WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

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, Pat Story, and Grader Operator Alden Shute.

Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the February board meeting. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden said there was little road work as no snow. He did check on some machinery on Lost River Road to make sure they were not damaging the road.

OLD BUSINESS: Relationship between Wilma and Ogema Township and the Contract with DVFD, Inc. Ogema Township and the Lake Lena Band have proposed a contract with the Duxbury VFD for $1,500 from Ogema and the Band. They will make a decision at their annual meeting March 10.

Presidential Primary 2020: Presidential Primary Election was yesterday, March 3, 2020. All expenses will be paid by the county, including judge training and mileage. Paul, Patrice and Stefanie judged and we had 13 voters.

NEW BUSINESS: Tax-forfeited Land Sales in Wilma Township: Two parcels up for sale: 104 landlocked acres in Section 9, and 53 acres in Section 18 running west of Dollar Lake Road. We have 60 days to appeal or the sales will procede. Mike said he joined the board specifically to protect the rights of citizens to public access to public lands, and he opposes any sale of public tax-forfeited lands which will remove them from the public domain and use. Plus the 160 acre parcel is landlocked and this can lead to a complicated and drawn-out process if the purchasers demand a right-of-way easement as they are entitled to do by law. Paul said they must pay all costs and surveys and time involved in getting a cartway or access. Mike moved that the board adopt a resolution opposing the sale of these parcels for the two reasons he stated and that Paul write this resolution up and send it to the land deparment. Gary seconded. Passed.

Wilma Rate for Range Line Road Work: We currently charge Arna and New Dosey $150/hour for any grader work on Heller Drive and the Pete Anderson and Langstrom Roads, but charge Danforth $100/hour for the same work. Alden said he would like to make all our rates uniform and charge all three townships $100/hour for road work. Mike so moved and Gary seconded, Passed.

March, 10, 2020 Township Election: Affidavits of Candidacy were filed by Gary and Paul. Patrice, Stephanie Rahn and Pat Story will judge. Polls open from 5 to 8 p.m.

Annual Town Meeting: Following the Board of Canvass after the election Tuesday, March 10. Kris Sundberg from Essentia and North Pine Area Hospital District will speak on the advantages of Wilma joining the NAPHD. Mike made a motion that if the MAT attorneys say that it is legal that the vote on whether or not for Wilma Township to join the North Pine Area Hospital District can be a closed ballot vote, that it be decided that way. Gary seconded. Paul will contact the attorneys and will print out a ballot with the question. Pat wanted to speak about the contract that NAPHD has with the hospital according to their financial director Bill Olsen. Mike said he would have an opportunity to speak the night of the meeting.

Proposed 2020 Wages and Levies for 2021: Mike asked that the board do a line item vote on the levies and proposed wages. For Road & Bridge, General, Fire, Park, and General Funds he moved that the levy proposal to the voters stay the same for 2021. Gary seconded each motion. For the meeting rate for Supervisors and Clerk and Treasurer, he moved that the meeting rate stay the same for 2020 as last year. For special reports Mike moved that the Clerk and Treasurer be paid $18/hour, rather than the current $16. Gary seconded. Mike moved that the hourly rate for the Chairman and Supervisors also be increased by $2, to $22.50, and $20 respectively. Gary seconded. Passed. But for judges, Mike moved that the rate remain at $16/ hour since they mostly just sit all day. Gary seconded. Mike moved that the other rates and snowplowing rates remain the same as this year. Gary seconded.

Wilma Septic Administrator: Caleb Anderson is asking the board to make a decision on whether to hire Denny Schlomka to do our septic inspections, with Patrice doing the paperwork, or have the county do it. Patrice said she will have an answer at the annual meeting next week.

Chronic Wasting Disease Town Hall Meeting: The Minnesota Board of Animal Health set a public meeting date of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone. Glen can’t go, but he urged Paul and Garyand Mike to go.

MAT Spring Short Course: Will be Friday, April 3, at the DECC in Duluth. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full agenda, plus new officer training for Stefanie Rahn.

Wilma Board of Review : Monday, 4-13-2020, 1 p.m. at the hall. With Pine County Assessor Lori Houtsma and Wilma Assessor Bob Brewster, to appeal property valuations for 2021 taxes.

MAT Summer Specialized Training: Will be Thursday, June 25, at the DECC in Duluth. No schedule released yet.

Pine County Township Officers’ Meeting: Will be at Hinckley American Legion, Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9 a.m. Full roster of speakers and full agenda.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report and distributed the financial report for 2019. Total bills for March $2,484, and she wants to transfer $2,500 from savings to checking. Gary moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds; Glen seconded. Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:30 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond _________________________________

Attest: Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019

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, Pat Story, and Grader Operator Alden Shute.

