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Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at the Duxbury Store at 10 a.m. Also present were Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Mark Pallow and Assistant Road Grader Alden Shute.

Pit Run Gravel: Mike said Doug Wiita and Todd Elliot in Markville have the best source for pit-run gravel, and Alden or Mark should contact them for our pit-run. Alden will work with Hopkins for class 5 gravel.

EAGLE HEAD ROAD: Jason Palme, Danforth Supervisor, joined us for the Range Line Roads. The culvert ½ mile in is very short and needs to be extended or replaced with larger culvert some time in the future, not this year. The road needs 4 – 5 loads of pit-run at the beginning, and 2 loads of class 5. The culvert at the end needs to be replaced with a 30′ x 16” culvert, plus gravel; 2 loads pit-run at the end. Routine blading.

CROOKED LAKE ROAD: (3 loads Class 5) Routine blading. 1-2 loads class 5 at the beginning on frost boil. Area where the ditch was repaired has frost boils, 1 load. At the soft spot over the first hill 1 load. Discussion on Eric Ternes gate at end of Crooked Lake road entering old Mayfield Drive; did not check the lock. Road needs routine blading and building up from sides.

VINK ROAD: Two loads of class 5 at the start, at the culvert. Two loads pit-run at end of road for turnaround. Routine blading.

DOLLAR LAKE ROAD: (no gravel) Ditch the landing, and routine blading.

HELLER DRIVE: (1 load class 5) One load on the second (new) culvert. Regular blading.

MC CULLEN DRIVE: No gravel. Knock down berm where grader went off side of road. Routine blading. Mike told Alden or Mark to grade all the way to the end of the road at Zanoskos’. One load of pit-run gravel at the end for a turnaround.

TAMARACK PINE DRIVE: Regular blading. Mark says it needs a load of class-5 at the hill where rocks are being torn up.

PETE ANDERSON ROAD: (Wilma’s year. 8 loads: 4 pit-run, 6 class-5) One load class 5 at 57891 Pete Anderson Road. Three loads 58157, where the road is soft. Two loads pit run and 2 loads class 5 after that. Mike said Alden should prep all the roads that get gravel before it’s put down. Two loads pit run at end of road.

LANGSTROM LANE: (Wilma’s year; 2 loads class-5; two pit-run) Blade past Dennis’ driveway. Two loads class 5 at top of first hill. Alden to flag where the gravel goes. Dump two loads of pit run at the end of both range-line roads.

SCHMEDEKE LANE AND EXTENSION: Trim tree. (4 loads pit-run; 2 loads class-5). Two loads of pit-run at the end for turnaround. Two loads pit run where the extension starts on east side of road to make road straighter. Two loads class 5 on the hill on the extension. Marking stakes must be removed for grader; notify Eldon to remove them, or he can let us do it. Routine blading on Schmedeke Lane. Paul will contact Commissioner Steve Chaffee and Mark LeBrun about their assurances they would get the county to do more for the extension than the $10,000 budget allowed.

SOUTH DUNCAN ROAD: (3 loads class-5; 5 loads pit-run; 8 loads total) Two loads on top of the new culvert at the wet spot. Two loads pit-run where water is on the road. South of 56805 two loads class 5. One load pit run south of the wet spot. (We didn’t get mile markers).

NORTH DUNCAN ROAD: At the beaver pond the water is higher on the east side. Ditch on east side where wet. Have Hopkins use the backhoe to ditch road, at the same time they’re putting the culvert in at Eagle Head Road. Two loads class-5 at 56805 and two loads south of 56805. Two loads at 57073 where road curves to the east. Pull it back in and straighten it. The culvert past 57073 needs 1 load class-5. At end of Peno’s 6 loads pit-run spread out.

FUST LANE: Routine blading. No gravel.

LITTLE TAMARACK LAKE ROAD: One load class 5 at the landing. A hole before the eroded spot needs 1 load class-5 gravel. Stretch of road on lake side eroded due to waves and is caving into the lake. Gary cautioned to get permission before doing any work on a lake to avoid fines and penalties. Glen told Paul to contact the MAT Attorneys to see what our rights are to build up and repair roads on waterways that have eroded or are washing away, before we contact Soil and Water or the DNR. One load class-5 at the flag by Ludwig’s.

SHORT ROAD: (no gravel) Routine blading. DNR fire pit found on right-of-way and moved off the road. Mike said he’d notify the DNR.

LOST RIVER ROAD: (no gravel) Just routine maintenance.

RIVER CABIN ROAD: Routine blading.

MONA DRIVE: (no gravel) Routine blading.

KENNY PETERSON ROAD: Routine blading.

