Wilma Township Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, Dec. 7, 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, Stefanie Williamson, Jim Bredesen, and Stan and Tracy Riley.

Clerk’s Report of November Board Meeting: Paul read the record of the November meeting; Mike moved to approve; Alden seconded; passed unanimously.

ROAD REPORT: Alden plowed all township roads and subscribed driveways after the recent snow. He said some driveways were still soft, but he was careful

Grader batteries: Alden said the batteries weren’t connecting properly and he replaced two batteries. He met with David Storvik and resolved the plowing obstruction problem. He will get some help installing a new water pump on the grader.

OLD BUSINESS: Pull-behind Plow:  Wilma has an old pull-behind plow in the front lawn. Dale Kirshberg said he’d like to buy it. The committee of Alden and Mike studied this and Alden reported that they would like to keep it as an historical and decorative installation and clean it up for display. Alden said they could make a frame foundation for it with some 5×6 20 ft. timbers filled with gravel. Glen moved to accept the report; Mike seconded. Passed unanimously.

Dumpster Abuse:  At the board’s direction, Paul bought a motion-sensitive, night-vision, solar camera for $53, plus a micro SD card so we can monitor the dumpster. The dumpster has been moved behind the hall to the east so it is no longer visible or accessible by the dump-truck. We won’t need it until spring and the pancake breakfast, so there is no hurry to install the camera. Glen took it to study the manual and program the camera with his cell phone.

Junk Behind Hall: Mike and Alden formed a committee to determine the value of the items before we allow a passerby to haul it away. Mike said they will take care of it. Some can be recycled and some dumped. He would like a load of gravel or something to make a smooth, level surface. Alden said we could put a layer of silt an then a layer of gravel. Glen moved and Mike seconded to gravel surface the area between the hall and the propane tank; passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:  Wilma Township Election, Tuesday, March 14, 2023: Patrice and Alden are up for re-election. File for office from January 3 through January 17. $2 fee. Paul will post the election and filing information. Patrice cannot judge and only Paul and Tracy are trained. Tracy said she would serve. Polls open from 5 to 8. Paul asked Stefanie to tell him as soon as possible if she can or can’t judge so he can be sure to get a judge. She will need the online training if she does.

Special Election to Replace Mike Miller: The election for District 7 MAT director will be Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Corinna Town Hall in Annandale. Only in-person voting. Discussion on sending someone; too far for just a vote.

March, 2023, Meeting Change: Glen reminded the board that we agreed to change the March, 2023 board meeting from March 1 to March 8. The Annual meeting is March 14.

Board of Review and Equalization: Will be Monday, April 10, 2023, at the Hall at 1 pm. Lori Houitsma and Karen Stumne, our appraiser, will attend. Her phone is 320-591-1639. Paul will post the meeting. Glen said he has worked with Karen on his commercial assessment and believes she is very qualified and good. The Supervisors cannot appeal their assessments at the meeting but have to go to the county. Mike and others have said their assessments have gone way, way up and they want to question them.

Training forBoard of Appeal and Equalization Online: Glen completed the course Monday, so we are good. One Supervisor must be certifed to hold the board. He had to take the course twice because the data was lost. “To access the course visit the Board of Appeal and Equalization Training website and follow the instructions. Voting members of the local or county board must certify to the department that they have taken the training. Instructions to complete this reporting are provided at the end of the course. Be sure to review the information before you close out of the course.”

Town Hall Heater: The heater was left on after the Chief’s meeting and the gas heater and the blower after the garbage board meeting. Both times, they turned the dial almost all the way to Pilot, but not all the way.

Treasurer’s Report: (Attached) Patrice said total bills for December are $5,656.53, and she needs to transfer $5,600. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Alden seconded; passed. Alden moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:30.