Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at the Duxbury Store at 12:10 p.m. Also present were Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Road Manager Alden Shute, Clerk Paul Raymond, and for portions of the inspection, Danforth Supervisor Jason Palme.

CROOKED LAKE ROAD: Jason Palme, Danforth Supervisor, joined us for Crooked Lake and Eagle Head Roads. This road got a lot of work and attention last year after Danforth agreed to let us spend up to $20,000 ($10,000 each) on the Range Line Road. One/tenth mile in is a soft spot that needs 1 load gravel. Landing Culvert: ½ mile in; This culvert freezes in the winter and water goes over the culvert and road and culvert may need to be eventually replaced with a larger culvert, but not this year. Last year we used black matting fabric and then pit run and then class 5 to keep culverts from sinking and to raise the low spots, and also experimented with red-rock crushed gravel. It held up very well and the board wants to use more of it, depending on the extra cost. The new culvert 1.1 mile down at the bottom of the hill (20” x 30′ culvert and pit run to cover culvert) is holding up very well. At the very end of the road, 1.9 miles down, the east side needs to be ditched for drainage down the hill.

EAGLE HEAD ROAD: There was an abandoned car without plates parked in front of Gary’s cabin. Routine blading. 3/10’s of a mile in there is water over the road. Board said maybe future culvert, not this year. 4/10 of mile in the new culvert is flowing well.

DOLLAR LAKE ROAD: The board last year voted to experiment with red crushed rock 1/10 mile into the road, and it held up very well. Alden hired Lee Hessenias to do it. Glen said we need this in the town hall parking lot. Ronnie Roberts also does red rock. At 2/10 mile need 3 – 4 loads of red rock at the soft section. The Seeleys are living on the lake full time.

VINK ROAD: 8/10 Mile up Alden said there are 2 or 3 big rocks he wants to dig out of the road and then cover with gravel. He won’t do it if they don’t rock with the blade. Routine blading and blade side gravel back on to the road.

MINK FARM ROAD: Routine blading. Ditch the side 2/10 mile up.

MAYFIELD ROAD: Routine blading. This road is 1.5 miles long. At 3/10 mile in we need 3 loads gravel. At curve/corner 3 loads gravel, and 4 – 6 loads 1/10 mile more. At .5 mile 1 -2 loads at wet spot. At 9/10 mile water is over the road even with the culvert. At 1 mile need 2 loads of gravel. At the second culvert at the end of the road we need 2 loads of pit run gravel. We will include this road in our grant application with the State for recreational state forest access improvements, and if we do get a big grant we will build the entire road up 8” more, as well as Little Tamarack Lake Road.

LITTLE TAMARACK LAKE ROAD: Routine blading. One load class five at the the boat landing and the entrance to the landing.

SHORT ROAD: (no gravel) Blade to dig up the grass. Routine blading.

LOST RIVER ROAD: Road is dry and in good shape one day after 3” of rain. Routine blading. Ditches are draining well; no water on road.

RIVER CABIN ROAD: Routine blading. The board agreed to Alden’s proposal to put Class 5 gravel over entire road, approximately 30-35 loads, @ $200 per load, total cost $7,000 – $8,000. The end of the road is in good shape, and the cu-de-sac so won’t need gravel.

MONA DRIVE: Got some gravel last year. Routine blading.

KENNY PETERSON ROAD: Routine blading.

SOUTH DUNCAN ROAD: Four/tenths mile in need a small, 10” or 12”culvert at the low spot. Routine blading and leveling.

FUST LANE: Routine blading.

LANGSTROM LANE: This is Wilma’s year for the Range Line Roads. One load gravel at the beginning of the road.

PETE ANDERSON ROAD: 2019 is Wilma’s year and the road is in bad shape. Pete Anderson was built in a swamp with a corduroy base, and sticks from the corduroy are poking up through the road from start of road. Alden and Mike said if we don’t put down mat/fabric on top of the existing road and then pit-run and gravel to build up the road, it will continue to degrade. Propose to put fabric and gravel the first 1,300 feet of the road. When Alden gets an estimate of the costs we can contact Arna for their approval. We ditched the beginning last year, so it drains well and there was no water over the road after the 3” rainfall. At 1 1/2 mile needs 8” pit run. At Squib Creek the rock and rip-rap Arna put down at the big culvert is holding up. Routine blading otherwise. Leaning tree needs to be cut down.

SCHMEDEKE LANE AND EXTENSION: Extension complete. Need some pit run to top off the extension.

NORTH DUNCAN ROAD: Routine blading. Is the culvert plugged 2/10 mile in? At one half mile in need a 12” culvert to drain the water on both sides of the road. Need 2 – 3 loads of pit run at 6/10 mile up. At 1.3 mile culvert needs to be ditched on the west side. This culvert needs to be replaced this year with a 30′ 24” wide culvert and will need 1 – 2 loads of pit run to cover the culvert.

MC CULLEN DRIVE: Last year we put in new 10” x 30′ culvert to replace the damaged plastic culvert in first part of road. Routine blading. After Quady’s we put 3-4 loads of red rock from Roberts a year ago and it held up. There is a washout in the driveway culvert of Scott Quady and Alden said he’d dig it out with a shovel.

HELLER DRIVE: Regular blading.

TAMARACK PINE DRIVE: Regular blading.

