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Feb 2014

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of Feb. 11, 2014

Present: Supervisors, Tina McKeever, Roger McKeever, Deb Johnson; Clerk, Doug Schwecke; Fire Chief, Phil Bonin; Asst. Clerk Gale Ring, Commissioner Bruce Martinson, and residents of Schroeder.       Absent: Treasurer, Alicia Kangas

The meeting was called to order by T. McKeever at 7:00PM.

  1. McKeever moved to approve the minutes of Jan. 14, 2014. D. Johnson seconded. Minutes approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Receipts for Jan. totaled $4,675.76. Disbursements totaled $8,688.01. The ending checkbook balance as of Jan. 31 was $32,557.31. R. McKeever moved to approve the treasurer’s report. D. Johnson seconded. Treasurer’s Report was approved. A CD, which was approved last month, was signed by the Supervisors.

  1. McKeever moved to approve checks #3209-3233 in the amount of $9,590.85. D. Johnson seconded. Motion passed.

Lodging tax debit slip for $950.40 was approved and signed.

Fire and Rescue: Phil reported that they had a meeting last night and worked on a problem with the new pagers. No fire calls but several accident calls last month.

Road and Bridge: Nothing new.

Cemetery: Nothing new.

Recreation: Nothing new.

Maintenance: The table carts approved last month have arrived and are assembled. Also the 4 tables donated by North Country Crafters are here. R. McKeever requested that the donation of 4 8 foot tables, valued at $457, by North Country Crafters, in exchange for 2 years free rent, be noted in the minutes and a thank-you sent to them.

Other Business: Asst. Clerk Gale Ring asked if the Township should start charging for community service events held at the Town Hall. Currently community service events are not charged rent, but in light of the cost of LP over $5/gallon and the extreme cold this winter, does this need to change? Clerk reported that Federated Co-ops are still charging only $1.40/gallon at the last fill 2 weeks ago. After discussion the Supervisors suggested not charging rent, but that a free will donation be asked for instead. The 2014 budget was discussed. T. McKeever moved to set the 2014 budget as follows: General Fund-$32,000 (plus donations approved at the Annual Meeting), Road & Bridge-$20,000, Cemetery- $2,000, Recreation- $4,000, Fire Dept.- $23,000, Rescue Squad- $10,440, for a total of $91,440 (plus donations approved at the Annual Meeting). Second by R. McKeever. Motion carried.  The agenda for the Annual Meeting was looked at. Clerk asked to please forward to him any items to be added. At present, the only donation request is from SAHS for $9,000.

Kristin DeArruda Wharton and Carol DeSain spoke to the group about an initiative on a County-wide Active Living Policy, proposed by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. They are looking at impacts, other than medicines, to support healthy living. One area of concern is how to help pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers of commercial and private vehicles co-exist in an area where an international highway (61) is the primary link for all of Cook County. They invited Schroeder to be part of this discussion. Their group meets the first Thursday of each month.

Commissioner Martinson: Bruce reported that it looks favorable that the 1.1 mile stretch of the Gitchi-Gami Trail through Tofte, will be completed in 2017-18. Cook County is forming a committee to look at revising it’s Land Use Plan, and request a representative from each township to serve on this committee. T. McKeever moved to appoint T.McKeever as primary, R. McKeever and Bruce Martinson as alternate, representative for this committee. R. McKeever seconded. Motion carried. Tac Habor Citizens Committee meeting will be on Feb. 17. County is working to adopt a replacement policy to help keep highway equipment costs in check. County has petitioned for a 30 day extension for the public comment period on the Gypsy Moth quarantine. He is concerned about the decline in the Forest Service’s budget for road maintenance from $1.5 million 2 yrs ago to $400,000 for this year.

SAHS-Linda Lamb reported that they have received a $2,500 grant from Cleveland Cliffs. Game night is going well

Skip Lamb reported that Birch Grove Community School again placed first in reading scores for all VOA schools in Mn. Their “Gala for the Grove” fund raising event will be May 17.

The Post Office survey dealing with cutting the service counter hours down to 4 hours was discussed. Everyone was urged to attend the public meeting at 5:30 on March 6, here at the Town Hall, to show our support for keeping it open full time.

