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May 2020


MAY 12, 2020                                     6:30 PM


All motions are a ‘ROLL CALL VOTE’

Chair Ralston opens meeting

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

This meeting will be recorded for transcription and archival purposes.

Motion: Deluca\Tahija to approve adding PILT information to New Business agenda     Passed 5/0

Motion: Beihoffer\Deluca to approve adding Ordinance 20-01 to New Business agenda Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve adding Ordinance 20-02 to New Business agenda Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve agenda with changes                                Passed 5/0

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

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve Board of Appeal and Equalization minutes       Passed 5/0

Treasurer’s report: Checking – $93,982.32     Long Term Investments – $252,105.54     Savings – $232,755.93                                             Total:   $578,843.79

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve Treasurer’s report                 Passed 5/0

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

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve claims, holding Fazio check until background check received                                   Passed 4/1 Biehoffer no

Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to approve payroll                        Rescinded

Motion: Beihoffer\Tahija to approve payroll, to send Fazio check                                Failed 3/2   Ralston-N, Deluca – N, Skubic – N, Beihoffer – Y, Tahija – Y

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve payroll, holding Fazio check until background check received     Passed 3/2    Ralston- Y, Deluca – Y, Skubic – Y, Beihoffer – N, Tahija – N


Birch Point brushing – Table to June meeting

Broadband – surveys are still open and should receive more responses. Deluca and Beihoffer have attended meetings and Deluca would like to say – the board is not against Broadband. Beihoffer recommended no more spending on it.

TAAS – no new information at this time


Budget – reduced from recommended $250,000.00 to $150,000.00.          Board should review and look for ways to reduce spending.

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve liquor license for Gruben’s                Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Resolution approving insurance replacement cost coverage               Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\ Skubic to approve An Xtra Set of Hands, Paul Richards lawn mowing 3-year contract        Passed 5/0

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve calculation for PILT                                Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Ordinance 20-01 regarding camera surveillance      Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Ordinance 20-02 regarding Township information disbursement     Passed 5/0

Clerk asked if all board members had read the Ordinances? Ralston, Deluca, Skubic and Biehoffer answered yes, Tahija did not answer.

REPORTS:   Supervisors: Beihoffer has emptied the garbage at the Pavilion.            Deluca – ESC fire alarm went off in the Town Hall. An alarm was replaced.    Ralston – The parking lot pavement should be started in mid-June. The trail repair is set to be done Saturday May 16th.                            Fire Chief: Runs – 1 fire, 4 ems, 1 drill. Fazio reported – Mike Indihar did a good job as interim chief. Boats are in the water at Grubens. Boat 2 will be moved to Birch Point Marina. 2 gas leaks were repaired, new GPS radar installed. An air pump was installed. Tom Mortaloni and Roth Indihar worked on the installs. New life vests will be purchased through a DNR grant. Needing new turnout gear. Looking at getting 2 per year. Homemade masks were donated to the Fire Dept. and thank you’ s will be sent. PPE kits and masks were received. Annual testing was done on 16 SCBA tanks.  Mike I and Tammy M working on grants. Sympathy to Mike Indihar as his mother has passed. Safety: Helicopter training done. Boat training next week.             Lee Peterson talked about the City of Tower. Clerk: Kay Hansen donated a wheelchair and a walker to the medical closet. A resident asked about adding the Treasurer’s report, Schedule 1 and Current Investment reports to the website. The Treasurer and the Board were not in favor.                               Ralston: Noted the MAT and government ruling to have 6’ distancing. The Board will meet in person in June, using the ruling.

Correspondence: Letter from Cook Community Center for a donation – Denied.  RAMS meeting minutes and Executive Board vacancy.

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve a donation of $100.00 to Northwoods Partners             Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve a donation of $100.00 to Tower-Soudan Historical Society  Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to approve a donation of $100.00 to St Louis County Fair                 Passed 5/0

Ralston noted a Teleconference with Gov. Walz through MAT on May 13, 2020 4:30          Beihoffer asked about when the Rec Dept can put up the nets and put out the benches. Response – check with Health Dept.

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to adjourn                      Passed 5/0                          7:35 pm

Sue Drobac                                                         Mike Ralston


Clerk                                                                      Chair