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, and Pat Story and Steve Menth.

CLERK’S REPORT: Paul read the record of the May 2nd Board Meeting. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden reported that he graded several roads, but most were still too wet. Steve Menth was going to go out grading today, but it rained last night. Alden attended Arna’s road inspection and they plan to put two loads of pit-run gravel on Langstrom Road and as many as 15 loads on the Pete Anderson Road to cover the corduroy that’s poking up. Alden still hasn’t gotten anyone to give an estimate for our $3,000 ditching job on the Pete Anderson Road. Alden said he has not been putting the two loads of pit-run on the end of the range-line roads and Arna hasn’t either. He says there is no way to spread it if he does. Mike said we can lose roads if we don’t keep extending them beyond the amount that we maintain and claim for gas-tax. Paul said these roads are recorded as certain lengths, and we only own what we have claimed and recorded. If Alden grades the full length of township roads, this satisfies our obligation to maintain the roads. Doug Wiita will remove a tree on Pete Anderson Road.

Road Inspection: Alden asked if the board could review the road inspection report with him. Crooked Lake Road: Alden said the part of the road where the water pools has to be ditched so it will drain. He will have Hopkins come out and ditch Crooked Lake Road and also Pete Anderson Road. He said he would like to try the black matting under the gravel bed, but said you need a cat to push the gravel over the matting.

Brushing Roads: Alden said Sandstone and Danforth sometimes rent a brush rig and he will call Jeff Shute to see if we could go in with them so we can use it for a day or two to brush roads.

Little Tamarack Lake Road: The board recommended we put three loads gravel on the boat landing and the entrance to the landing. Glen said to use ¾ “ crushed rock at the landing. Alden said even better would be to use 1 1/2” dirty screened rock for the landing; it’s cheaper.

McCullen Drive: Alden said a 24′ culvert is long enough instead of 30′.

Grease Gun: Steve Menth went over the grader and greased some fittings using his own grease and grease-gun. Glen said Alden can use his judgment to buy grease and paper towels and supplies. Alden said we need an automatic grease-gun and it would make it much easier to grease the grader. Steve said they cost around $200. Glen said Alden has the discretion to buy it.

OLD BUSINESS: Pine County Board of Commissioners Local Govt. Meeting: Was Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6 pm, Pine County Courthouse. Glen and Paul attended. Very good presentation about the Mille Lacs Band Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures which oversees the Mille Lacs Band’s gaming and non-gaming business enterprises to assure a secure economic future for the tribal members. Before the casinos, the unemployment rate on the Mille Lacs Reservation was more than 80 percent, making it one of the poorest reservations in the nation. Today, the unemployment rate is approximately 14 percent. The tribal spokesman shared a vision for diversifying the Band’s economy beyond gaming including a housing development, printshop, laundry, a bakery, many hotels, a soap factory and other businesses He said the Band’s non-gaming businesses are becoming an increasingly important part of the Band’s economic enterprise.

The tribal representatives addressed the boarded-up and abandoned homes on the Lake Lena Reservation and said the big problem is transportation; it’s too far to drive to work so people abandon their homes, and they have built new low-income townhome housing near the reservation that people are moving to. Mike said he has a very good friend who has been on the waiting list for a long time for one of the Lake Lena homes, but they don’t want a home that has been trashed. He said there are good homes that are vacant.

NEW BUSINESS: Election Judge Training: Clerk/Head Judge Training, Wednesday, June 27, Askov Community Center, 9 am – noon. Regular judge training Wednesday, August 8, 1 – 3 pm, Askov. The primary is August 14. Gary Vink will judge and get the training and Patrice said she will drive and pick up him and Toni on August 8. All judges must be trained every two years. Minnesota law says, “To maintain certification to administer elections, township clerks need to complete four hours of election training during the election cycle following their initial certification and every two years thereafter.” Cathy Clemmer said that Paul should take both election trainings, but he said he can get the extra hours at the summer short course.

Summer Short Course: Will be Thursday, June 28 at the DECC in Duluth. Must register by June 18. Patrice, Gary, Paul and Glen plan to attend. Board of Appeal and Equalization training will be offered so Glen can be certified. Registration starts at 12:30 and the course runs until 5:30. Patrice is paying for three people and they will bill us for Glen. He had to pre-enroll in the assessor training.

MATIT Consolidated Coverage July 1, 2018 -July 1, 2019: MATAT has sent our insurance coverage plan for the next year. Check for errors or omissions. Glen said it seems like the fire hall is very uninsured at $70,000 and we couldn’t replace it for that. The town hall is insured for $170,000. Glen moved that we increase coverage to $100,000 for the fire hall. Mike seconded; passed.