Correspondence: Sent– various year-end reports, transportation denial, Cramer Rd. request

                        Received- soil composting(2), gravel permit approval, Post Office survey, West End Conversation on Feb. 19,donation request

  1. McKeever moved to adjourn. D. Johnson seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:42.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Schwecke, Clerk

jan 2014

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of Jan. 14, 2014

Present: Supervisors, Tina McKeever, Roger McKeever, Deb Johnson; Clerk, Doug Schwecke; Treasurer, Alicia Kangas; Fire Chief, Phil Bonin; Asst. Clerk Gale Ring, Commissioner Bruce Martinson, and residents of Schroeder.

The meeting was called to order by T. McKeever at 7:00PM.

  1. McKeever moved to approve the minutes of Dec. 10, 2013. D. Johnson seconded. Minutes approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Receipts for Dec. totaled $3,377.77. Disbursements totaled $5,070.73. The ending checkbook balance as of Jan. 1 was $36,570.35. R. McKeever moved to approve the treasurer’s report. D. Johnson seconded. Treasurer’s Report was approved. A cash flow projection based on prior years was looked at. R. McKeever moved to approve Treasurer Kangas to move $10,000 from checking into a CD. D. Johnson seconded, Motion was approved.

  1. McKeever moved to approve checks #3186-3208 in the amount of $8,688.01. D. Johnson seconded. Motion passed.

Lodging tax debit slip for $760.45 was approved and signed.

Commissioner Martinson: Bruce reported that the 1% sales tax collected in 2013 was up by about 9.5% over 2012. The levy for the county will show 0% increase, with about a .9% increase over the last 4 years. North Shore Collaborative Group is working to establish conifers in the dying birch stands along the North Shore. This year’s efforts will be in the Cascade River area.

SAHS-Linda Lamb reported exhibits for this year include ones by Godfrey Dahl and a traveling exhibit from St. Louis Co. by Eastman Johnson, entitled “Ojibwe Faces and Stories”. Game night will resume on Monday evenings at 6:30 in Jan. Also looking for part-time help for gift shop.

Fire and Rescue: Phil reported that at their meeting last night they reviewed the use of the new radios, checked the trucks over, and prepared for chimney fire season. 1 fire call and several accident calls last month.

Road and Bridge: Bill reported that the piles of snow at intersections have been pushed back. The snow on the parking lot, especially in front of Fire Hall will need to be pushed back also. Deb has received several calls about plowing on Tote Rd.

Cemetery: Nothing new.

Recreation: Nothing new.

Maintenance: A problem with the urinals is being checked out. Options for table storage were discussed. R. McKeever moved to purchase 2 upright table storage carts. D. Johnson seconded. Motion passed.

Other Business: Skip Lamb reported that Birch Grove Buddies, a before and after school daycare program is up and running. Also the lease between BGCS and BG Foundation has been settled. Skip also presented his trucking report showing 86 truck trips to his composting facility on Cramer Rd. He also requested that the Township request the County to upgrade Cramer Rd. to a 10 ton road to serve the industrial businesses on Cramer Rd. T. McKeever moved to have the clerk send a written request to the Cook County Commissioners and Highway Dept. to consider upgrading Cramer Rd. to a paved 10 ton road. R. McKeever seconded. Motion passed. There will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 10:30 to consider changes to Caribou Wayside Rest Area. R. McKeever moved to oppose the transportation resolution proposed by MAT. D. Johnson seconded. Motion passed. R. McKeever moved to approve the following as election judges and absentee ballot judges; LaVonne Anderson, Jan Dillon, Judy Gregg, Carol Tveekrem, Gale Ring, and Alicia Kangas. T. McKeever seconded. Motion passed. The 2014 meeting schedule was approved, with the Board of Audit to be held after the regular Feb. meeting. The budget will also be set next month. Carol Tveekrem spoke on behalf of residents on Baraga Cross Rd. stating that while they appreciate the work done on the park, they would oppose any other improvements. She also mentioned Township contact information needs to be updated on the Cook County website. Former township clerk Marion Calph passed away about 3 weeks ago.

Correspondence: Sent– North Country Crafters, CCIT approval, various year-end reports

                        Received- MAT calendars, Indebtedness report, FD certification, Moving Matters Active Living, RAMS, Red Cross Heroes award

  1. McKeever moved to adjourn. D. Johnson seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Doug Schwecke, Clerk