WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING AUGUST 3, 2022

Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present: Supervisors Mike McCullen and Alden Shute, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden, Stan and Tracy Riley, Doug Witta, Rod Sodergaard, Stefanie Williamson, Angie Anderson, Jale Kirchberg, Jim Bredesen, and Scott Trentholm.

Clerk’s Report of July 6 Board Meeting. Paul read the record of the July 6 meeting; Mike moved to approve; Alden seconded; passed. Glen wanted it noted that Stefanie is only able to get township dental insurance because she is on the board as Deputy Clerk. She hasn’t applied for it yet.

ROAD REPORT: Alden said many roads had 2”-minus pit run gravel spread: N. Duncan (3 loads); Little Tamarack Lake (2 loads); Vink Road (2 loads); Mayfield (4 loads); Eaglehead (1 load). All gravel leveled and bladed.

Tamarack Pine Drive: Alden gave a report on Tamarack Pine Drive project. A constituent contacted Glen with concerns about Tamarack Pine Drive being graded so it is several feet narrower than it was. Alden said that project is still on-going, and he cannot yet complete it with red-rock gravel because the gravel supplier won’t be back until after Labor Day.

Jerry’s Roadside Mowing: He completed the job and billed us for $1,175.00. Alden said Danforth had already mowed both sides of Crooked Lake Road, so he had Jerry go over it again but we will not charge Danforth. A citizen on Lost River Road said the mower took out all the berry bushes just as they are ripening. She asked if we can wait next year until the berries are done. Alden said the end of August may be too late, but we will decide next year. Mike said to tell her there are many, many patches of berries on the Markville road that are not mowed or sprayed.

Wind Damage August 2nd: Alden and Mike inspected tree damage from last night’s big storm. Trees down on Tamarack Pine Drive, Little Tamarack Lake Road, Lost River Road, Fust Lane, S. Duncan Road, Langstrom Road, Schmedeke Lane, Pete Anderson Road and Mayfield Road. He cleared trees on all roads and bladed debris and logs to the side of the road. Mike and Kim Felton also cleared trees until late last night on the Little Tamarack Lake Road.

Kenny Peterson Road: Terry Koscielniak bought the 80 acres from Joe Vink on the north Kenny Peterson Road far beyond the .26 mile of road we maintain and claim for gas tax. The road is under water there and we do not claim it as a township road for gas-tax purposes. It was established in 1920 as a 1 ½ rod cartway, ½ mile. Terry said he still wants to build up the road and asked if the town could work with him, either to help build up the road to give him access to his land or to abandon that part of the road to allow him to gate off the road if he builds it up. He wants to investigate the abandonment of the road for no maintenance. Mike said the people retain access rights to all former township roads and rights-of-way that have not been vacated, and Terry could only gate his own land, not before. Alden will give him the number for our attorneys, Couri and Roupe, but he will have to pay them.

OLD BUSINESS:Public Hearing on Land Sales in Wilma Township: Mike attended the hearing yesterday, August 2 at the courthouse in Pine City. “Purpose of hearing to solicit testimony about reclassification and sale of 200-acres of tax forfeited property in Sections 10 and 11 on North Duncan Road.” Mike told the Commissioners that the Board’s position has always been to oppose any selling of public land in Pine County, since these are hunting and recreational lands used freely by the people and our board passed a resolution in 2020 to the county to state such. He said the sales will go through no matter what, and they have a ten-year plan of other parcels in our township they plan to sell, including on N. Duncan Road.

NEW BUSINESS: Omniballot Counter Test: Paul and Patrice have set the date to test Omniballot Marker. Sunday, August 7, 1 p.m.

Primary Election: Will be Tuesday, August 9, polls open at 10 a.m., close at 8 p.m. Judges from 9:30 to 8:30. Paul, Patrice and Tracy will judge.

Appointed Election Judges: For primary August 9 and General Election November 8. The Board appointed Patrice Winfield, Stefanie Williamson, and Tracy Riley as judges. Patrice, Paul and Tracy attended in-person judge training and Stefanie can take the online training. To take it online, email name, email address, and telephone (preferably cell phone) number to elections@co.pine.mn.us.

Wilma Fallfest: Stefanie asked people to mark the date for the annual Fallfest celebration, Saturday, October 22. We will have karaoke this year.

Annual Legal Seminar: Couri & Ruppe have scheduled another free legal seminar for Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9 am to 4 pm. Reserve at kathy@couriruppe.com.

District 7 Meeting: Will be Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m. at Chisago Lake Township at 12400 316 Street in Lindstrom. No online participation. Glen said he cannot attend.

MAT Annual Conference: Will be October 14 and 15 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Glen said he cannot attend, but Paul said he has registered to attend. Two days instead of three as in previous years.

Public concerns about No Parking Signs: A number of citizens wanted to speak in support of Stan Riley and his business, Country Store and More, and that the county is preparing to post No Parking signs in front of his property and business, which Stan said would adversely affect his business. He said he has been dealing with issues with board members Gary Vink and Mike McCullen since he started his business, first over obtaining liquor and 3.2 and cigarette license and then issues over parking on Tamarack River Road. Gary and Mike refused to issue the cigarette license and blocked the liquor license until Stan remedied the parking situation. Stan made a parking lot and has asked people not to park on the road. Jim Bredesen said he has attended every fire department raffle and cars have always parked on both sides of the Duxbury Road and up Tamarack River Road and this was never an issue before.

Angie said she felt one of the Supervisors was unprofessional and at the April board meeting told someone in the parking lot that he’d like to run someone over, which she believes was her (when asked, she said that he said, “You know who I mean”) and also claimed that Mike made an inappropriate racial slur about the Chairman. Angie said on township property that Supervisors must be professional and she demanded his resignation. Mike denied saying this or making any racial comment.

Stan said that Mike has been telling and showing people his past criminal record, for which he has paid all his time and has had his rights restored and he said he has completely turned his life around. Paul asked if Mike shared this information as DVFD Fire Chief or as a Supervisor? If it was only as Chief, this meeting is not the proper forum to discuss it. Glen said it doesn’t matter, Supervisors are always on duty. Mike said yes, he has told the fire department board of directors about the record because they have to carefully vet people who apply to be on the department, including past records. Stan said this controversy has cost him business, and now the county is prepared to erect No Parking signs in front of his property. Even though he has made a parking lot, at times a truck with a trailer has to park on Tamarack River Road, and this will take away and discourage business. Due to this the Rileys are asking Mike to step down and have made a deadline line of 60 days.

Mike said he has had several anonymous complaints about people parking on the road and his only concern is for public safety because as Chief he would have to respond to any serious accidents caused by cars coming over the hill and slamming into parked cars and he is responsible for the safety of our citizens. Glen said we cannot make policy based on anonymous complaints and that people need to come to meetings like tonight and express concerns on the record. Mike said he did go to the county to express his concerns about the danger of cars parked on the road. Glen asked Paul to research how many accidents have happened in front of Stan and Tracy’s home and how many were caused by hitting parked cars and not just icy roads.

Glen said we all have a past, and people should be credited for trying to remedy their past and live as good, productive citizens. Glen said he has known Mike for many years and Mike has always been firmly against government interference in the lives of private citizens and has been against regulations and rules to control people who are just trying to live and do business and succeed, and he believes Mike has strayed from his past Republican/Libertarian convictions.

Alden said he doesn’t like the idea of No Parking signs in front of Stan’s business, and he wants everyone who is trying to make an honest living to have the opportunity to do so without unnecessary interference. He moved that the Board of Supervisors ask the county to not put up any No Parking signs on Tamarack River Road because of the anger and pain this issue has raised in our township and because Stan has remedied the parking situation. Glen seconded the motion. Mike abstained. Passed. Paul will contact Greg Beck and the Pine County Highway Department, Mark LeBrun.