Duxbury Store 3.2 License: Gary had an application for a 3.2 liquor license with the county. The chair and clerk had to sign and notarize it. Glen moved that the application be approved; Mike seconded. Gary abstained. Paul and Glen signed it.

Roof Leak: The roof still leaks over Patrice’s desk under the stove pipe. Clay Heller had started a repair but never finished it. Steve said he will get a chimney cap and seal the pipe this week.

Pancake Breakfast: Mike said the Fire Department breakfast was a big success; our best ever. No one had to wait for a table or for refills, but we made more money and sold more pancakes than ever before. As always we had terrific teamwork and cooperation.

Pat Story Concerns: Pat had three questions. 1. How are Patrice and Gary going to benefit from the spring short-course training? What effort has been made to inform them of what Paul and Glen learned? Paul said he already gave Patrice a pile of power-point and training documents on CTAS and things relevant to Treasurers. Glen had materials on roads for Mike, Alden and Gary but forgot to bring them to the last meeting. He will look for them. 2. Who is in charge of a cost-benefit analysis for what it would cost to upgrade the town hall with better insulation and heating and heating in the outhouse? Glen said Alden is in charge of the research, and he welcomed Pat to join a committee for the town hall improvements. Alden said every contractor he has contacted is just too busy to come out right now. 3. Pat said he called Kelly Schroeder and she said there is no opt-in or opt-out provision in the proposed future county-wide zoning plan. Paul said that is incorrect; she has emphasized in writing that this will be strictly opt-in, and even them a township can later opt-out. We are going to be part of the deliberations for the zoning even though we have opted out of joining it.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report which will be posted on the website. Total bills for June are $4512.80 and she requests a transfer of $4.500 from savings to checking. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.


Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 8:45 p.m.

Report by Paul Raymond____________________________________

Attest: GlenWilliamson, Chair________________________________



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, and for portions of the inspection, Danforth Supervisor Jason Palme and resident Todd Matuska, and Pat Story. Road Manager Alden Shute had done an independent inspection and provided his report.

CROOKED LAKE ROAD: Jason Palme, Danforth Supervisor, joined us for Crooked Lake Road along with Todd Matuska. We need gravel over the hill by Mullens. The low spot between Jason’s and Annenberg’s gets water and south of Annenberg’s and between Palme’s and Mullen’s. The road needs gravel over the hill to Jason’s driveway 1 mile in. Water covers the road and needs ditching and gravel. Jason said Danforth has agreed for us to use as much gravel as we need, up to $20,000, $10,000 each. 10 loads by Mullens. Needs to be built up with pit run first, then class 5. Five loads pit-run and 5 loads class 5 or red rock or crushed concrete. Mike said we need to put down black matting fabric and then the pit run and then class 5 to keep it from sinking and raise the low spot at the culvert. Glen said he wants us to experiment with both red crushed rock from Roberts in Askov and with crushed concrete on some roads to see if it hold up better than class 5. Jason said the roads needs ditching south of his driveway on the west side. There are buried power lines so need to call Gofer One first. 4-wheelers made big ruts in the road when it was under water. Glen said that from the beginning of the swamp area south of the hill to tell Hopkins pit run uncrushed gravel. At 1.4 miles (¼ mile north of Matuska’s driveway 58131) there are deep ruts and mud and cars can’t get through in the spring. At 1.7 miles the road needs two loads pit run and one load at the top of the hill at the end of Crooked Lake Road by Thunder Meadow. Needs a culvert and pit run at the bottom of the hill, 20” x 30′ culvert and 3 loads pit run to cover culvert. Glen said at Thunder Meadow need a layer of class 5.

At 52502 at the swampy area need to put down black matting and pit run and gravel, and ditched on the west side. Mike said that any netting has to have 6” of gravel over it, either pit-run or class 5. Jason said that at ½ mile the road gets soupy every year and he gets stuck. At the spot with the two culverts it gets soft between the culverts and needs 6 loads of class 5 on top of 2-3 loads of pit run. Alden will need to get an estimate for all this gravel and netting and prices for red rock and crushed concrete. Jason said if the estimate is more than $20,000 he can bring it to the Danforth board.

EAGLE HEAD ROAD: Routine blading. Alden wants to brush the west side to the first culvert. Needs one load class 5 at 1/10 mile; 2 loads pit run at the very end of Eagle Head. Mike said for short areas of brushing we can use a chain saw or weed-whip with a beaver blade.

