WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 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 Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Alden Shute, Stan and Tracey Riley, and Stefanie Williamson. November Meeting Record: Paul read the record of the November 3rd meeting. Mike moved to approve; Gary seconded.

ROAD REPORT: The chains and wings are on the grader and Alden is ready for snow. Alden found two barricades for Tamarack Pine Drive; he can’t find one base but is looking.

Eagle Head Road Culvert/Beavers: Alden had Hopkins Gravel dig the ditch out with a backhoe much deeper than it was. He found the grates on the culvert and reinstalled them.

Mowing: Alden talked with Doug Witta who said Arna uses Jason Fornengo for mowing. Alden wants to attend one of their board meetings and see how pleased they are with Fornengo and what he charges.

OLD BUSINESS: Country Store and More: Stan Riley’s new business, Country Store and More now is set for getting a liquor license. The board had adopted a resolution to petition the county to put up a stop-ahead warning sign and a 35 mph speed limit sign on Tamarack River Road and Paul wrote to Mark LeBrun the county engineer. Then Glen found that there is already a stop-ahead sign, so Paul corrected the request to ask them to add a 35 mph speed limit sign to the stop-ahead sign. LeBrun said they cannot do it as the mileage rate on rural county roads is 55 mph.

County Meetings for Broadband: Commissioner Terry Lovgren asked us to participate in a meeting about increasing broadband internet access in our county. Meetings were Monday, November 15 and Monday, November 22. Paul attended the first meeting. For meeting recordings, notes, and links to voting visit the Pine County BBC webpage: https://blandinfoundation.org/articles/pine-county-blandin-broadband-community/

On November 19, the East Central Energy (ECE) Board of Directors voted to move forward with developing a plan for fiber to the home. “Our completed feasibility study has indicated that with the appropriate funding from grants and other sources, it is reasonable for ECE to provide fiber throughout our service territory. ECE will be spending the next few months putting together a comprehensive plan for the businesses and residents in our 14-county service territory. Upon completion, our board will make a final determination on the overall project. The plan will be designed based on fiber only and will lay out a phased approach for a project that could cost as much as $300M.”

NEW BUSINESS: Winter Septic Inspections: Caleb Anderson sent the winter rules for septic systems: “With the onset of normal winter weather conditions the policy of the Pine County Planning, Zoning & Solid Waste is to operate very tentatively on issues relating to septics. Wet or frozen soil conditions are not conducive to soil evaluations or system installations. The County requires 24-hour notice to the Pine County Planning, Zoning & Solid Waste Department before starting sewer construction. Please make sure to contact us prior to construction to discuss if the weather will allow construction. Per MPCA guidance, construction may be acceptable for holding tanks and in-ground systems. Construction of mounds is not acceptable during winter conditions without pre-approved frost mitigation strategies. We will continue issuing septic permits as weather and system design allows.”

Board of Review and Equalization: Will be Monday, April 11, 2022, 1 p.m. at the Hall. Lori Houtsma and Bob Brewster will be there. Will be posted.

Elections: Mike moved to designate the Wilma Town Hall as our polling place for 2022; Gary seconded; passed. Filing dates for the March 8, 2022 Election: December 28 – January 11, 2022. Glen and Paul are up for re-election in 2022. Paul will bring affidavits to the January meeting. Patrice will be the head judge, and Stefanie said she would judge. Gary is also trained. Tracy said she would gladly judge and Paul said he can train her if he needs her.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave treasurers’ report: Total bills for December, $3058.20. Total to transfer, $3,000. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Gary seconded. Mike moved to adjourn the meeting; Gary seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:30

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021 WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING

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 _________________________________