Treasurer’s Report: (Attached) Patrice said total bills for August are $3,829.26, and she needs to transfer $3,800.00. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Glen seconded; passed. Alden moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:15.

WILMA TWP. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING JULY 6, 2022

Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present: Supervisors Mike McCullen and Alden Shute, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden, and Stan and Tracy Riley.

Clerk’s Report of June 1 Board Meeting. Paul read the record of the June 1 meeting; two corrections: Mike was not paid for two meetings last month; Two Pines paid the DVFD $2595. As corrected, Mike moved to approve; Alden seconded; passed.

Road Report: Alden.

Escrow: We received $500 from Jeffrey Douglas for hauling on Little Tamarack Lake Road. Alden said he is done and there is no damage and to return the escrow. Mike moved to return escrow; Alden seconded; passed.

Alden bladed Little Tamarack Lake, Mayfield Rd., Crooked Lake Rd. (and new gravel); Mink Farm, Vink Roads. He cleared a tree on Lost River Road; put barricades on Crooked Lake Road when culvert installed (Alden said there was no culvert left when they dug it up.) He cleared beaver debris on Eagle Head Rd. culvert; Four or five trips to recheck beaver damage; removed trees from Fust, S. Duncan and Mayfield road from June 25 storm. Additional pit run: 2 loads on Little Tamarack Lake; 2 loads on N. Duncan Rd.

South Duncan Road Straightening Project: Diane Raasch refuses to give permission to take a small part of her land on the NE corner of the South Duncan Road. “I’m sorry to inform you I decline the permission to change or cut into my property. I’m dealing with people south and east of my property trying to cut into my land. As soon as I have the finances I will pursue the matter with Pine County.” Alden said he can do it without cutting into her land by using our right-of-way.

Tree Down on Lost River Road: Pat Story notified us on June 1 that there was a tree down on Lost River Road and Paul forwarded this to Alden and Glen and Mike. Paul wrote Pat on July 2: “The road manager and Supervisors were notified as soon as you notified me, and they will take care of the tree as quickly and expeditiously as possible, if they haven’t already. Do not take it on yourself, unless you are donating your services.” Pat wrote on June 6 that he was donating his tractor use and time. But he had questions for future incidents: Pat Story Concerns: “1. Who has the responsibility to keep Township roads open and accessible? What is a reasonable time frame to clear road obstructions and what is an alternate response to clear?”

Alden said to post on the website that any time a citizen sees road damage or trees down they need to call him at either 320-267-4108 or 320-245-2718 and not to attempt remediation on their own. Both numbers have answering machines. He needs at least a 24-hour response time.

	“2. Who is responsible to control Beavers and Beaver Dams?
Beaver damage to properties that cause flooding and nuisance to road and access blockage.  What can the Township do to obtain revenue and/or assistance for Beaver Dam removal and reduce the Beaver population?” Mike said we have no resources for beaver dam remediation except when it damages or covers a township road.  We don't know who will take care of beavers.  Pat did hire someone to remove two beavers and Mike and Kim took them out of his pond at the end of River Cabin Road.

Public Hearing on Land Sales in Wilma Township: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. At courthouse in Pine City. “Purpose of hearing to solicit testimony about reclassification and sale of 200-acres of tax forfeited property in Sections 10 and 11 on North Duncan Road.” They want Mike at least to attend. Mike again told the board why he is opposed to selling public land. Paul said we are already converted, he needs to give the speech to the county commissioners.

NEW BUSINESS: Appoint Election Judges: Primary August 9 and General Election November 8. Contingent on their training, Mike moved to appoint Patrice Winfield, Stefanie Williamson, and Tracy Riley. Two will serve at each election with the Clerk. Alden seconded. Mike said Kim does not want to judge after her qualifications were challenged to the Pine County Sheriff after the March election.

