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, Grader Operator Alden Shute, and Ben Glocke.

Paul read the record of the December board meeting. Gary corrected the record to that no motion or vote was taken to change the March meeting from March 1 to March 8, but the issue was tabled. With this correction, Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden said he plowed all roads and private drives who signed up twice now, most recently yesterday. There are no problems with the grader.

OLD BUSINESS: Wilma Township WIFI: Report on WIFI Committee by Paul; Aerial lift was rented and Jack and Dave Shutt installed three of our parabolic antennas on December 9th. Our original plan for four antennas facing four directions on our 50′ pole did not work, after two antennas were put up on the pole and one didn’t work. So far only one person receives wifi that we know of, but Alden gets an intermittent signal inside his home. Glockes do not get anything. Alden gets a clear signal at his birdhouse pole, so he would like to put up a better pole and mount the fourth parabolic antenna facing west, so he and Glocke’s can get a signal. We did receive the full $1,640 balance, and we got $10,000 total, so all claims can be paid. Thank you card has been sent. Glen said 14 GB was used in December. He said that a true township WiFi system would have cost $40-60,000, and we did the best we could with $10,000. Patrice said she needs Jack Shutt’s social security or business tax number so she can send him a 1099.

Township Records: Mike found a fire-proof safe at Sams and will pick it up a week from Saturday. If he needs help unloading it, he will call. Paul wants to put the records in as soon as we get the safe.

Township Dental Coverage: Only Gary signed up. Glen said Toni was put on hold so long they gave up, and Patrice found out that she gets better coverage already. Patrice said it is more difficult for them to deduct our fees from the checking account since she still has to make up a claim. Paul said maybe since Gary is the only one signing up, maybe he can pay directly and get reimbursed by the town.

NEW BUSINESS: Pine County Board of Commissioners Special Local Government Meeting: The Commissioners are holding a special meeting for township officers on the rural narrative, ramifications of the Office of Economic Development & Pine County, and recent initiatives, and updates on local initiatives. Wednesday, January 25, 6 p.m. In the Jury Assembly Room at the courthouse. (Same day as Wanderers). They request RSVP to Debbie Gray, 800-450-7463 ext. 1623. Mike questioned what benefits are we getting from these meetings and trainings. He asked why only three townships sent delegates to the annual conference. Glen said they don’t see the value, even though a $300 subsidy was offered. Paul said the county commissioners must feel that there is value for local government officials or they wouldn’t be holding this meeting at 6 in the evening. Gary said they get paid. Glen said all professionals have continuing education to perform their jobs the best possible, and we do learn important things at township trainings, meetings, and conferences. Mike moved to authorize Glen and Paul to attend the commissioners meeting, at the hourly rate, and if they car-pool, but with his objections on the record. Gary seconded. Passed.

March, 2017 Monthly Board Meeting: Glen said he can’t be here on March 1, and asked if we could postpone the March meeting to March 8. The Annual Town Meeting is March 13. Gary moved to move the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Paul asked to be reminded so he can post and publish the change next year.

March Election and Annual Town Meeting: Patrice and Gary are up for re-election and goth Gary and Patrice filed. The election will be March 14, and Paul will need two more judges. Patrice is judging for New Dosey since she can’t here.

MAT Workers’ Compensation Report and premium: Audit for 2016 due by Jan. 31.

Minnesota Township Association Membership: Mike moved that we renew our membership in the MAT; Gary seconded. Passed.

ECRDC Meeting: Glen attended the meeting of the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) and was elected unanimously to the Revolving Loan Fund Board who determine who gets revolving business loans.

Duxbury Store Cigarette License: 2017 cigarette license due for renewal. $10. Glen moved to approve the license; Mike seconded. Gary abstained.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Because we are in a new fiscal year and Patrice hasn’t had time to close out her books for 2016, she said she cannot process payroll checks tonight, so can’t give a treasurer’s report. Glen moved that she do the payroll by Sunday and he and Paul can meet at her home Sunday afternoon and sign the checks. Mike moved that Patrice be authorized to

2016 Board of Audit: Mike moved to schedule the Board of Audit just before the February 1st board meeting. Glen seconded. Paul and Patrice need to meet to coordinate and cross-check books before the audit once he gets his December CTAS done and end of year processing completed.

Gary moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:30 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk _____________________________

Attested to by Glen Williamson, Chair_____________________________