WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021

WILMA TOWNSHIP  BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021

Chairman Glen Williamson called the Board of Supervisors’ 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 Stan Riley.

            Meeting Record:  Paul read the record of the February 10 board meeting.  Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.

            ROAD REPORT:  Alden didn’t know the cost of diesel when he last bought it. The fire department needs to reimburse the town for 15 gallons of fuel.

            Lost River Road Damage:   Pat Story said he got two flat tires and he thinks the people working on the parcel second drive on the right side are responsible.  Alden and Gary inspected Lost River Road and it was covered in snow but Alden bladed the road to smooth it out.  We will charge the owners when we find out who they are, $150 for special plowing.

            Master Switch Grader:   Alden said the plow is hard to start and he may need to replace the master switch.

            Mowing Township Roads:  He contacted Gary Talkar who does mowing for many towns around here.  He said he thought he could mow all 15 miles of our road for around $700, under $1,000 for sure.  Alden needs a decision by the end of June.

            Escrow Accounts:   Patrice said she is tired of having all these old escrow accounts for road projects that ended years ago.  Discussion on just putting the money into the R&B fund.  Paul said we can’t do that; we need to notify them and return the escrows if there was no road damage.  If there had been, it would have been taken out of them long ago.  He thinks we need to deduct any bookkeeping fees and return the escrows. He will research it and make a report for the board.  Glen asked to read the Ordinance on the 7-Ton Axle Weight Limit on Wilma Roads and our escrow requirements

            OLD BUSINESS:  Legislative & Research Committee Meeting:  Was Wednesday, February 17. Paul attended three sessions and gave a report to the board. He encouraged officers to check out some of the sessions which are now available online. Every officer received a L&R manual. Meetings are virtual Zoom meetings; click this link on MAT Website and scroll down to the L&R Committee Meetings in black and you will find the links in red below: https://mntownships.org/legislative-updates/   General Session; Transportation Committee; Local Government Committee; Legislative panel with Q&A; Government Operations; Environment; Taxes; Annexation. Jane Youngkranz is one of the speakers and had a lot to say about green energy and some of the drawbacks of windmills and lithium batteries.

            NEW BUSINESS:  Annual Town Meeting and Election:    The election for Supervisor and Treasurer and the Annual Town Meeting will be Tuesday, March 9.  Polls open  5 – 8 p.m.  Paul, Gary and Stefanie will judge. Absentee ballot period open until March 9.  Mike and Patrice are up for re-election.

            Garbage Board Increase:   Gary said the Garbage Board is planning to change the charge to only Improved Parcels for garbage pickup, but they will need to increase the rate to $80 per improved parcel.  Paul asked what happens if someone with trailer comes up on weekends and leaves all their garbage for pickup and they didn’t pay anything? Gary will find out.  He said to put this on the agenda for the annual meeting; they want the voters imput.

            Special County Commissioners’ Meeting on Broadband:   David Minke notified Glen of a virtual Commissioner’s meeting on Broadband on February 23, 2021. 65 people attended the meeting. Glen said he didn’t have time to notify any board members.  Glen attended and said there is a new satellite system by Elon Musk called Starlink with many low-orbit satellites giving very fast internet, 100 MB/second. The satellite dish costs $499 and the monthly fee is $99/month. 

            Stan Riley Take-out Business:   New Wilma resident Stan Riley said he and his wife hope to set up a small take-out food business on their property just north of the Duxbury Rd. on Tamarack River Road. He will get a 3.2 beer license and a cigarette license.  Paul gave him the cigarette license to fill out.  He needs to go to the county to get the beer license. Phone 612/412-3973. He asked for the population of Wilma and surrounding towns; Paul will send it to him. Glen wished him success and told him about the Annual Town Meeting next Tuesday.

            Pine County Township Officers’ Meeting:   Will be Saturday, March 27, 9 am at the Community Center in Hinckley.  Wilma is hosting and setting up.

            Board of Appeal for Property Tax Valuation:   Will be Monday, April 12, 1 p.m. At the Wilma Town Hall, Duxbury.  To appeal assessment for 2022 taxes. Mike will be gone working so Gary and Glen will have to be here.  Glen has been certified, and Gary thinks he may still be also.