MAYFIELD ROAD: (3 loads class 5) 1 load class-five gravel at swamp. 1 load over the new culvert. 1 load after the culvert. Glen suggested we get a brush cutter to cut a trail on Wilma’s right-of-way which extends all the way to Crooked Lake Road, to retain our road-rights to the right-of-way. Mike said a bulldozer could do it in hours. Paul said the MAT attorneys said that Wilma retains the right-of-way of any recorded roads, even if no maintenance is done; he will get the info for Glen. Gary said brushing or dozing it is a waste of taxpayer money.

MINK FARM ROAD: (3 loads class-5) 1 – 2 loads class-five over culvert. One load class-5 at top of first hill.

Meeting adjourned at 3:30, no lunch break; 5 ½ hours.

Paul Raymond, Clerk_______________________________

Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________



Supervisor Mike McCullen called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Duxbury
Store. Also present, Supervisor Gary Vink, Chairman Glen Williamson, Road Manager Mark Pallow, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Danforth Township Supervisor Jason Palme.

CROOKED LAKE ROAD: Jason said a chronic problem is the culverts on Crooked Lake Road freeze in the winter time, causing any melt or runoff to go over the roads. Gary said that is an unavoidable issue when you have water in the culverts at below zero temperatures.
¼ mile down, past Bob’s driveway: Supervisors recommend 1 load gravel. The culvert at this point, right past the ditch repair area, freezes over and the end of the culvert on the west side is not visible. Supervisors agreed that someday this may require a new culvert, and flooding here should be monitored.
Crooked Lake landing: frozen culvert; no action.
One mile, by Jason’s property: County Surveyor cut into road and did not restore it to original condition, at 52979 Crooked Lake Rd. Supervisors recommend 1 load gravel to restore road.
One ½ mile down: More Surveyor damage. Paul can write to highway dept. and notify them of damage and ask if we can be reimbursed, if he has the receipts and documents to show the remedy.
End of Road: Landowner Eric Ternes gated the entrance to Mayfield Road, but did not lock the gate. Loggers (T&T) have left a huge pile of debris, much of it in the Mayfield Road right-of-way. Supervisors said to notify Eric Ternes and T&T to remove the debris, or to deduct the damage from their escrow account. Paul needs the receipts and records to document deductions. We have $1,900 in T&T’s escrow.

T&T: $1,933.25
Carlson Timber 500.00
Wermerskirchen 500.00
Berthiaume Logging 500.00
Midwest Hardwoods 500.00

EAGLE HEAD ROAD: Tree across road @ 55902 Eagle Head Rd. Culvert at end of the road has water, may need new culvert someday. Supervisors recommend monitoring.

DOLLAR LAKE ROAD: Supervisors recommend load of gravel at end for turnaround.

VINK ROAD: Supervisors recommend two load of gravel at the end of Vink Road, to be deducted from T&T logging, and two loads at the beginning of the road. Mark said T&T did inspect the road with him before their logging activity, but did not inspect it with him afterwards. Supervisors directed Paul to write a form letter of our road policy to send to all loggers, specifying that they need to arrange an inspection meeting with the Wilma Road Manager before logging/hauling activities and also afterwards, or their escrow may be forfeited. Paul needs documentation of when T&T did the logging and receipts and records of gravel and repairs.
Water over road at entrance. The culvert is crushed or collapsed. Glen said we should have a road map showing all our culverts. 1/2 mile up road, after Tim McCullen’s property line, Supervisors recommend one load pit-run and 3 loads of Class 5, to be documented and deducted from T&T’s escrow account. By Smith’s, road needs ditching, on east side of Smith’s driveway, plus one load gravel.
There are concrete barricades and a gate at northwest end of the road. Gary asked Paul to write Greg Beck and tell him that the road is barricaded and that the county will not have access to their land because of the barricades, if they want to sell land west of there. The maps of the proposed sale show an expected easement from the end of Vink Road directly west to the County’s land.

VINK ROAD TOTALS: 8 loads gravel, four in the middle, two at the beginning and two loads at the end. T&T to be charged for 6 loads, township for two. Road Manager is to use his discretion on final gravel and repairs needed.

LANGSTROM ROAD: Eldon Schmedeke joined the road inspection for the range-line roads and for Schmedeke Lane. 2014 is Wilma’s maintenance year for Langstrom Road. Town will put the annual two loads of gravel at the end of Langstrom Road and Pete Anderson Road. Any tree removal will be up to the Erickson’s and Dennis Schmedeke. Duane Glienke is willing to remove trees on right of way, but ownership and disposal of the timber will need to be negotiated between them. Eldon said the board should tell the County that any time they authorize logging on a township road, that they should cut the trees to a full 66′ right-of-way on the roads.

