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April 2020


APRIL 14, 2020                                   6:30 PM



Called to order by chair

Pledge of allegiance – passed over

Roll call: Chair Deluca, Vice Chair Skubic, M Ralston, L Tahija, B Beihoffer, Treasurer Rodgers, Clerk Drobac                                                                                             Tahija joined the meeting at 6:50 pm

This meeting is being recorded for transcription and archival purposes

Motion: Skubic\Deluca to add Timbuktu to the liquor license motion        Passed 4/0

Nominations for chair

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to appoint Mike Ralston as chair                  Passed 3/0    Ralston abstained

Nominations for vice chair

Motion: Skubic\Ralston to appoint Carmen Deluca as vice chair                   Passed 3/0 Deluca abstained

Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve February minutes with changes          Passed 4/0

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve Board of Canvass minutes                  Passed 4/0


Motion: Ralston\Beihoffer to approve Regular meeting Date \ Time – 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, with exception – March meeting time will be after the Annual meeting; Reorganization meeting will be on the 4th Thursday in March at 6:30 pm; August meeting changed to Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, citing the primary election                                       Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Frandsen Bank, Tower MN as depository    Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve Chair Mike Ralston, Vice Chair Carmen Deluca, Treasurer Pamela Rodgers, Clerk Sue Drobac, Deputy Treasurer Janelle Swenson, Deputy Clerk John Bassing as persons to sign checks and have banking authority                                             Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve holidays as listed for 2020-2021       Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Mike Couri, of Couri & Ruppe, as township attorney       Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve Ralston as road supervisor                      Passed 3/0 Ralston abstained

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve Deluca as ambulance committee delegate                  Passed 3/0 Deluca abstained                Note: Tahija will be an alternate

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Tahija as lodging tax board representative                Passed 4/0

Motion: Ralston\Beihoffer to approve Deluca as grounds and maintenance supervisor     Passed 3/0 Deluca abstained

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Tahija as liaison to Vermilion Trail committee           Passed 4/0

Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to approve payment for training of supervisors, clerk, treasurer, deputy clerk, and deputy treasurer, on a case by case approval                                                      Passed 4/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Tower News as the official newspaper         Passed 4/0

Supervisor Tahija joined the meeting

Motion: Tahija\Skubic to approve Deluca as the noxious weed representative      Passed 4/0 Deluca abstained

Motion: Beihoffer\Ralston to approve Deluca for the 911 assignment                      Passed 4/0 Deluca abstained

Motion: Skubic\Deluca to approve setting the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting date – May 6, 2020 – 10:00 -11:00 am. With written appeals only.                        Passed 5/0


Treasurer’s Report: Checking – $116,919.97           Long Term Investments – $252,027.46      Savings – $232,755.93                                      Total – $601,703.36

Treasurer asked board members to look at different ways to cut spending.

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve treasurer’s report                       Passed 5/0

Motion: Ralston\Deluca to waive reading of claims                            Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve claims                                        Passed 5/0

Motion: Beihoffer\Tahija to approve payroll                                         Passed 5/0


Motion: Ralston\Skubic to table Brushing Birch Point Extension Item                        Passed 5/0

Fire Chief recommendation

Motion: Deluca\Biehoffer to hire Dave Fazio as Fire Chief                                              Passed 5/0

Broadband Survey update-preliminary results for the postcard survey have come in with a disappointing result. Continue next month

Motion: Ralston\Deluca to put an ad in Tower News and Timberjay, and the Township Facebook to encourage a better response to the 2 surveys                                                                            Passed 5/0

TAAS contract – look at next month


Motion: Deluca\Tahija for the Chair and the Vice Chair to each have a key, for the clerk \ treasurer office Passed 5/0

Motion: Ralston\Deluca to approve use of Emergency Declaration Order 2020 to suspend the use of town hall \ pavilion \ playground – COVID-19 reasoning                        Passed 4/1 Beihoffer no

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve use of Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency, excluding the fire dept and Board of Supervisors      COVID -19 reasoning      Passed 5/0

Motion: Beihoffer\Deluca to approve County liquor license for Shamrock, Vermilion Club, Bayview, Timbuktu                       Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve fire protection payment from SLC – fire protection for Unorganized Township 63-15                                                     Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve putting a lawnmowing ad – with a contract for 3 years in the Tower News                                        Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve new MATIT insurance proposal – with replacement cost. Cost will now be $2039.00                                Passed 5/0

Reports: Supervisors: Deluca – Perpich TV checked on the Surveillance cameras. Remote access not working. Ralston noted – there are questions as to viewing rights, administration rights. It is recording now, and we should leave the system operating.                            Skubic – phone meeting is good, would like to be back at the town hall.                   Ralston – would like to Thank Supervisor Deluca and Clerk Drobac for putting the phone meeting together.                 Interim Fire Chief: Indihar reported runs as – 1 fire, 13 ems calls, 1 meeting, 1 fire training, 1 ems training, and 6 maintenance. Fuel hoses replaced on Boat 2, repaired outboard motor tilt system, replaced old air packs with new.                                 Maintenance: Deluca – the township pickup has new mirrors, repair to lights, and new running boards.                                 911: Deluca – 1 sign made                                            Clerk – email from health dept – Public water systems water is safe to drink. COVID-19 is NOT transferred via water

Correspondence – continued to next month

Motion: Skubic\Deluca to adjourn                            Passed 5/0                                          7:39 pm


Sue Drobac                                                         Mike Ralston


Clerk                                                                      Chair