GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 10, 2018 6:30 PM CONTINUED TO APRIL 18, 2018 6:30 PM
Chair Ralston calls meeting to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll call: Chair Ralston, Vice Chair Deluca, J Bassing, P Skubic, L Tahija, Treasurer Rodgers, Clerk Drobac
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers. This meeting is being recorded for archival and transcription purposes.
Motion: Bassing\Tahija to amend agenda to add Spaghetti feed under old business and reports after Tower news subscription Passed 5/0
Motion: Bassing\Tahija to accept March minutes Passed 5/0
Chair Ralston talked about election results—no change in the election, but 10 days are needed for the recount to be challenged
Treasurer report: Checking-$241,550.90 Long Term Investments- $251,573.72 Savings- $228,709.59 Total: $721,834.21
Motion: Deluca\Bassing to accept treasurer report Passed 5/0
Motion: Tahija\Bassing to accept claims as presented Passed 5/0
Motion: Ralston\Deluca to continue meeting until Wednesday April 18th at 6:30 pm discussion Passed 4/1 Bassing no 6:45 pm
APRIL 18, 2018 6:30 PM
Ralston notes options to continue meeting
Chair Ralston calls meeting to order
Motion: Ralston\Deluca to amend agenda to add Bayview to liquor licenses Passed 4/0
Supervisor Bassing resignation letter read
Motion: Tahija\Skubic to accept Bassing resignation Passed 4/0
Motion: Deluca\Skubic to declare the supervisor seat vacant Passed 4/0
Nomination by Clerk Drobac to appoint Byron Beihoffer to the position
Motion: Skubic\Deluca to appoint Byron Beihoffer to the supervisor position #5 Passed 4/0
Beihoffer takes Oath of Office and takes a seat on the board
John Bassing thanks election judges, clerk, Attorney Couri for work done on election. Also disappointed in the comment made by a reporter for Tower news stating Greenwood is not capable of conducting a fair election- this comment is slanderous and goes outside the bounds of journalist ethics.
Public Comment: Sue Drobac noted the Tower News article – the election judges were not reading magazines. Also, how can a reporter write an article if he is not at the meeting? Mark Drobac requested an apology to the township from journalist Tony Sikora regarding his outburst and profanity at the re-count meeting, this is not a barroom. Jarri Ankrum gave updates about the work the Rec Dept will not do—no repair of the benches, will not change the sign for Greenwood Township. The Rec Dept has applied for a grant to upgrade the bocce court and noted the playset will be installed when the weather is better. Deluca will talk to the county about the sign. Pam Rodgers will add items to Facebook for this. Mary Richard sent a letter regarding the board going forward with the concerns of the residents in mind. Would like follow up on the hiring issue and would like the 911 system sent to the county. Mike Indihar commented on the 911 system. Marilyn Mueller commented on the 911 system. Ralston talked about the possibility of bringing someone in to talk about the 911 system. Tony Sikora (who has articles in the Tower News) said he only represents himself and does not work for the Tower News. He is not paid by them.
Correspondence: email from Rick Stoehr regarding the re-count. Notice of MAT legal course. Letter from Barb Lofquist- questions regarding the fire dept. training for entering burning buildings. Listing of taxes paid in our District w\Commissioner Tom Rukavina. SLCAT meeting minutes- Jan \ Feb. Thank you from Cook Library for donation. Letter from Lee Peterson regarding the Lake Vermilion Trail- noting a forced trail could be on the shoulder of the highway. Thank you from WC Hiam for donation. Letter from MAT saying the board has terminated the Executive Director. Letter from Lake county power for the election.
Motion: Tahija\Skubic to vote for Long for Director at LCP Passed 5/0
Letter from SLC with an update on the county Comprehensive Land Use Plan \ 2nd letter regarding a beaver control program.
Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to contract $8000.00 for unorganized township 63-15 Passed 5/0
Letter from FORD – Recommend lower tire pressure on township truck. Centruylink regarding roads.
Pam Lundstrom talked about the Spaghetti feed for 4th of July and the Greenwood 40th Anniversary—noting the fire dept will be on hand to do demonstrations. Also, she is looking for sign holders. Pam Rodgers will put items on the township facebook page for the anniversary also, denoting the times as 12:00 to 5:30 PM and the Program will be at 2:00 pm
Negligent hiring- Ralston reported this is an ongoing issue, with the chief discussing changing the SOG’S, with an amendment to have 2 persons on a fire scene at all times
Motion: Skubic\Deluca to appoint Tahija as the Ambulance commission delegate Passed 4/0 Tahija abstain
Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to appoint Ralston as road supervisor Passed 4/0 Ralston abstain
Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to appoint Tahija as lodging tax board representative Passed 4/0 Tahija abstain
Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to leave vacant the employee supervisor Passed 5/0
Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to appoint Deluca as grounds and maintenance supervisor Passed 4/0 Deluca abstain
Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to appoint Tahija as liaison to Vermilion Trail Joint Powers Committee Passed 4/0 Tahija abstain
Motion: Ralston\Beihoffer to appoint Deluca as noxious weed representative Passed 4/0 Deluca abstain
Motion: Ralston\Beihoffer to appoint Deluca as 911 coordinator Passed 4/0 Deluca abstain
Motion: Deluca\Tahija to accept 30 Resolutions for donations honoring D Horsman Passed 5/0
Motion: Tahija\Skubic to accept Resolution for donation from Greenwood Quilters Passed 5/0
Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve liquor licenses for Vermilion Club, Gruben’s Holdings, Shamrock Landing, Timbuktu Marina, Bayview Passed 5/0
Motion: Deluca\Tahija to increase Election judge compensation to $15.00 per hour Passed 5/0
Greenwood township e-mail discussion \ possible add township email for each supervisor by the website.
Website update done
Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Tower News subscription Passed 5/0
Reports: Supervisors: Beihoffer – thank you to everyone who voted for him. Carmen wants lawn bids out. Will also check on fertilizing lawn. Tahija went to Ambulance meeting- they have 4 persons on 24-hour duty, will have 5 soon. Also looking at buying a new ambulance. Ralston wanted everyone to know about the Vermilion Trail meeting on Thurs.
Motion: Deluca to allow maintenance, clerk, fire chief $1000.00 spending per month Passed 5/0
Fire dept.- M Indihar reports 4 fire runs,12 EMS,1 drill, 1 meeting, 3 training. Looking at amending SOG’s. several training opportunities. Helicopter training is one. Volunteer Fire Assist Grants available. Inventory is ongoing. Looking at getting more fire dept info onto the computer. Laurentian North meeting coming up. Tower Fire Chief will oversee testing for Officer 1\Instructor 1 Bassing reported on address through the county. Deluca cannisters okay. Clerk – Board of Appeal May 17th, need more supervisors to have training. Need a volunteer to bring voting machines to Virginia- Ralston volunteered. Letter read from Jennifer Criqui regarding her deceased father and the family history. Memorials for Darryl Horsman have come to the Greenwood Fire Dept. Mike Indihar mentioned the donations may be used for a new rescue sled.
Junk mail will be available to view, then will be recycled.
Rick Stoehr says he will be closely following the meetings. Says supervisors should take advantage of the training offered. Ralston commented on training sessions. John Bassing recommends attending the MAT legal course.
Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to adjourn Passed 5/0 8:03 pm
Sue Drobac Mike Ralston