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August 2019


AUGUST 13, 2019                                             6:30 PM

Chair Deluca calls meeting to order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll call: Chair Deluca, Vice Chair Skubic, M Ralston, L Tahija, B Beihoffer, Treasurer Rodgers, Clerk Drobac

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers. This meeting will be recorded for archival and transcription purposes.

Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to approve July minutes                                            Passed 5/0

Treasurer report:  Checking – $178,863.63    Long Term Investments – $251,877.96              Savings – $232,738.28                                      Total – $663,479.87

Motion: Tahija\Ralston to approve treasurer report                                         Passed 5/0

Claims presented

Motion: Ralston\Beihoffer to approve claims with 1 change – void #19713, to be paid at a later date                                         Passed 5/0


Motion: Deluca\Tahija to approve Culligan to install water conditioner system for $3995.00            Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Tahija to approve Ferrellgas propane quote at $1.185 per gallon \ up to 5,000 gallons      Passed 5/0

Chief Fazio – 5 applicants for the Safety Officer – Brian Trancheff, Jeff Maus, Rick Worringer, Roth Indihar, Eric Milbridge. The Fire Dept recommended Rick Worringer.

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Rick Worringer for new Safety officer for fire dept  Passed 5/0

Motion: Ralston\Skubic to approve TNT Sealers to do trail repair for $775.00 w\ insurance                             Passed 5/0


Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to approve Resolution 19-07 to accept donation of MIA\POW flag from Gene Baland                     Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve Calgaro quote to do brushing on Birch Point Extension for $4600.00       Passed 5/0

Discussion on putting on the ballot in March 2020, the Question of property owners doing brushing for right of way on their own properties.

Motion: Ralston\Deluca approve putting the question of property owners on Birch Point doing brushing for right of way on their respective properties                                           Passed 5/0

Motion: Ralston\Skubic to approve Liquor license for Shamrock Marina new owners         Passed 5/0

Insurance renewal reviewed – information on quote from Jon Mocol w\MATIT

Motion: Ralston\Skubic to have no opposition to Skorich road vacation                   Passed 5/0

Community enhancement fund monies – $97,116.39 – to be left as is

REPORTS: Supervisors: Beihoffer questioned why the flags have not been changed. The clerk asked for a volunteer.

Motion: Ralston to approve applying for a Blandin grant for $8,858.00                      failed – no second

Ralston said he thinks the township is ready to appoint a clerk and treasurer. Ralston to check on the procedure for a change. Also, looking at the hours and responsibilities for a deputy clerk, and deputy treasurer.                  Skubic commented on how bad the recycling location has become.

Motion: Ralston\Deluca to move the recycling to a county location                            Passed 5/0                                             Skubic suggested a sign to direct residents to new location.

Deluca – noted the alarm system has a phone line failed (Frontier called), and would like someone in the fire department to be on the call list for the alarm system.  The air conditioner in the outer office is not working. North Country will be called.               6 911 signs were made.                                                                    Fire Dept: runs – 13 fire, 26 ems, 1 drill, 2 mtg, 1 ems training, 1 ff training. 3 maintenance dates. Chief Fazio reported the PERA fund is at 199.18% funded- which is overfunded. Thus, the township will not contribute now.  Talked about a PERA analysis for fire dept.

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve having Chief Fazio set up a PERA analysis for the fd                     Passed 5/0          Fazio reported: Camp Ripley will be having EMR classes. Pump testing is complete – 1 repair needed. Training will be in June for pump operations. Firefighting classes will be in Cherry and Chisholm. The fd plaques will need to be updated, as Howard Ankrum has retired. Thank you to Howard. A lock box is now being used for the run reports.

A notice will be put up regarding a quorum of supervisors at the District 10 meeting.

Treasurer Rodgers asked about the roster regarding members not separating or retiring on the listing. Fazio said they are deferred.                                     Clerk asked about when the paving will be done, because there are people still using the pavilion. Ralston will be checking on timeline and asked for a 2-week notice. The deposits for the hall\pavilion will not be transferred to another entity. Deputy Clerk, John Bassing has scanned one half of the fire dept. records onto a thumb drive.      Retrofit company picked up the old copier and several small items.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Lee Peterson – Thanked Ralston for bringing the Blandin grant project to the board again. Thanked the board for moving the recycling cannisters, and repair of the walking trail – it is used often.                                     John Bassing – They have gone to other townships and all were unanimous on working with Blandin grant project. Our township needs to get behind this, to get ahead – it is very important. Blandin is providing the seed money for this project. Volunteers are not making money on this project. Ralston noted Broadband is funded by state also.

CORRESPONDENCE: SLC variance for Roskoski, SLC variance for Hasbrook \ Pride, SLC variance for Olson, letter from Couri & Ruppe noticing an increase in hourly rate of $210.00 per hour for general legal work and $230.00 per hour for development work, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Junk mail will be available to view, then will be recycled

Howard Ankrum made comments on the Birch Point brushing

Motion: Skubic\Tahija to adjourn                              Passed 5/0                          7:45 pm

Sue Drobac                                                                                         Carmen Deluca


Clerk                                                                                                      Chair