            MAT Spring Short Course:  Changed to online only.  Register at MAT Website https://mntownships.org/training-events/#1515186337595-edfed443-c96d   All Free:  Supervisors Day 1, March 23, 9:am – 1 p.m.  9 a.m. ‘Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net;’  10 a.m.: ‘Weed Inspections & Noxious Weed Law;’ 11 a.m.: ‘Understanding Your Fire Department;’  12 p.m.: ‘The Danger of Nature: Town Powers and Obligations with Noxious Weeds and Destructive Animals.’  Clerks & Treasurers Day 1  Thursday March 25: 10:00am: ‘May – What a Typical Month in Clerking Looks Like?’  11:00am: ‘Treasurer 101—Now that I am a treasurer what do I do?’ 1 2:00pm: ‘Junk Drawer of Questions & Technology Options.’  (Repeated April 1)    All Officers Training, Tuesday, March 30: 11:00am: ‘Special Meetings;’ 12:00 pm: ‘We Would be Negligent to Not Explain It: Personal Injury Claims Against the Town.’

             Treasurer’s Report and Claims:   Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached). Total bills for March, $1,134.86, for a transfer of $1,100.  Gary moved to approve her report and to make the transfer.  Glen seconded; passed.

 Report by Paul Raymond _________________________________

Attest:  Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDIT & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021

WILMA TOWNSHIP  BOARD OF AUDIT & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021

          Chairman Glen Williamson called the Board of Audit 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, Grader Operator Alden Shute, Kim Felton and Cindy Kleinschmidt.

             Board of Audit for 2020 Books:   Paul and Patrice had coordinated and cross-checked their books.  Board reviewed their Schedules for FY 2020. Mike moved to approve the two sets of books; Gary seconded; passed.  The Board all signed Schedules 1 and Cash Control Summaries for 2020.  Paul presented the proposed levies for 2022 taxes and wages for 2021 for any changes by the Board.  No increases were proposed. Gary moved to adjourn the Board of Audit; Mike seconded.

            Glen called the February, 2021 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting to order.

            Meeting Record:  Paul read the record of the January 6 board meeting.  Mike moved to approve; Gary seconded.

            ROAD REPORT:  Alden plowed  once since January. He got the grader wing repaired with Gary’s help, but then the boom pulley pin broke so the wing went out.  He got the part delivered, so he will be fixing it.  

            Alden said the fire department took diesel without writing it down.  Mike said he took 15 gallons and he was going to tell Patrice at the meeting tonight; the fuel was for Kim’s tractor which was needed because of the solid frozen ice drift in front of the fire hall so the trucks could not get out. Mike will have Patrice pay it to the town; Alden said it is $5/gallon.

            NEW BUSINESS:  Annual Town Meeting and Election:   Our regular March board meeting will be Wednesday, March  3.  The election for Supervisor and Treasurer and the Annual Town Meeting will be Tuesday, March 9.  Polls open  5 – 8 p.m.  Paul, Gary and Stefanie will judge. Absentee ballot period open February 5 to March 9.  Glen and Patrice up for re-election.

            Legislative & Research Committee Meeting:  Will be online this year, on Wednesday, February 17. Last year the board sent Patrice to the L&R meeting at the capitol, since she knew so many state officials.  “All town officers are welcome; registration is required: http://bit.ly/LRSpring2021 . There is no cost to attend this event. February 2021 Legislative & Research Committee meetings will be held via virtual Zoom meetings, instead of at the State Capitol.” Some sessions are not relevant to our town. Glen moved that any interested officers be allowed to attend relevant sessions; Mike seconded.

Schedule:

10:15: Transportation Committee legislative panel with Q&A.

10:45: Local Government Committee legislative panel with Q&A

1:00: Transportation subcommittee meeting

1:00: Government Operations subcommittee meeting

2:00: Environment subcommittee meeting

2:00: Taxes subcommittee meeting

2:00: Annexation subcommittee meeting

            Paul asked if we could set a flat hourly rate for all board members for attending Zoom meetings; right now we are paid at our own rate, so some get $18/hour and others $20-22.50.  Mike moved that all officers be paid $20/hour for internet and Zoom meetings and trainings.  Gary seconded.  Passed.

            Pine County Township Officers’ Meeting:   Will be Saturday, March 27, 9 am at the Community Center in Hinckley.  Wilma is hosting and setting up.

            Board of Appeal for Property Tax Valuation:   Will be Monday, April 12, 1 p.m. At the Wilma Town Hall, Duxbury.  To appeal assessment for 2022 taxes. Mike said he will be gone working so Gary and Glen will have to be here.  Glen has been certified, and Gary thinks he may still be also.

            MAT Spring Short Course:  Will be live, on Friday, April 2, at the DECC in Duluth.  No posting yet on schedule or times.   Patrice said the only training that she has found very helpful are the shortcourses.  Paul said we can carpool when we know more about it.

             Treasurer’s Report and Claims:   Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached). Total bills for February $3,589.87, for a transfer of $3,500.  Gary moved to approve her report and to make the transfer.  Mike seconded; passed.

 Report by Paul Raymond _________________________________

Attest:  Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________