WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021 WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING
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 Road Manager Alden Shute, plus Kim Felton, Rod Sorgaard and Cindy Kleinschmidt. April Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the April meeting. Mike moved to approve; Gary seconded.
ROAD REPORT: Beaver Damage on Town Roads: Alden said beavers have plugged up the culverts on Eagle Head Road, causing flooding. He will be cleaning them out. Mayfield Road: Alden had to get Hopkins Gravel out with a backhoe to clear out the beaver obstructions. The road is ok now.
Grader repair: Alden got new filters for the grader.
Supervisor’s Road Inspection Meeting: Date for inspection. Alden is back at work and can’t take a day off. Glen said Tuesdays are best for him; he can’t do it on a Saturday. Mike moved that Alden and Gary do a road inspection this weekend, either May 8 or 9, and take good notes that the board can refer to on their inspection and flag areas or note the mile markers. And then the board do a formal road inspection on Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Gary seconded. Paul will post it, notify Jason Palme and Cheryl Wickham, and Glen will put it on the website.
Anderson Acres Easement: Property owner at the end of Anderson Acres Drive wants to ditch electricity to the end. He wants to know who got the original easements for the road and how he can get an easement to use the road for his electricity. Mike said he needs to go to the county.
Rod Sorgaaard asked what is going on with Schmedeke Lane. Mike said that Carlson Timber is selling parcels. Patrice said her nephew bought one.
OLD BUSINESS: WILMA ESCROW ACCOUNTS: Mark Sauter Logging, S. Duncan Road: He is still working on this project, so board will keep the escrow active. Carlson Timber, Schmedeke Lane; Patrice returned their full $500 escrow. Wermerskichen Timber: Escrow transferred to Road and Bridge. Patrice can’t delete a fund but can put it to zero. Midwest Hardwood Corp.: S. Duncan Road. Patrice returned the full balance of $276. Hayward Land & Logging, Tamarack Pine Drive, $500. Their escrow was put into Road and Bridge.
T&T: The board had directed Paul to contact the MAT Township Attorney about the $1,923.25 of T&T’s money we are holding, some for roads as long ago as 2009. Karl-Christian Johannessen, Staff Attorney for the Minnesota Assoc. of Townships said: “I believe your first email indicated that no one has reached out to the town regarding the funds, if this is the case, it may be best not to do anything with the funds at this time. It would be best to keep the funds in their designated escrow account and not to use or transfer the money until the town has consulted with its town attorney. If the town would like to move to some of this money, finding the legal method would likely take consultation with your private township attorney.” Glen moved that we amend our Weight Limit Ordinance to state that if any logger/hauler does not schedule an inspection after their work is finished and request a refund of their escrow moneys within 24 months that their escrow is forfeited, and to make this retroactive to the date of the original ordinance, and that the T&T Logging Escrow account moneys be forfeited and put into Road & Bridge. Mike seconded.
Garbage Pickup Increase: The Tri-Township Disposal District Board sent out a Notice of Proposal (attached). They cannot refund payments on more than one parcel so are proposing restricting pickup to improved parcels only, with no refunds, at $80 per year, $3.08 per pickup day. Mike said he has concerns that people who are used to having pickup after a weekend but who don’t have improved parcels will still put out their garbage and won’t know about the change. Gary said refunds can still be requested until September.
NEW BUSINESS: Diesel Fuel: Duxbury VFD filled Big Red Saturday night after the N. Duncan Road fire, about 37.3 gallons; the fire department will pay the town.
June Board Meeting Change: Paul requested that the June board meeting be changed from June2 to Wednesday, June 9, so he can go to Puerto Rico. Glen moved that the date be changed; Mike seconded. Paul will post the notice and it will be on the website.
Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the treasurer’s report. Total bills for April are $4,410.19. Total to transfer from savings to checking, $4,400.00.
Motion to Adjourn: Mike moved to adjourn the meeting; Gary seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Report by Paul Raymond _________________________________