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

ROAD REPORT: Carlson Timber Road Work: Alden said that Carlsons ditched the entire west side of the Pete Anderson Road and put down 60 loads of pit-run gravel over the corduroy, to 6 – 8” deep. Alden thinks they’ve put down as much as $12,000 worth of gravel down and labor on these roads. Alden presented his decision to the board to waive the usual $500 per road Escrow requirement for loggers in Wilma Township for Carlson Timber because of the big investment they have made in our roads, Pete Anderson Road and Schmedeke Lane, $12,000 worth of gravel and road improvements. They did this because of their investment in properties on these roads, to make them more attractive and valuable. Alden gave the clerk his record of work on the range line roads with Danforth, New Dosey and Arna townships for billing. He did routine blading on these roads and on all other township roads, plus tree removal on Mayfield Drive and Little Tamarack Lake Road.

Eagle Head Road Culvert: Alden said there is no choice but to build up the road at the culvert on Eagle Head Road since the road is below the water level, even with the culvert draining properly. The Board advised Alden to bring this up at the annual road inspeciton next May so they can make a decision. He said it would be ok until then.

Parking Lot Gravel Project: The Parking lot was repaved in a professional manner with excellent crushed red rock, leveled and packed neatly up-to and against the Town Hall. Duane Glienke will pay for one load to cover his part of the lot.

OLD BUSINESS: Town Hall Stage Project: Pat said we also need to seal off the foundation of the hall so cold air doesn’t flow through the crawspace under the building. He said we can put an insulated wall around the hall foundation.

Supervisors or Board Members Doing Work for the Township: Questions on whether we need a resolution for officers to do work for the township. We do have a resolution on file for Gary, “A Resolution Authorizing Contract with Interested Officer Under Minn. Stat. #471.88 Sub. 5.

Relationship between Wilma Township and the Contract with DVFD, Inc. Duxbury VFD Chief Mike McCullen met with the Board of Supervisors of Ogema Township to negotiate a contract for response services. He also had a contract for the Mille Lacs Lake Lena Band of Ojibway to sign for medical responses. Our proposal was for $1,000 from Ogema and $2,000 from the tribe; they said they’d agree to $1,500 for both. There will be further meetings.

Township Legal Seminar: Our attorneys Couri and Ruppe offered a free legal seminar September 7 in Rutledge. Mike and Alden attended and brought books back for the board. Both said it was valuable training. Alden was concerned with annexation; Glen said the township association is continually fighting this at the L&R meetings with the state legislature.  He asked if the town could get the handbook for traffic signs and maintenance. Paul will get the link from MnDot for Alden and the Board. Topics: Annexation, Township Road authority; working with neighboring townships and county officials; pitfalls in contracts and financing; restrictions on use of township roads; conflicts of interest with township officials.

NEW BUSINESS: Annual MAT Conference: Will be Friday, November 22, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, November 23, 8 – 4 p.m. Verizon Center, Mankato. One night. Glen and Paul are not attending.

Ordinance or Resolution on Companies Burying Cable On Township ROW: Paul said we do have a resolution, “Resolution Setting Right-of-Way Excavation and Obstruction Procedures.”

Propane Pre-buy: The Board authorized ordering 1200 gallons of propane in a prebuy for $1.29/gallon.

Garbage behind Wilma Township Town Hall: A citizen says, “The storage of junk on the north Side of the Town Hall prevented the rock from being installed when the lot was re-graveled.  Are you Proud of your Town Hall appearance? Order a roll-off box and clean out the dump of clutter and junk around the buildings as well as keeping the growth mowed.” Mike said he will haul that old dumpster out to the road with a sign saying “Free” to get rid of it. It is homemade and can’t be dumped by the garbage trucks. The town wants to keep the saw-horses, but everything else can be given away or taken by anyone, including the wheelchair.

Pine County Township Officers’ Meeting: Will be Saturday, October 26 at 9 am at the American Legion in Hinckley. Commissioners’ Meeting: With Township Officers, will be Tuesday, 10/29, 6 pm, at the Courthouse. Paul and Glen want to go.

Wilma Fall Fest: Date set for October 19, pot-luck dinner at 6 p.m. and Procrastinators playing for the evening.

2019-2020 Snowplowing: The deadline for payments to enroll for snowplowing is the first Wednesday in November, Nov. 6, 2019. No change for this season: Standard driveways, $75. Over 700’: $100/season; 1,000 ft. to ½ mile: $175; Over ½ mile, $350. Must have turnaround space. No closed gates. No overhanging trees that can hit the grader. Wilma Township not liable for inadvertent damages while plowing private drives. Paul notified Ackermans to remove overhanging branches on their drive. He got his driveway trimmed and Alden will check all drives before the snows.