Election Judge Training: All judges must attend one session of Regular Election Judge Training. We need to learn how to use the new Automark and printers and you can’t do that online. Dates:
July 26, 2022, 9AM-11AM, North Pine Government Center
July 27, 2022, 6PM-8PM, North Pine Government Center
July 28, 2022, 2PM-4PM, North Pine Government Center
• There is an online version of this training. If people want to take online, just have them email their name, email address, and telephone (preferably cell phone) number to
elections@co.pine.mn.us.

Annual Legal Seminar: Couri & Ruppe have scheduled another free legal seminar for Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9 am to 4 pm. Reserve at kathy@couriruppe.com.

Wilma Population Estimate: As of April 1, our 2021 population estimate is 72 souls in 37 households.

Pressure Wash Hall: The hall siding is covered in cobwebs. Mike moved to have Paul pressure-wash it; Alden seconded. It does not need painting this year. Paul will wait until the mud swallows have gone.

Treasurer’s Report: (Attached) Patrice said total bills for June are $4,508.96, and she needs to transfer $4,500.00. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Glen seconded; passed. Glen moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:15.

WILMA TWP. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING MAY 4, 2022

Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present: Supervisors Mike McCullen and Maureen Rioux, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden Shute, Stan and Tracy Riley, Angie Anderson, Stefanie Williamson, Terry Koscielniak, Bryan Vink, and Rod Sorgaard.

Clerk’s Report of April Board of Reorganization and Board Meeting: Paul read the record of the April 6 meeting; Mike moved to approve; Maureen seconded; passed.

Road Report: S. Duncan Road Entrance: Alden said he got an application from the county to straighten out the entrance of the South Duncan Road where it enters Duxbury Road. We will not need to get permission from Diane Raash since the work will be on county land to the west. Alden estimates it will take 100 yards of pit-run gravel.

South Duncan Road End: It is so slick and slimy there that you can’t turn around. Alden wants to shave it off and put new gravel down when it dries out. We can check it out at the road inspection.

Crooked Lake Road Culvert: There is a hole in the road about 1/10 mile in where he has put a culvert to install. Locate is coming out soon and he can do the work. We will show Jason Palme at the road inspection. Paul will bill Danforth for half of $1,678.04 plus gravel and installation when we have the figures.

Cutting Edges: With steel shortages, they are expensive and hard to get. He ordered two sets and will pick them up in the cities.

Road Inspection: Glen moved and Maureen seconded to set the date for the road inspection as Monday, May 23, 10 a.m. at the Duxbury Store. Alden will be available. Paul will notify Jason Palme of Danforth.

Kenny Peterson Road: Terry Koscielniak bought the 80 acres from Joe Vink on the north Kenny Peterson Road. The road is under water there and we do not claim it as a township road for gas-tax purposes, only .26 mile (1,373 feet). Terry asked if the town could work with him to build up the road to give him access to his land so he can bring electricity to his land. Now it is only accessible by four-wheeler through the water. Mike said it would cost at least $50,000 to build up that road. Terry said if he builds it up he doesn’t want anyone else using it; Mike said the township and townspeople retain the right of way rights on old township roads, even if the roads are not claimed or maintained, and Terry can’t gate it off. Before all the beavers dammed the creeks you could drive on that road. Beavers also dammed the creek by the old Boys Camp entrance and water almost crossed the road. Bryan Vink said he has a friend who traps beavers. Paul said Pat Story is also having a big beaver problem flooding his land so Paul will give him Bryan’s number. Glen asked Paul to find out when we recorded the Kenny Peterson Road and if it was recorded as a cartway or full township road. Glen asked Terry to write up a proposal for any plans he has to build up the end of the road and to absolve the township of all liability for someone using the road.

Barricades on Tamarack Pine Drive: Alden said Nick Mattson apparently moved the barricades. We will check on it during the road inspection.