LOST RIVER ROAD: 1 load class 5 at the beginning of the road. Pat Story joined us and said the roundabout cul-de-sac gets mushy as it doesn’t drain properly. Mike said Alden can pull gravel from the outside into the inside to build up the inside of the roundabout so it slants down to the northwest and drains. Pull the gravel from the NW side into the inside. Needs 3 loads gravel. There is a tree at Rogstad’s leaning over the road on the west side at the curve. We can write Rogstad and ask him to cut it.

RIVER CABIN ROAD: Routine blading. Pat said the brush is overgrown so you can’t read the fire numbers. The cul-de-sac at the end has gotten smaller. Mike said Alden can blade it down on the outside where grass has grown up and should put down 3 – 4 loads of class 5 so it’s the original width.

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

MONA DRIVE: Alden says 2 loads of class 5 between Storvik’s and the next place. Blade the cul-de-sac at the end. Routine blading.

KENNY PETERSON ROAD: Routine blading. Bring gravel back on road.

MAYFIELD ROAD: Routine blading. Gary said to find out if we got paid for all the logging on the Mayfield Road last year.

LITTLE TAMARACK LAKE ROAD: Routine blading. One load class five at the first dock. Three loads on the boat landing and the entrance to the landing. Glen said to use ¾ “ crushed rock at the landing.

DOLLAR LAKE ROAD: Alden said he wants to shape the road and install a culvert at the swamp, and raise the road with pit run 8 – 10“ and top with class 5. The board says NO culvert and don’t need to raise the road but can apply 2-3 loads of class 5 on the whole road.

VINK ROAD: Brush the first ¼ mile. Routine blading and blade side gravel back on to the road.

MC CULLEN DRIVE: Put in new 10” x 30′ culvert to replace the damaged plastic culvert in first part of road and gravel to cover it. Routine blading. After Quady’s need 3-4 loads of class 5 or red rock from Roberts. Blade out the ruts and then 3 -4- loads of red rock or class 5. Continue to blade all the way to the end of the road at Zanoskos’.

HELLER DRIVE: First 1/8 mile (about 100 yards in) the road is low and needs 2 loads class five. Regular blading.

TAMARACK PINE DRIVE: Regular blading. One load class 5 in front of Mark’s place, before the driveway, and another load after the driveway.

LANGSTROM LANE: Arna’s year. Alden did go on their road inspection Saturday. They will put 2 loads of class 5 at the start of the road to cover the exposed corduroy, and we will ask them to put 2 loads at Dennis’ driveway.

PETE ANDERSON ROAD: We still have not done the proposed and approved $3,000 from last year to ditch from Duxbury Road to establish ditch past high ground. Alden is trying to get a contractor to bid on the ditching. Pete Anderson was built in a swamp with a corduroy base, and sticks from the corduroy are poking up through the road from 1/10 mile. At Arna’s inspection Saturday they agreed to put gravel at the beginning ¼ mile. At 1 mile needs 1 load Class 5. At Squib Creek the gravel has washed off the road onto the west side. The big culvert is eroding and needs rip rap or big rock. The road sign and stop sign are gone and Paul needs to notify the highway department.

FUST LANE: Routine blading. No gravel.

SCHMEDEKE LANE AND EXTENSION: Complete extension. If big pile at end of extension could be pushed to the sides of the road the extension would be 20′ longer.

SOUTH DUNCAN ROAD: At 53734 at the blue gate 1 load pit run and load of class 5. Level the ruts with the blade.

NORTH DUNCAN ROAD: Routine blading. Put new culvert at 57392 where water constantly runs over the road, and pit-run gravel to cover. At the end where the grass starts need to build up the road with 5 loads of pit-run gravel. The culvert at Peno’s is exposed and needs to be covered. From the last gate on the west side to Peno’s driveway need 5 loads of gravel spread.

MINK FARM ROAD: Routine blading. Brush the swamp.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30.

Paul Raymond, Clerk_______________________________

Glen Williamson, Chair______________________________




No vehicle exceeding 7 ton axle weight shall be permitted on any Wilma Township road without first obtaining a special permit from the Board and paying a $500 deposit to the Town of Wilma, to be held in escrow until the hauling work is completed and the road is determined by the Road Manager to

be in the same condition and quality as it was before hauling began. A $25 fee will be deducted from the $500 escrow for administrative costs. School buses and emergency vehicles excepted.

Paul Raymond, Clerk, 320-245-2579

Pine County, Minnesota