WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 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, and Grader Operator Alden Shute.

Safe Meeting Standards: Glen and Paul explained safe standards for an in-person meeting, including everyone being responsible for washing their own hands; no hand-shaking; hand-sanitizer and paper towels provided; spacing out (two tables for the supervisors, and separate tables for the public); covering mouths when we cough or sneeze.

Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the March and April board meetings. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded. Glen signed the last several approved meeting records.

ROAD REPORT: Alden did routine blading on almost every township road. He did ditching on Eagle Head Road and had to fix a washed-out culvert on Pete Anderson Road, the first culvert. It needs to be replaced and Alden will contact Summerland. Paul will bill New Dosey and Arna and Danforth.

Road Construction Projects for 2020: Alden would like to apply gravel to Mona Drive and Lost River Road. River Cabin Road has a bad spot just past Jim Otto’s; it needs rock and gravel like Little Tamarack Lake Drive did. He wants to brush every township road this summer, and then we can see if it will last three years or can go for five. Mayfield Road needs pit run in the future, but not now, for muddy spots.

Diesel Fuel: Alden said some diesel fuel is missing and not recorded and the tank is empty. Mike said it was a late night fire and he filled Big Red, about 33 gallons; the fire department will pay the town.

Road Inspection: Board set the date and logistics for the spring road inspection, Monday, May 18, meet at Duxbury Store at 10 a.m. Alden will borrow Paul’s measuring wheel and flag all the bad spots before the inspection. Glen was hesitant to carpool. Paul asked how we can have a meeting if we’re all in separate cars? Glen always keeps track of the mileage where the board says we need to do work. If we’re in separate cars, how will we know when to stop? Glen said he would drive but he wants everyone to wear a mask. Mike said if we do all drive separately it won’t be that big of an expense.

OLD BUSINESS: Tax-forfeited Land Sales in Wilma Township: The board passed a resolution opposing any sales of county land in Wilma Township and affirming that the public’s right to use these lands not be impeded or restricted but protected and we sent it to Greg Beck and to all the County Commissioners. Greg Beck sent the county’s response and said one parcel was already approved in 2014 and the Dollar Lake parcel is pending, and that there are still 1,288 acres of Memorial Forest in Wilma Township they don’t intend to sell.

NEW BUSINESS: Wilma Septic Administrator: Paul got a call from someone on Dollar Lake Road who have septic but want to enlarge their tank. Paul told them to call Denny Schlomka and Patrice; she said no one called her.

Filing Period for November 3, 2020 Election: Kelly Schroeder sent filing notice for all offices to be voted on 11/2/2020: From 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 until 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2020, including our District 3 County Commissioner. May file by mail to Pine County Courthouse until courthouse re-opens.

Mandatory Judge Training for 2020 Elections: Head Judge/Clerk, Monday, June 29, 9-11 a.m., Sandstone. Regular Judge Training: Monday, July 27, 2-4 p.m., North Pine Government Center, Sandstone.

On/Off Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License: The board could not yet certify that Gary paid $100 for 2020 3.2 Beer License until he gets the business name cleared up with the state and county. It now reads Gary Vink, DBA The Duxbury Store. Gary said it’s not due until July.

MAT leaders and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Teleconference call with Township Officers: Next Wednesday, May 13 from 4:30 to 5:00 PM. (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 742-048-701. Discussion on whether board members can be paid if they participate and how much. Mike moved that no one be paid. Gary seconded; passed. Everyone is free to send questions and listen in if they want. No one is allowed to speak but the Governor and MAT officials.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report. Total bills for May $2,608, and she wants to transfer $2,600 from savings to checking. Gary moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds; Glen seconded. Patrice updated the total bills last month, $3,233. Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond _________________________________

Attest: Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 13, 2020

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 13, 2020

Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm by telephone conference call with the Pledge of Allegiance. County Assessor Lorri Houtsma and Wilma Assessor Bob Brewster attended, plus Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen and Clerk Paul Raymond.

Meeting Record of 2019 Board: Gary moved to waive the reading of the record of last year’s Board of Equalization. Mike seconded. Paul protested.

There were no appeals. Since the meeting had to last at least ½ hour, Glen moved to rescind the motion to waive the reading of the record and the clerk read it. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded. If the record is not read, it cannot be approved and signed by the Chair.

How Values are Determined: Lori explained that estimated market values are based on a sales study of qualifying sales; the assessor has to set values at 90% – 105% of sales in the previous year, October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. The assessment records are stored at the assessor’s office in the courthouse. Qualifying Sales have a CRD, Certificate of Deed filed with the Auditor who gives it to the Assessor. Excluded sales are family sales, forced foreclosures, and token sales. The increase in EMV for the 33 townships in Pine County is set by the sales in each township the previous year and a half ago, and must be set between 90 – 105%. Ours was 90.7%, which is low. Lori increased it to 93.3%, a 3.18% increase. Wilma had two sales last year, a cabin and 5 acres on Crooked Lake Road by Randy Schultz to a Mr. Evans, and a cabin and 48 acres on Duxbury Road by Tim McCullen’s, Shane Piro to Edwin Lindbloom. The Crooked Lake property sold for $30,000 over Bob’s estimated value.

Gary Vink, Parcel R32:1041, the Farm: Gary said put the land under the county 2C forest plan, and his taxes went down $698 and reduce Gary’s taxes by 35%, from $2,270 to $1,578. The number to contact the forester to get a managed Forest Management Plan 2C is Paul Swanson at 320-216-4245.

Schmedeke Land Sales: Bob said to prepare for some major sales off of Schmedeke Lane and Pete Anderson Road. Two sales last year, both for $20,000 – $30,0000 over his appraised value. He expects 6 more sales this year. Lori said sales all over the county were very strong right up until the pandemic, and she doesn’t know what will happen now.

Homestead Claim on Duxury Road: Vanderbergs have 40 acres and a pole shed building and claimed homestead status. They do have an active mailbox. Bob and Lori said they use several criteria to determine if a property is true homestead, including drivers’ licenses, voting registrations, electric bills, etc. Bob will keep investigating.

Gary moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 1:36 p.m.

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Paul Raymond, Clerk

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Attested to: Glen Williamson, Chair

WILMA TOWNSHIP PINE COUNTY STATE OF MINNESOTA RESOLUTION NO. 2020

WILMA TOWNSHIP
PINE COUNTY
STATE OF MINNESOTA
RESOLUTION NO. 2020

RESOLUTION OPPOSING PINE COUNTY SELLING TAX-FORFIETED LANDS IN WILMA TOWNSHIP

WHEREAS, The board of Supervisors of Wilma Township has held the position that public lands and rights-of-way, whether state forests, old township roads, or county tax-forfeited lands should remain in the public domain for the recreational use of all citizens, and

WHEREAS, The Pine County Land Department has asked for our feedback on the proposed sale of two parcels in Wilma Township, one of 104 land-locked acres in Section 9 and the other 53 acres on the west side of Dollar Lake Road, and

WHEREAS, Both of these parcels have been used by Wilma Township residents for hunting, and selling them to private parties would end all public access and use, and

WHEREAS, persons who buy a land-locked parcel will likely need to involve the township in time-consuming efforts for them to obtain an easement or cartway into their land, with issues of eminent domain and surveys and petitions and citizens being forced to provide easements through their own parcels,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF WILMA, PINE COUNTY, MINNESOTA that the Township of Wilma opposes any sales of county land in Wilma Township and affirms that the public’s right to use these lands not be impeded or restricted but protected.

Passed this 4th day of March, 2020.

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Glen Williamson, Chairman

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Attested to by Paul Raymond, Clerk