WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING AUG. 7, 2013
Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present were Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Road Manager Mark Pallow, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Joe Vink and Eldon and Marg Schmedeke. Paul read the record of the July meeting; Patrice corrected the funds transfer: $2,400, not $2,500 was transferred from savings into checking. Gary moved to approve the record; Mike seconded. Approved.
OLD BUSINESS: Schmedeke Lane Committee Report: Eldon met with the Pine County Commissioners yesterday and presented the committee report that will be presented to the Wilma board, and some of the Commissioners will be coming out to see the road personally. Eldon said that back in 1987 the county first started talking about extending Schmedeke Lane to a full mile length. Eldon refused to allow them to close off and gate the road and did not accept a 12’ width for the road, so it was not extended at that time. Eldon gave Paul the specifics of his committee report, and Paul wrote it up to present to the Commissioners and to the Wilma board for final approval. Essentially, it says that Schmedeke Lane extension must be completely built up to county road specs to the full length of 2 more 40’s and ok’d by the board before the township will acquire it. Eldon said Paul did a good job with the report, and he added some photographs and further detail, and wants it clearly stated that if WilmaTownship adopts the extension as a township road that the county must give the township full ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the 2,640’ extension.
Glen said that Cathy Clemmer called him and said that she has added new duties as county land commissioner, and that we will be presenting the board’s report to her as well as the commissioners. Mike moved that the board adopt the committee report and rewrite the heading as coming from and representing the will of the Wilma Board of Supervisors, and to forward it to the appropriate county people.
Road Report: The Crooked Lake Culvert project was signed off on by Danforth Chairman Jeff Shute, and the work came to $3,360; we will bill Danforth for half of this, $1, 680.
Mark graded Schmedeke Lane, North and South Duncan Roads, Little Tamarack Lake Road; Mayfield Road, Mink Farm, Lost River, River Cabin and the Short Road. Mike asked Mark to carry a notebook with him when he does road work so he can specify which roads got which work on which dates. Mark cut trees on Little Tamarack Lake Road and moved one on the Mayfield Road. Gary told Mark that Carlsons are starting to log and haul on the Mayfield Road, and they will need to get a permit and pay into an escrow account for this road.
Gated Public Rights of Way: Mike met with Jim Doody on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to see the gate Doody put up at the far north end of old Eagle Head Road. Doody said he has also put a gate up on the lower old Eagle Head Road, north of the maintained part of the road. Doody had the road surveyed and determined that the original county surveys were wrong, so his gate is on his land, not on the public right-of-way. Mike explained to him Minnesota court and official rulings that original surveys have the authority, even if they are wrong, and the road as originally platted and built remains a public right-of-way and therefore cannot be gated off by private individuals. It has never been vacated by the township. Mike got Mr. Doody to agree to remove the padlock from the north gate, and also from the south gate after hunting season is over. Mike directed Paul to write to Jim Doody, spelling this out, and stating that the board will cut any further padlocks on the north gate once he removes it, and stating that he will be liable for any damages caused by the gate, and that the lock on the south gate will be removed after deer season.
Vink Road Damage: Jim Doody said that the piled up debris and dirt at the end of Vink Road was not caused by him. Mark said he could have done it with the grader when he was plowing snow.
North Duncan Road Damages: The board directed Paul to write to Jim Bredesen and cite state laws that forbid private parties from damaging or attempting to maintain public roads, and that he must cease and desist any grading or plowing on the public road, and to tell him the repairs cost us two loads of classs 5 gravel, and any further repairs will be billed to him.
N. Duncan Road Repair Project: We still have close to $1,000 worth of work to reach the $7,000 budgeted for this road. Mark said we need to put a culvert on the north end of the road. The board directed him to do this and any gravel to equal the $1,000 budget.
Town Park Land: Greg Beck said that land with 150’ of river running through it can only be given to townships under conditional use deeds by an act of the legislature. The TamarackRiver runs through the northeast corner of the north 20 acres of the park land. The county will bring this to the legislature in the 2014-5 season, and we can get it in 2015 under a conditional use deed, at a cost of about $300. The 16.5 acres we have now will be given to us free and clear in 2015.
NEW BUSINESS: New State CTAS Program: Mike moved that we purchase the new CTAS program, $300; Gary seconded.
Dental Insurance: Patrice said the quarterly premiums are due now, and she needs them before the next meeting. $53.31 for single board members.
Old Township Records: In the report to the Sheriff on our hazard mitigation issues, Paul said that we have off line backups of crucial township records. Glen asked Paul to go back before the records were computerized and backed up and scan old meeting records so they will be backed up in the cloud like current records are, one hour per month.
District 7 Meeting: The Board didn’t think this would cover issues relevant to Wilma, and no delegate was chosen. Glen said he wants to attend the MAT Educational Conference in November. Glen said that the education would help him be a better leader and supervisor. He said that these educational conferences are where all the decisions are made, and where the proposals are chosen to present to the legislature.
Glen said he is a graduate of the U of M in Psych and Criminology, and he was promoted to the E7 rank in the military in half the usual time.
Mike moved to send Glen to the November MAT educational conference. Gary seconded.
Couri & Ruppe Legal Seminar: The board said the subjects scheduled to be covered weren’t issues important to our township.
Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached), and claims were presented:
Patrice Winfield $ 104.35
Glen Williamson 42.60
Gary Vink 107.13
Paul Raymond 157.00
Mike McCullen 74.81
Mark Pallow 271.51
Mn. Assc. Twp. (CTAS Program) 300.00
Paul Raymond (expenses) 10.00
Patrice Winfield (expenses) 10.00
Mike McCullen (expenses) 11.30
Mark Pallow (expenses) 35.03
Security Life (Dental) 426.48
Hopkins Sand and Gravel 8,149.80
TOTAL BILLS $ 9,757.15
Mike moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, to pay all the claims, and to transfer $9,700 from savings to checking. Gary seconded. Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk