Information Meeting At N. Pine Govt. Center Thurs. May 23, 6 p.m. for Parking Area on Crooked Lake Road

1.) Pine County obtained the 203.39 acre property at the lake access
through tax forfeiture. The creation date for
this parcel is listed as Sept. 10, 1989.
2.) The Pine County Land Department reports that
the site is currently used informally as a small
boat launch, but this results in parking along
the township road and rutting/sedimentation
of the current boat access.
3.) The Land Department is seeking to turn
approximately 0.14 acres of this property into a
canoe and small boat access with a parking
4.) The portion of the parcel under consideration is
within the shoreland and is designated as the
Pine County Shoreland Special Protection
5.) Parks, historic sites and camping facilities are
conditional uses under the Special Protection
District and require a Conditional Use Permit.


Present were Supervisors Glen Williamson (Chair), Mike McCullen, Road Manager/Supervisor Alden Shute, Clerk Paul Raymond, and for portions of the inspection, Danforth Supervisor Jason Palme.

EAGLE HEAD ROAD: Danforth Supervisor Jason Palme joined us for Crooked Lake and Eagle Head Roads. Road Sign bent over; straighten.

Culvert at ¼ mile. Last year we had Hopkins dig out the big culvert and add 6′ extension and sink it 6” lower, with a gate to block the beavers. The beavers are still a problem. Alden wants to put two 30′ x 18” PVC/plastic culverts side by side, buried even deeper, with a bridge/walkway across them to reach the end of the culvert. He said holes could be put on the bottom of the culverts where the beavers can’t reach them. He said we can put cables through the length of the culverts with a hook at the end (with a rope attached to retrieve it) that we can drag through the culvert to drag out any debris. Alden estimates the cost at $3,000-4,000, no more than $2,000 each. Duane Glienke cancelled his insurance so he can not longer do contractor work for us. The road is .6 mile long.

CROOKED LAKE ROAD: .2 mile in, 1 load class 5 gravel.

Culvert .4 mile in, at the culvert the road is very narrow with a steep dropoff. For safety we need to fill the full width of the road and bury a 30′ x 2′ culvert and fill with rock and dirt. We anticipate more traffic because of the parking area the County is buiding at the lake access further down. Jason said the County is having a hearing about the landing in Sandstone Thursday May 23 at 6 p.m. with Mike Gainor at the Sandstone Govt. Center, and he plans to go. He will ask them if they will pay for filling in and widening the road at our culvert, since the increased traffic is due to their improvements. He will find out if they will build a boardwalk or pathway to the lake, which is now under water.

DOLLAR LAKE ROAD: Alden is trying to meet with Chris Matrious to ask about the county widening the entrance to Dollar Lake Road and their culvert. Blading and routine maintenance.

VINK ROAD: Routine blading.

MINK FARM ROAD: At .1 mile 2-3 loads minus 2”. At .2 2-3 more loads. Alden said when the budget is flush we should do the whole road; put a good base down and then red-rock. Routine blading, otherwise good.

MAYFIELD ROAD: Road good. Routine blading.

LITTLE TAMARACK LAKE ROAD: Big project for 2024: Rock is exposed from the beginning of the hill at .1 mile, to the bottom at the driveways. Need at least 6” cover of red-rock. Routine blading. Eventual project red-rock whole road.

SHORT ROAD: Blade the grass off of the road and then routine blading.

LOST RIVER ROAD: Routine blading. Ditches are draining well; no water on road.

RIVER CABIN ROAD: Projects for future: 66255 River Cabin; at 66177 clay is coming up; Alden wants to gouge out the road at this spot and then put 2 loads class 5 gravel in the future. Routine blading.

MONA DRIVE: Routine blading. Trim trees.

KENNY PETERSON ROAD: Routine blading. The red-rock gravel has held up well for two years.

HELLER DRIVE: Beaver dam .2 mile. Clay Heller was checking dam and breaking it up. At the hill need 3 loads of 2”-. At Tamarack River bridge the County wants us to remove the large trees; Regular blading.

TAMARACK PINE DRIVE: The major project for 2023 season was to build up and resurface the entire road with red rock gravel. Road in good shape.

SOUTH DUNCAN ROAD: Needs 2 loads of 2”-minus pit run to build a better base at the slippery spot at .6 mile before the logging road. Start at the big pine tree and end at logging road. Craig Summerland has this gravel. Routine blading and leveling.

NORTH DUNCAN ROAD: Big project for future, to pit run the whole road with more 2”-minus gravel. Need 3 loads 2”- pit run at the beginning of the road at slippery spots. Four culverts need to be covered better with gravel, about 1 -2 loads each: .9 mile up at 56723 N. Duncan (2 loads); 1 mile up, culvert just before Bredesen’s place(1 load pit run); 1.1 mile, just past Bredesens at 57391 N. Duncan, 1.2 miles up, fourth culvert at 57391 N. Duncan; at 1.6 miles; cover culverts with more gravel;. Cut tree towards the end of road. Loggers will be using road after it is frozen to cross river and access trees. Routine blading; gravel on wet spots.

Escrow: Has been $500 since it started; discussion on raising it to $1,000.

FUST LANE: Needs to be ditched for drainage .1 mile in. 10-12 loads of Summerland pit run. When the gravel is ready Alden will ditch road with grader. Routine blading.

LANGSTROM LANE: Alden said he and Doug alternate taking care of this road and Pete Anderson. Routine blading.

PETE ANDERSON ROAD: Blade out the washboard bumps. Alden thinks Doug bladed it last; Routine blading.

SCHMEDEKE LANE: Routine blading.

Road inspection completed at 3 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk

Wednesday May 1, 2024, Wilma Township

The minutes as requested by the Board of Supervisors:

Chairman Glen Williamson started the meeting at 7:45 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. In attendance: Supervisor Mike McCullen, Supervisor/Road Manager Alden Shute, Treasure Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, Angie Anderson, Stefanie Williamson, Tracy Riley, Stan Riley, Lori Shute, Zach Hanson, Kim Felton, Jodie Mattson, Nick Mattson, Janet Egan, Kathleen Ackerman, Clayton Heller, Jason Williams, Ben Glocke, and Jim Bredeson.

 Glen then went over the ground rules of the meeting: Citizens must raise their hands to speak. No interruptions, you can ask questions of another person and they can answer but the speaker holds the floor. Maintain respect and decorum.

Stefanie Williamson Taking Record: Paul Raymond produced a report that indicated it is a conflict of interest for Stefanie Williamson to be paid for taking the meeting record. He supplied documents to the board to support this. Stefanie agreed to continue taking the record without compensation. If it is determined that there is no conflict of interest and $100.00 per meeting minute is paid to Stefanie Williamson, she will donate that money to the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Paul Raymond presented documents to Glen Williamson and Alden Shute his record of the March 6, 2024, meeting and a copy of Stefanie Williamsons record, and challenged them to point out the inaccuracies. Glen made a motion to table the issue until next month. Alden seconded the motion and Mike voted no. Carried 2 to 1.

Stefanie Williamson read the record of the Town Board of Supervisors Meeting from April 3, 2024.

Paul Raymond objected to the term unanimous for two motions in which Mike McCullen did not vote, and the term “admitted” was asked to be changed to “said”. Paul wanted Kim Felton’s statement to have quotes and her name added to it.

Alden made a motion to accept the minutes with the corrections discussed. Glen seconded the motion. Carried by 2 votes. Mike abstained from the vote.

Alden Shute Road Report: “I got all the roads graded. I have gone through some things on the roads. Little Tamarack when you talk about projects, Little Tamarack on that first 1/8th mile in is nothing but rock. I would like to get a good coat of gravel over that, otherwise at the 1/8th mile I don’t even put the blade down. Eagle Head we will need to figure out that culvert issue, somewhere along line, we have beaver problems. Heller Drive, the corduroy is starting to come through that first swamp there. Rather than just put gravel over it we may start putting pit run over some of that stuff. River Cabin Road, just past Jim Otters, to the cul-de-sac the gravel is pretty much sunk into the clay, Its getting very bad down there. I would like to dig it out and put rock down and fresh gravel over that. North Duncan there is going to be a logging project. It is regulation is going to be to close the roads but there are still some culverts that we are going to have to cover up a little bit better. But it won’t be able to be a winter sale but there still will have to be some improvements made on the road. Crooked Lake will get a small parking lot where the access is, one mile in, for people to put their kayaks in. They will put a culvert in at no cost to the township.”

Alden made a motion to pay Jim Bredesen $25.00 per beaver for 4 beavers so $100.00. Mike seconded the motion, passed unanimously. Jim said he would donate the money to the fire department.

Clay Heller asked about the beavers on Heller Road. Alden explained that the road was taken care of and there was no flooding on the road. Clay Heller also had concerns about the pit run being used on his road. He will go along on the road inspection and look at it with the board.

Township Day At The Capital: Our town was advocating for cell service because we have such terrible cell service in our town. The rest of his report is in the agenda dated May 1, 2024. Not included in the agenda report, “MnDOT is now considering now allowing a cell repeater on the tower at Eagle Head. So that is a huge thing.” Paul said.

Township Election Lost Ballot: Patrice spoke with Kelly Schroeder about the lost ballot, she was told to leave it unopened and hold on to it for 22 months and then throw it away.

Stefanie was directed by Kelly Shroeder to report the ballot issue so it could be investigated and find out whether there is a problem or not. So, Stefanie made a report about the ballot to the County Attorney.

Paul produced a police report dated as “closed on 3/19/2024” Stefanie made the report about the ballot to the County Attorney after the April 6, 2024, meeting. It was determined that the police report Paul produced was for a different incident.  After much discussion Paul Raymond said, “I stand corrected.”

Preliminary report on Fire Protection Resources in our area: Paul Raymond presented a written report and gave each board member a copy of it. Paul has made the report a part of the record. Paul summarized his report for the purpose of the meeting.

Based on the report produced Wilma Township will not consider a change in fire protection at this time.

Dave Fornengo, the Chair of New Dosey Township, has requested to have a meeting with Glen Williamson and the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief. Nick Mattson agreed to meet with Dave and Glen.

Fire Department Report by Nick Mattson, Fire Chief: The fire department will do an annual report. The report will include how many calls were EMR, how many fires, and how many responded. The fire department has updated their application process, so at there is a pdf of a firefighter application. The Fire Chief welcomes anyone who wants to, to fill out that application. There have been quite a few new applicants. There will also be applications available at the town hall.

Mike made a motion to put the link to the fire department website on the Wilma Township website. Glen seconded the motion. Passed.

New Business: Road Inspection will take place May 20, 2024, at 10 am, starting at the town hall.

ARPA Report April 30th the report has been completed and submitted by Paul

PNP Election Reimbursement Report: All the claims will be paid.

Stan Riley volunteered to raise the flag and not be paid. This will not be needed as Paul said he will not charge to raise and lower the flag.

Stan would like it on the record that he has denied, saying that he would not want Mike on his property.  He said that he as made this denial at every meeting that is was brought up.

Treasurers Report: The bill for the month is $4836.79 and I will transfer $5000.00 from savings to checking to cover that amount.

Alden made a motion to pay the bills and transfer the amount, Mike seconded, and it passed.

Alden made a motion to adjourn Mike seconded and the Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:10pm.

Unapproved minutes

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Chair Glen Williamson _____________________________________Date_______________