Firewise Assistance to Cut Trees: Discussion if the Firewise Program could give the township some assistance in trimming trees. We can ask Linda Gorman. In the past the program has helped the fire department in exchange for them promoting the Firewise Program in the community.

Memorial Garden in Wilma Township: A group wants to purchase some land west of Tamarack Lake for a cemetery/memorial garden for cremation ashes. Better Place Forests is creating America’s first conservation memorial forests. Essentially, customers are able to contribute to the conservation of forestland by purchasing cremation memorial rights to individual trees in a privately owned forest. Each contributor has the exclusive right to rest their ashes, or those of their family, around a living memorial tree. They are located in California but may attend our next board meeting.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report. Total bills for July are $8,498.31 and she wants to transfer $8,500 from savings to checking. Gary moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds; Glen seconded.

Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 8:45 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond ___________________________________

Attest: GlenWilliamson, Chair_______________________________

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDIT & SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WED. FEBRUARY 6, 2019

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDIT & SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WED. FEBRUARY 6, 2019

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 and Grader Operator Alden Shute.

Board of Audit for 2018 Books: Paul and Patrice had coordinated and cross-checked their books. The Board reviewed and signed the Schedule 1 and Cost Control Summaries for 2018. Gary moved to approve their books; Mike seconded. Proposed levies for 2020 taxes and wages for 2019 presented to propose to the voters at the Annual Town Meeting. No increases or changes were proposed by the board.

CLERK’S REPORT: Paul read the record of the January Board Meeting. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden has been proactively plowing Tamarack Pine Drive since the school bus has had problems getting up that road to the Pallows. He replaced the cutting edge and after the ice broke he re-graded all township roads. He will do Tamarack Pine Drive before the new snowfall is finished, and then will do all the roads when it stops. Alden did get the new chains but is going to wait to put them on and has been repairing the old ones.

Proposed Road Projects: Paul printed up Alden’s proposed future road projects; Alden said these are not all for 2019 but some are for future years. Mike asked if he could put an estimated cost on the different projects, for culverts and gravel; he said yes.

OLD BUSINESS: District 11 Senate Election: Wilma had a big turnout; 26 voters, evenly split 12-12 between Stu Lourey and Jason Rarick, who won the district. Two votes for the pot candidate. Paul will need three judges for the election to fill Jason’s seat, and possible primary.

NEW BUSINESS: DSL Internet Coming: Centurylink has ditched fiber-optic cable for DSL internet, including past the hall. Discussion on switching from Viasat/Exede to Centurylink. We do not have a phone line, so we would need a line. Glen said we would be paying only $45/month instead of $118 and so our internet fund would last over twice as long. We would pay for the modem and installation, but after that it would be a great savings. Mike had some questions; Glen moved to have Wilma change Viasat with Centurylink for internet; Mike seconded, all aye. Paul will set up the appointment; our address is 61207 Duxbury Road.

Zoning and Permit Questions: Tanner and Christina Ponting at pontingtanner@gmail.comwrote Glen: “I am looking at a 10 acres, parcel number 3201250000. It is right off of Duxbury road. If I purchased this property could I build on it? Over half is wetland. Does your township allow sheds and trailer campers to be on properties? Do I go through township to build drive way, culvert size? We love the area and would like to be apart of it.” Paul wrote her: “Wilma Township has no building permits or zoning restrictions on building within our township.  State and country shoreland ordinances apply, if you’re building on a river or lake, but I know of no wetland restrictions, except difficulty.  We do not offer assistance for private drives or private culverts, but you will be crossing the county right of way on the Duxbury Road, so it might be a good idea to contact the county highway department and let them know of your plans.” Glen spoke with her and gave her the distances for the Shoreland Ordinance, if she is on a creek.

Board of Review and Equalization: County Assessor Lorri L. Houtsma has scheduled it for Monday, April 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m

MAT L & R Meetings: Two days, February 20 and 21 at the Best Western Hotel in St. Paul. Patrice will go and represent Wilma Township. She has already lobbied the legislature and knows many of the officials.

March Township Election: Glen and Patrice are up for re-election. Election and annual meeting is March 12, 2019. Since Toni and Patrice can’t judge, Paul will need to find a third judge; Patrice said to contact Dave Baker.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached to record); Total bills for February $6091.58. She will transfer $6000.00 from savings to checking. She didn’t have the totals during the meeting so Mike moved that she move whatever funds needed to cover the claims; Gary seconded. Gary moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and to transfer the funds. Mike seconded.

Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:00 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond____________________________________

Attest: Glen Williamson, Chair________________________________