Assistant Grader Operator: Steve Menth still considers himself to be Alden’s backup grader operator. He would like to assume half of the duties and share them with Alden. Mike said we just need a backup for when Alden is unable to plow or grade. Steve may be done with the road by August.

Rod Sorgaard and Tim Mlller: Rod is buying the 17 back acres of Tim Miller’s land and asked if he needs any township approval for that. Glen said we have no zoning or rules for that.

OLD BUSINESS: Dumpster: Due to abuse in public dumping, the board passed a resolution restricting the use of the dumpster to the Town of Wilma and the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department. Signs were posted and the dumpster was moved to the back of the town hall to keep it out of sight. Glen signed the resolution. Angie said we have to move it facing the parking lot on garbage days if we want Doug to pick it up.

Life and Dental Insurance: Patrice is applying for dental through the MATIT Ameritas program; Stefanie said she would also like to get it. Patrice will give her the details. Glen said the town will pay half. Paul needs to get Maureen enrolled in the MAT Life Insurance program.

ARPA EXPENDITURE REPORT: The first report on the use of our $6,887 in ARPA funds was due April 30. It was a very difficult site to navigate and the Auditor said many clerks were having problems. MAT and Kelly Schroeder both uploaded videos to help clerks fill out the report. The site crashed because of so many attempts to file. Paul was successful after two days of work on the report. At this time we do not have to designate a project and could claim Revenue Replacement, but we have a resolution designating some of our ARPA funds to go to our internet fund, if the board passes it and it is signed. Paul had a resolution to donate some of the funds to our internet at the hall. We have $900 left of our Blandin Grant to pay for internet, a couple of years’ worth. Mike said we should ask Blandin first if they will give us any more money. We do not have to decide how to pay it for a while.

Clutter in Hall: Stefanie said it seems to her like we have a lot of clutter on the stage and hall that we could donate to thrift stores. Paul said the only thing we have that we don’t use is the old player piano. Everything else is pancake grills and carts for the pancake breakfast. Bryan said the piano belongs to his mother Bev Vink and he would like to have it. Glen thanked him for taking it. The closet does have some clutter and garbage and needs a good cleaning. Bryan asked about the canvas curtain that is rolled up at the front of the stage; Glen said he’d never seen it but we don’t want to get rid of it now. Paul will send everyone a photo Bryan took of it.

County Sales of Public Lands: Greg Beck sent a letter of the county’s intention to sell four parcels of county land on the North Duncan Road, three 40 acre parcels and one 80 acre, on both sides of the North Duncan Road. The Board directed Paul to respond that The Board of Supervisors of Wilma have always held the position that public lands and rights-of-way should remain in the public domain for the recreational use of all citizens and that the Board opposes any sales of county land in Wilma Township and affirms that the public’s right to use these lands not be impeded but protected. Greg said he will personally visit Mike but Mike said he hasn’t stopped by yet. Mike said it is one commissioner from north Pine County who is so determined to sell off county lands.

Snow Berm on N. Duncan Road: Alden had to take the plow out to smooth out a snow berm left by the DNR snowmobile trail groomers. We billed them for $150 and they paid.

NEW BUSINESS: Application for Utility Permit on Eagle Head Road: ECE wants permission to ditch some underground cable and junction boxes on Eagle Head Road. In August, 2021, they wrote us: “ECE has been doing this work for years and it is a process to get a check to the township for $1000 every time we need to install a new service. ECE is good for our word and would pay any damage fees if there were any.” Glen moved then that we waive the escrow deposit requirement for ECE, but still ask that they schedule joint road inspections with Alden before and after excavating Wilma Township roads. Glen moved to approve their application and not ask for any more escrow. Maureen seconded; passed. We still are holding $1,000 in escrow for ECE.

Treasurer’s Report: (Attached) Patrice said total bills for May are $6,529.19, and she needs to transfer $6,000. Maureen moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Glen seconded; passed. Maureen moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:40.