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, and Stan and Tracy Riley.
Clerk’s Report of June 1 Board Meeting. Paul read the record of the June 1 meeting; two corrections: Mike was not paid for two meetings last month; Two Pines paid the DVFD $2595. As corrected, Mike moved to approve; Alden seconded; passed.
Road Report: Alden.
Escrow: We received $500 from Jeffrey Douglas for hauling on Little Tamarack Lake Road. Alden said he is done and there is no damage and to return the escrow. Mike moved to return escrow; Alden seconded; passed.
Alden bladed Little Tamarack Lake, Mayfield Rd., Crooked Lake Rd. (and new gravel); Mink Farm, Vink Roads. He cleared a tree on Lost River Road; put barricades on Crooked Lake Road when culvert installed (Alden said there was no culvert left when they dug it up.) He cleared beaver debris on Eagle Head Rd. culvert; Four or five trips to recheck beaver damage; removed trees from Fust, S. Duncan and Mayfield road from June 25 storm. Additional pit run: 2 loads on Little Tamarack Lake; 2 loads on N. Duncan Rd.
South Duncan Road Straightening Project: Diane Raasch refuses to give permission to take a small part of her land on the NE corner of the South Duncan Road. “I’m sorry to inform you I decline the permission to change or cut into my property. I’m dealing with people south and east of my property trying to cut into my land. As soon as I have the finances I will pursue the matter with Pine County.” Alden said he can do it without cutting into her land by using our right-of-way.
Tree Down on Lost River Road: Pat Story notified us on June 1 that there was a tree down on Lost River Road and Paul forwarded this to Alden and Glen and Mike. Paul wrote Pat on July 2: “The road manager and Supervisors were notified as soon as you notified me, and they will take care of the tree as quickly and expeditiously as possible, if they haven’t already. Do not take it on yourself, unless you are donating your services.” Pat wrote on June 6 that he was donating his tractor use and time. But he had questions for future incidents: Pat Story Concerns: “1. Who has the responsibility to keep Township roads open and accessible? What is a reasonable time frame to clear road obstructions and what is an alternate response to clear?”
Alden said to post on the website that any time a citizen sees road damage or trees down they need to call him at either 320-267-4108 or 320-245-2718 and not to attempt remediation on their own. Both numbers have answering machines. He needs at least a 24-hour response time.
“2. Who is responsible to control Beavers and Beaver Dams? Beaver damage to properties that cause flooding and nuisance to road and access blockage. What can the Township do to obtain revenue and/or assistance for Beaver Dam removal and reduce the Beaver population?” Mike said we have no resources for beaver dam remediation except when it damages or covers a township road. We don't know who will take care of beavers. Pat did hire someone to remove two beavers and Mike and Kim took them out of his pond at the end of River Cabin Road.
Public Hearing on Land Sales in Wilma Township: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. At courthouse in Pine City. “Purpose of hearing to solicit testimony about reclassification and sale of 200-acres of tax forfeited property in Sections 10 and 11 on North Duncan Road.” They want Mike at least to attend. Mike again told the board why he is opposed to selling public land. Paul said we are already converted, he needs to give the speech to the county commissioners.
NEW BUSINESS: Appoint Election Judges: Primary August 9 and General Election November 8. Contingent on their training, Mike moved to appoint Patrice Winfield, Stefanie Williamson, and Tracy Riley. Two will serve at each election with the Clerk. Alden seconded. Mike said Kim does not want to judge after her qualifications were challenged to the Pine County Sheriff after the March election.
Election Judge Training: All judges must attend one session of Regular Election Judge Training. We need to learn how to use the new Automark and printers and you can’t do that online. Dates:
July 26, 2022, 9AM-11AM, North Pine Government Center
July 27, 2022, 6PM-8PM, North Pine Government Center
July 28, 2022, 2PM-4PM, North Pine Government Center
• There is an online version of this training. If people want to take online, just have them email their name, email address, and telephone (preferably cell phone) number to
Annual Legal Seminar: Couri & Ruppe have scheduled another free legal seminar for Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9 am to 4 pm. Reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilma Population Estimate: As of April 1, our 2021 population estimate is 72 souls in 37 households.
Pressure Wash Hall: The hall siding is covered in cobwebs. Mike moved to have Paul pressure-wash it; Alden seconded. It does not need painting this year. Paul will wait until the mud swallows have gone.
Treasurer’s Report: (Attached) Patrice said total bills for June are $4,508.96, and she needs to transfer $4,500.00. Mike moved to approve her report and to transfer the funds. Glen seconded; passed. Glen moved to adjourn the meeting; Mike seconded; passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:15.