Special reports, $16/hour; Election Judges, $16/hour. General Labor, $16/hour; Grader Operator, $20/hour. These rates are still below New Dosey, who pays their chair and clerk $125/meeting and judging and reports at $20/hour. No increases in levies will be proposed for 2018. Payroll increases will be proposed to the citizens at the annual Town Meeting March 14th, but only the board can ultimately approve any payroll increases or changes at the Board of Reorganization.

Four groups are asking for support from the township, OSAC, Seven County Senior Federation, the Pine County History Museum, and a new one, Family Pathways. Gary said Pathways just had a telethon and raised a lot of money, plus the Wanderers gave them $300. Alden said we’d voted to budget $300 for all extra groups, and if we add more, it needs to come out of the $300.

Glen moved to keep our snowplowing rates the same for 2017 as last year. Gary seconded.

Gary said the Tri-townhip Disposal District wants to increase annual rates from $30 to $36, where it used to be. Gary said they want feedback from the citizens at the Annual Meeting.

ECRDC Meeting: Glen said that as a member of the of the East Central Regional Development Committee Business Loan Board he will help determine who gets revolving business loans. He has access to a lot of groups and businesses offering grants, and would like to take a grant-writing class. Pat said he’s taken several, and you have to know what you’re getting into. Glen would like to apply for grants to insulate and heat our hall so we can have indoor plumbing and for our outhouse to get heat and plumbing. Pat said the narrative is most important when you present a grant proposal. Pat is willing to work with Glen on applying for grants.

Lost River Road: Pat asked that the board allocate some funds to build up and repair the Lost River Road. He says the class 5 applied had a lot of clay and the clay is coming to the surface and making it very slippery. He asked if the town could put aggregate rock on the surface instead of class 5. We have never used aggregate rock except on the fire hall drive way and Gary said it’s difficult to grade, plus is is very expensive. Alden suggested putting screened sand down on the road and then class 5 over the sand. Glen urged Pat to attend the road inspection in May. It will be on line and we can call him.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave he treasurer’s report. Total bills for January were $5,261.66, and she transferred $4,200. For February, they are$3,206.44 and because of some direct withdrawals, like for dental and the satellite, she transferred $3,400. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.

Gary moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:15 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk _____________________________

Attested to by Glen Williamson, Chair____________________________


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