WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING DECEMBER 3, 2014
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, Clerk Paul Raymond, Road Manager Mark Pallow, and Pat Story and Karen Henke.
Paul read the record of the November meeting; Mike moved to approve; Glen seconded.
OLD BUSINESS: Fire Hall Doors: Pat said the work is mostly completed and we can pay Randy Beurman for the work on the fire hall and town hall. Mike said we can put some sealant in one gap, and Pat said Randy will tweak remaining jerkiness. He left two remotes for the grader bay; Mike said we need to have easy access to the remote, besides the one on the grader fuse box; it will be by the light.
MAT Convention Report: Paul and Glen gave reports on the training sessions and seminar on civility in public service. Training workshops were held concurrently, so Paul and Toni took CTAS training on the new program, and Glen went to roads and cartways training. General sessions covered resolutions and legislative issues concerning townships. Next years’ state convention will be at Arrowhead Resort in Alexandria. Glen said several townships had their entire boards in attendance, and he believes more of our board should attend.
DNR Informational Meeting: Mike gave a report on the meeting Monday at our hall, attended by 4 DNR officials and citizens from Wilma and Arna, including all of our board but Gary. Gary said he knew what they were going to say. Bob Brewster had asked for the meeting because of concerns about the DNR spraying and killing blueberry fields on Pansy Landing and the overspray on his organic farm. Mike said he asked them three times how their herbicide spraying will affect our gardens and fishing and hunting areas and berry picking and the personal health of our residents, and they could not or would not give a straight answer. He knows of residents who are very allergic to pesticides and herbicides. They did agree to notify citizens when they will be spraying so Bob can post it in his newspaper column and it can go on township websites.
Road Report: Mark had to go out to plow Storviks because they didn’t get on the list. Mike asked if he was able to inspect our escrow account roads before the snow; Mark said yes. Discussion on T&T’s escrow for Crooked Lake Road. Mike said they really tore up the Short Road, but Mark said they repaired it. Gary said they should not be doing repairs, at least not without notifying the board. Decision to postpone the escrow account issues until Spring. Glen had said we could document $111 in deductions from the Crooked Lake escrow, for inspections and re-grading, leaving $389 to be refunded. Gary said someone is cutting firewood on the South Duncan Road, driving a Hopkins truck. They said they were covered under Mike Weidendorf’s escrowaccount.
Heller Drive Beaver damage: They did not get the culvert cleaned out before it got too cold; Mark said Dave Seeloff traps beavers, and can go in there if he wants.
North Duncan Road: Bill Peno said he expects the township to do more work on the North Duncan Road. When he was injured he had to be transported by helicopter because of the condition of the road. Mike said they would have had to use a helicopter regardless because he was in the woods. We did put in two culverts last year, which used up the balance of our $7,000 budget for that road upgrade. Glen said he could let Peno know that we have a website and that the road inspection will be posted on the website, if he wants to come along when we inspect North Duncan Road. Mike said we should not make special efforts since we have fulfilled our agreement and spent $7,000 on the road already.
River Cabin Road: Karen Henke is a permanent resident on the road, but we returned her snowplowing fee because Mark can’t get into her narrow drive. In the past she has hired Gary to snowblow her drive, and has had other private plowers. She said if the township had a pickup plow they could do narrow drives like the ones on River Cabin Road, and we could plow out non-residents who would be willing to pay. Patrice said we almost did purchase Mike’s truck; Glen said the hangup was the extra $1,000 cost. Karen said non-residents have sold their properties because of no winter access. Gary said when we did have a policy to plow any property owners who paid the fee it backfired on us when we had the 1991 Halloween storm and everyone signed up after the storm, but wouldn’t sign up on other winters. Gary said it is not the purpose of townships to plow private drives, and we can only do them after our township roads are plowed. Mike said even if we found a truck/plow for $10,000 there would be additional expenses like insurance and maintenance. Glen told Karen that at the annual meeting, all the citizens get to vote on township issues. The board is only bound by the levies as voted, but they take voters’ concerns seriously. He told Karen to try to get a petition with 20 citizens to present her concerns to the township. Mark gave her the number to call Duane Glienke, if Gary or someone else can’t plow her out. There was a discussion on who is eligible to vote at annual town meetings, full-time registered residents or any property-owning citizens? Paul will call Cathy Clemmer and find out.
Fire Hall Plowing: Mark plowed the Eagle Head Fire Hall, but it was before any freezing, and Joe Vink had to go over it again. Mike moved that Wilma Township plow the Eagle Head VFD Station without paying the usual fee, since the fire department and responders serve all our citizens; Gary seconded. Passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT AND BILLS:
Patrice gave the Treasurer’s Report (attached). Claims were presented:
Pat Story (mileage) $ 53.76
Paul (expenses) 345.21
Mark (expenses) 154.72
Chad Beurman ( town hall back door) 160.00
Randy Beurman 5,459.00
Patrice (expenses) 37.96
Bruno Deep Rock (fuel) 866.41
Glen (chains for grader, computer for treasurer, expenses) 1,966.64
Lucy Downing Hager (Hall deposit) 50.00
Purple Pumper 145.00
Glen (mileage) 97.44
Total Bills: $ 10,943.81
Gary moved to approve the report and to pay all the claims, and to transfer $11,000 from savings into checking. Mike seconded. Glen moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Paul Raymond, Clerk___________________________
Glen Williamson, Chair__________________________