TOWN HALL PARKING LOT: The Board voted to have Alden contact contractors and see how much dirt/mud we need to remove and if we can scrape off our crushed rock and then put down red rock on top of the entire parking lot and driveway. He will also ditch the driveway on the west so it drains better. He may need to move the V-plow. We could sell it since we can’t use it with our grader.

Glen moved to adjourn; Mike seconded; Meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk_______________________________



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, Grader Operator Alden Shute.

APRIL BOARD MEETING: Paul read the record of the April Board meeting. Alden corrected record that he got the tire valve at Glen’s Tire, not Deep Rock. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden said he drove out all the roads. Frost boils are worse this year than he has ever seen. North Duncan Road: The pit run gravel has firmed up. The ditch work is holding up. Crooked Lake Road: The new gravel is holding up well. Little Tamarack Lake Road: Where the frost boil that got gravel was is now better, but another smaller one near the landing. McCullen Drive: Scott Quady said there is a bad frost boil near his house; Alden said he didn’t drive that far down, so didn’t see it. He’ll go by tonight to check it out. Corduroy Coming Up: Alden said a lot of roads have corduroy coming up out of the road, even roads he had no idea were built on corduroy. Pete Anderson Road is the worst. He can’t even grade that road there are so many sticks poking through. Alden said these roads need fabric put down before putting down any gravel, but he should be able to build them up with class 5 gravel and not need pit run. He said road restrictions will last at least two more weeks before trucks can go on our roads. Mike said Alden used the town grader to pull the fire department Big Red out of the mud at his house.

Annual Road Inspection: Mike moved to hold the inspection on Monday, May 20, starting at noon at the Duxbury Store. Gary seconded. Alden already took that afternoon off. Glen said we will inspect the success of the red-rock on McCullen Drive at the May road inspection and can decide if it will work on the parking lot and driveway. Paul will write to Jason Palme from Danforth Township so he can join us.

OLD BUSINESS: Grader Hall Furnace: Alden called Federated to come out to fix the furnace, but they have not returned his call. He will call again.

Spring Short Course: Was Friday, April 5 at the DECC in Duluth. Glen, Patrice and Paul attended. Reports: Paul gave power points and reports to Mike and Gary. Mike said there was stuff about beaver abatement that he didn’t know. Paul and Patrice had financial fundamentals; the paper chase (tracking data through the contract process); 10 Commandments of meeting minutes; mapping. Glen had drainage law; ISO Public Protection classification; Beavers and fire contracts and MnDOT mapping and week inspections.

Grader Hall Drain: Alden asked if the fire department can blow out the drain on the floor. Next drill is next Tuesday, May 7. Mike said they’d do it. May need to blow it out from the outside first and then from the inside. Gary said we need to shovel out all the mud and sand so it doesn’t wash right back down the drain. Alden said he can get a better drain cover that doesn’t allow so much dirt and debris to get in.

DSL Internet: Patrice contacted CenturyLink and internet was installed in the hall. Alden will get the repeater from Duane Glienke so we can fix the antenna. Viasat was canceled. The first CenturyLink bill was very high so Patrice spent a lot of time on the phone getting it corrected. They will refund the overcharge. She couldn’t get it on auto-pay yet so had to write a check.

CTAS Backup: Mark Alborado at the State Auditor’s Office and their IT department took over Paul’s computer but was not able to fix it. He did give Paul another way to backup. They will put out an updated CTAS to hopefully fix this error. Mike asked if our CTAS programs are backed up; Patrice always backs up to a flash drive and Paul does plus has Carbonite. Paul used Patrice’s backup for his laptop but not his computer.

NEW BUSINESS: State Park Road Account Grants: The DNR is offering financial assistance to improve roads that provide access to state parks and state forests. We can apply for Mayfield, Mink Farm and Little Tamarack Lake Roads. Priority given to improving access to outdoor recreational facilities. Mike said we need to contact them before we spend too much time writing a proposal to make sure our roads will qualify. There are minimum geometic design standards for board to devise a qualifying project. We also would need a letter of support from the county engineer. The Board can make plans during the road inspection for how much gravel and road improvements we want to apply for. Mike moved to pursue this if we do qualify; Gary seconded.

Local Government Officials Meeting: The Pine County Board of Commissioners are holding the next Pine County Local Government Officials Meeting, on May 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the new North Pine Government Center, 1602 Highway 23 North, Sandstone. Glen and Paul will go, and Gary may. Glen will call him.

Pine County Zoning Ordinance Public Meetings: Will be Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Pine County History Museum, 6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov. Purpose:To provide residents, stakeholders, and township officials information related to the current full draft of the Pine County Ordinance and solicit feedback. Glen said we should send someone; Mike said we’ve agreed that he could go; Glen wants Paul to go also to take notes.

VFD Pancake Breakfast: Mike asked if the Duxbury VFD can use the hall May 26 for the breakfast. Glen moved yes; Gary seconded. Tables for Hall: Mike is going to surplus services and wants to get steel tables for the grills and would like to replace our big folding table in the hall with two or three smaller tables. We may have to buy more chairs. He can check on folding picnic tables also, but they are harder to get into and out of. Glen moved to allow Mike to get whatever he can for the hall. Gary seconded.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report. She corrected the total bills last month to $4,119.79. Total bills for May are $3,302.13 and she wants to transfer $3,000 from savings to checking. She transferred $5,000 last month by mistake. Gary moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds; Glen seconded.

Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 8:40 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond ___________________________________

Attest: GlenWilliamson, Chair_______________________________

Pine County, Minnesota