PETE ANDERSON ROAD: Markville has trimmed brush along the road all the way up; road looks very good. Routine blading. Fallen tree in right of way ½ mile up. Culvert at 57891 Pete Anderson Rd. is too high, and is under water. Supervisors recommend one load gravel on both sides of the address sign. At 58502 need 1 load Class 5 gravel to fill a hole in the road at the Brown cabin. There is a culvert at the driveway access into Eldon’s land the town damaged and replaced with a 12-15′ culvert, but Eldon said it should be 30′. Eldon said he put gravel on this culvert.

SCHMEDEKE LANE: Eldon said this road has been an issue for 40 years. He feels he is being asked to pay for land he already owned. He said the extension as built is not according to code, and he feels that the Board is working with Auditor Cathy Clemmer and Commissioner Steve Chaffee without consulting him. Eldon said if he buys the strip of land bordering Schmedeke Lane he wants a clear title with no strings attached, but he wants the road to be built to the full width, 66′. Eldon said that at the entrance to Schmedeke Lane the county culvert is too narrow and no semi truck can enter the road. Eldon said there has never been gravel applied to Schmedeke Lane, but it should have Class 5 gravel applied the whole length. The Board recommends 3 loads of Class 5 gravel to be applied to the existing Schmedeke Lane. Greg Beck and Steve Chaffee will be attending our June 4 Board Meeting, and the Board encouraged Eldon to attend to address the road and land issues directly. He said he’s done talking to the Commissioners. For now, there will be no action taken on building up the Schmedeke Lane Extension until the impasse between the County and Eldon is resolved, and for now, it will remain a County logging road. The County is holding $10,000 for the township for gravel and repairs, pending the resolution. Mike said we could build a pretty good road for that, and then the township would take over ownership of the road.

NORTH DUNCAN ROAD: Board recommends two loads gravel at the beginning of the road. 1.4 mile up road, culvert has collapsed and there is a hole in the road. It needs a 24” 30 foot culvert, and whatever gravel is needed to fill in road, right past 57553 N. Duncan. At 1.6 mile the gravel ends, and Board recommends putting 2 loads of gravel at the end of the graveled part of the road every year.

SOUTH DUNCAN ROAD: 1/2 mile down road, clay has run down the hill where loggers cut into the hill, washing into and filling the ditch and washing out the road. Needs a ditch cut, if Mark can cut it with the grader. Board feels that the County should have the loggers repair the damages when they fill in ditches. Board will bring this up at our June meeting with Greg Beck. Gary said Mike Weidendorf did the damage.
¾ mile down road, S. Duncan is flooded. Ditch is filled in with runoff. Gary said we ditched it but T&T filled it in again. Board recommended Mark re-ditch the road after it is dry, and apply 10 loads gravel on rutted and damaged area.
Toni Williamson came to bring Mike’s truck to pull Mark’s truck out of the mud in the road; Mike moved that she be paid for one hour labor for her time and work. Gary seconded. Glen abstained.

HELLER DRIVE: Board recommends gravel over the culverts; one load on 2nd culvert 1/3 mile in, plus 3 more after. Paul should notify New Dosey to get their approval.

MC CULLEN DRIVE: Routine blading.

MAYFIELD ROAD: Culvert is plugged and water is washing over and eroding the road. The culvert needs to be inspected to see if it’s compromised when the water level drops, and if it’s just plugged, the Fire Dept. can blow out the culvert when the levels drop. The culvert is cut open and needs to be replaced. For now, 1 load pit-run gravel over culvert. Gary said the damage is from Betheume and T&T logging. One mile in, need 30′ 18” culvert, put in deep enough to drain the water. The second culvert in is buried too high and is exposed. The area around it was rip-rapped with stones, but is still eroded. Board recommends more rip-rap by the rocks and one load pit-run to fill it in and one load Class 5 over it. Split one load to fill both holes. Any digging or replacing culvert needs to have a utility locate done before any cutting because there are electric lines buried under the road before the private drive. Total gravel, 2 loads each of pit run and Class 5 for the road.

LITTLE TAMARACK LAKE ROAD: ½ mile in, at curve is under water, at the low spot and the edge of the lake before the cabin’s driveway. Needs one load gravel. Also one load before the boat landing, two loads total.

SHORT ROAD: Routine blading/maintenance.

LOST RIVER ROAD: Routine blading/maintenance. Driveway ditching inspected, that Pat Storey did. Looks adequate.

RIVER CABIN ROAD: Routine blading.

MONA DRIVE: Routine blading.

KENNY PETERSON ROAD: Routine blading.

Glen moved to adjourn meeting; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m., 7.5 hours.

Paul Raymond, Clerk
attested to by: Glen Williamson, Chairman