WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, AUGUST 5, 2015
Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present were Supervisors Mike McCullen and Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Mark Pallow, Assistant Grader Operator Alden Shute, Fran Levings and Pat Story.
Paul read the record of the July meeting; Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.
North Pine Area Hospital District: Fran Levings took the floor as a representative of the North Pine Area Hospital District to present the case for Wilma joining the District. She said 12 townships and six cities are involved in the District, and each town has one representative and one vote. She explained the history of hospital districts in the state starting in 1966, and of North Pine District which was formed in 1989. Fran said she understands that the levy is the main obstacle to Wilma Township joining. She said this levy has been about $20-$30 per each $100,000 of property value per taxpayer. The District and Essentia are building a new hospital which will include Gateway Clinic and Thrifty White Pharmacy, plus a new long-term care facility to be run by Golden Horizons. The District is the one who has made decisions for the new hospital, including hiring the architect and construction firm, and Fran said the advantage of joining is that we would have a voice in the decisions in the creation of the new hospital and we would have an equal seat on the table. The biggest concern expressed by Gary Vink, Mike McCullen and Pat Story is that townships cannot resign from the district once they join, and that there is no guaranteed ceiling on possible future levy increases. Fran said that this is a ruling by the legislature, that no ceiling can be promised. Gary asked why do Arlone and Hinckley want to leave the District so badly? Fran said the resistance in Hinckley is from a handful of wealthy property owners like the Grand Cinema owner, who naturally want their taxes decreased. Paul said Wilma does contribute by all the unpaid volunteer hours Mike and Shawn McCullen and Jeff GrandPre put in as first responders for the hospital, but that he believes Wilma should join, since we get all the advantages of the hospital without paying. Mike said our hospital bills are payment enough. Paul asked if we could invite some Essentia CEO’s to address the board and the voters at one of our regular public board meetings. Glen said Paul could put the vote on the Annual Meeting agenda next March, and that is enough.
OLD BUSINESS: Schmedeke Lane Extension Inspection: Report from Mike: Mike and Duane Glienke inspected the road, and Mike asked him for an estimate on repairing and restoring the culvert. Glen moved that if the estimate is under $2,000, that Duane be authorized to repair the culvert, and that Mark Pallow and Alden Shute be authorized to spend the rest of the $10,000 budget on gravel and grading and labor to build up the extension to the limit the total $10,000 budget will allow. Mike seconded. Mike said that Alden or Mark should be able to put enough gravel and spread it to straighten out the curve in the road.
Town Hall Stair Rail: Mike said he will get a rail built as soon as possible.
Starowtow Reunion Deposit Refund: The Starowtow family returned the hall to essentially its same condition and Mike moved that we refund their $50 refund. Gary seconded. It’s too late for this meeting but Patrice will cut a check for September.
NEW BUSINESS: Paint Town Hall: Paul spoke with the Pine County Jail sentence-to-serve manager Dan Baran. He said they may be able to paint our town hall again. The Sheriff’s office said we may need the County Commissioners to approve as it is for another govt. agency. The township may need to buy the paint. Paul said the board voted to have the township buy a pressure-washer for the grader, and we could pressure-wash the walls to prep them for painting. Mike questioned if the hall really needs painting already, because it won’t be free; we will still need to buy a lot of paint. It was too dark for the board to inspect the outside walls, and Glen said to set it up with Dan Baran for his schedule for Spring, 2016. He also said to put purchasing a pressure-washer on the agenda for the September board meeting.
St. Croix Boys Camp Sale: The DNR is trying to sell the Boys Camp again. They have cleaned up the buildings and mowed the lawn and driveway. Open houses on August 6 and 8. Minimum bid $111,000. The gate is not locked now. If the camp is sold, it will be added to our tax base at its appraised value.
Road Report: Mark gave a report on where they have been spreading gravel and grading. Glen said he’s had calls from Peno on the North Duncan Road, and Mike said he has also had calls about the work planned for North Duncan Road this year, 21 total 15-yard loads of gravel at 20 tons per load. Paul asked Mark and Alden for written reports on which roads got gravel and grading, and especially for range line roads like The Pete Anderson Road and Heller Drive, and Patrice gave them road reporting forms. Gary said he did some work on Heller Drive that Paul should invoice when we bill them: 7/5/2015: 1/2 hour to check beaver damage reported by Clay Heller, ½ = $4.50; 7/22/2015: 1 hour to map and flag culverts, ½ = $9.00; 7/23/2015: 1 hour for inspecting locator work, ½ $9. Total from Gary to bill New Dosey Township: $22.50. Paul will add this to the cost of gravel and grading when that is done.
Lost River Road: Pat said that after the recent heavy rains the cul-de-sac was very soft and slippery. Mark said they haven’t gotten to that road yet but the board did vote to put 40 tons of gravel on that road where Pat flagged it. Pat said Lost River has become a popular road for horseback riders and the hoofs can really tear up the road. Mike directed Paul to write a nice letter to Monica Taylor who lives just west of Lost River and respectfully ask that they respect the integrity of our township roads and not ride when there has been rain and the road is soft. Gary said they have great trails just south of Lost River at the Graces’ Lake and Rock Lake Horse Camp Trails, and we should remind them that state law states that any damage to township roads can be billed to the person who damaged them.
Schmedeke Lane: Mike said Schmedeke Lane is very overgrown with grass and really needs a routine blading. He said we had agreed that every township road should be bladed every 4 to 6 weeks. He asked Alden to clear it with Mark to go out and do some routine blading. Mark said he doesn’t mind, but Glen said it is important that Alden clear any grader work with Mark whenever he goes out as Mark is Road Manager.
New Hire Forms and I-9 Forms: We have the Federal I-9 forms for Homeland Security and the Minnesota New Hire reporting forms. New hires, including election judges, will need to fill them out. This does not apply to existing long-time officers, but will apply to election judges and to new hire Alden Shute. He took the forms.
Federated Propane Summer Top-off Offer: Patrice said Federated came out to top off our tank at the special rate of $1.19/gallon but our tank was already 80% full. She said they asked that we clear the path to the tank. Paul asked if Zion Church in Markville could borrow the three green picnic tables for their free corn and bratfeed on August 29. Glen moved that they be allowed; Mike seconded. Paul said that when they return the tables, they will clear all the tables away from the propane tank.
Duxbury Store 3.2 Beer License: Gary asked the board to approve a 3.2 license for the store for another year. Glen moved to approve; Mike seconded. Glen and Paul signed the license but Gary needs the notary seal and will stop by Paul’s to get it.
Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice presented the claims and her Treasurer’s Report (attached). Gary moved that the Board pay all the claims (total $1,084.52), and to approve the Treasurer’s Report, and to transfer $1,100 from savings to checking. Mike seconded.
Gary moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk
Attested to by Chairman Glen Williams: