WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, OCTOBER 2, 2013
Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present were Supervisor Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Mark Pallow, and Steve Grabau. Paul read the record of the September meeting with the correction that the county took a quarter of a million dollars of timber from the whole county. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.
OLD BUSINESS: Schmedeke Lane Extension Update: We so far have not heard back from any CountyCommissioners or from Cathy Clemmer, only from Greg Beck.
Road Manager Updates: Lost River Road Cul-de-sac: Mark met with Pat Story and they determined that there is room in the cul-de-sac on Lost River Road for two trees, but not three. They have been planted.
Lost River Road Driveway: Leighton Quinn said it is probably Tom Foster who put in the driveway access at the end of Lost River Road, which filled in the drainage ditch and has caused flooding damage on the road. Mark has not been able to reach him so far. Gary moved that Mark be authorized to cut a groove and restore the drainage and repair the road, and we will bill whoever is responsible when we can reach them. Glen seconded.
Mayfield Road DNR Logging Project: Mark said Betheaume Logging has been hauling logs out of Mayfield Road and gave Mark a $500 escrow deposit. Gary said he had issues with them before, and had to barricade a road. Gary said they also damaged Crooked Lake Road. Mark said he will need almost all of the deposit to repair the road, plus $200 from Carlson’s Timber; Betheaume was hauling further west of Carlson’s logging who mostly hauled before the snowmobile trail. Gary inspected it and said the damage could be as much as 2 or 3 thousand dollars. Glen moved that Mark be authorized to repair the road and detail the damages and gravel and grading, and we will bill Betheaume for whatever goes over their deposit. Gary seconded. Paul said he will need a detailed accounting for the companies.
North Duncan Road Project Update: Mark had Duane Glienke put in two culverts, and he had to apply two loads of gravel. He hopes this will satisfy Bill Peno for now, and alleviate the flooding issues on that part of the road.
T&T, Crooked Lake Road: T&T is logging on Crooked Lake Road, as well as up on the Vink Road. We have a deposit from them for the Vink Road, but Gary asked Paul to write to T&T and inform them that we require a $500 deposit for every township road that logging or hauling is done on. Mark spent 3 hours grading and repairing Crooked Lake Road, including routine maintenance. Mark has tried to reach T&T to arrange a joint inspection of the Vink Road, so we can determine if there are any damages, but hasn’t been able to. Paul needs to write to T&T and tell them about our Ordinance and that they need a deposit for every road, and ask them to arrange a meeting with Mark to inspect Vink Road.
Little Tamarack Lake Road: Mark bladed the road but it rained before the road could set, and ruts were caused. Kari Holter has called to complain about the road. The Holters do not live in our township, yet we maintain the part of the road in our township. Glen told Paul to write to OgemaTownship and ask for some financial support to keep this road maintained.
Eagle Head Road: Steve Grabau has a place up at the end of Eagle Head Road. He said he has heard scuttlebutt that the board intends to build up and open Eagle Head Road. Glen said the road was established as a township road at the beginning of the last century, but we now maintain only one-half mile. Glen explained that the township attorneys said that once a road is established as a township road, it remains a public right-of-way even if it is no longer maintained, if it has not been formally vacated. Glen said we are working out the dispute with James Doody over the two gates he has put across the road at his boundaries, but because most of the road is now in swamp, the township cannot afford to build it up further.
NEW BUSINESS: Snowplowing fees: Snowplowing fees for this season are due November 6. Glen asked if we are breaking even with snowplowing, or losing money, charging only $75 and $100 per season. Patrice said some years we only plow once, but last year we had several plows. Glen said we need to address this at the 2014 annual town meeting next March. Paul will post and publish this.
Pine Co. Township Officers’ Association Meeting: Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m., Hinckley American Legion Hall. Glen said it is not practical to car pool.
Mona Drive Escrow: Gary said that Mike Scott has told him the town can use the balance of the Tamarack LLP escrow account to put gravel on and grade Mona Drive. Gary moved that we transfer the $887.50 in the account into the Road and Bridge Fund to finance repairs and gravel for this road. Glen seconded. Gary said Rybergs have 1000 yards of gravel and asked if we want to buy it. Gary said we don’t use the gravel we already got from them, and it is not prime quality, so we should not buy any more.
Town Hall Meeting Preparations: Glen said the hall was cold and dark and full of flies when he opened it tonight. Paul had set off three bug bombs on Tuesday. Glen moved that Gary be authorized to open up and prepare and heat the hall before board meetings, up to an hour if there is a lot of snow to shovel. Since Mike wasn’t present, there could be no vote, but Glen authorized Gary to do this for the next meeting. We will have a clean- up day on the Friday before the Wilma Fall Fest to clean up and prepare the hall.
Crooked Lake Road Billing: Mark asked Paul to bill DanforthTownship for half of 1 ½ hours of grading at $100/hour, $75.
Treasurer’s Report and Bills: Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached) and claims were presented:
Paul (expenses) $ 110.00
Mark (expenses) 11.30
Patrice (expenses) 22.81
US Treasury (3rd Qtr. Taxes) 363.76
Mark Pallow 210.55
Total Bills $ 1, 133.87
Gary moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, to pay all the claims, and to transfer $1,200 from savings to checking. Glen seconded. Gary moved to adjourn the meeting; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk