Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of January 9, 2018
Present: Supervisors, Bruce Martinson, Tina McKeever; Clerk Doug Schwecke; Deputy Clerk Gale Ring; Treasurer Carla Menssen; Fire Chief Phil Bonin; Commissioner Ginny Storlie Absent: Supervisor Rick Anderson
The meeting was called to order by B. Martinson at 7:00 PM.
T. McKeever moved to approve the agenda as presented. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
T. McKeever moved to approve the minutes of Dec. 12, 2017 regular meeting as presented. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Carla Menssen reported-Receipts for December totaled $22,690.70. Disbursements totaled $2,843.19. The ending checkbook balance, as of Dec. 31, 2017, was $93,679.38, and a Total Balance of $238,618.81. T. McKeever moved to approve the treasurer’s report as presented. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
T. McKeever moved to approve claims for checks #4234-4250 in the amount of $6,609.67. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
The Lodging tax debit slip for October in the amount of $3682.96, was approved and signed.
Fire & Rescue: Fire meeting was last night, with 11 members in attendance. Time was spent sorting and rearranging equipment and suits. No fire calls last month, but a couple of rescue calls. In order to finish entering fire fighter information into PERA’s ERIS system access is needed for the fire chief. B. Martinson moved to approve granting Fire Chief Phil Bonin and Charlie Muggley access to PERA’s ERIS system. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried. T. McKeever moved to request a cost analysis from PERA, to consider upgrading the benefit level for qualified retired fire fighters. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
Road and Bridge: Rick reported, by email, that an outlet has been placed by the septic system to plug the plow truck in. He also requested that a date be set for a road committee session to plan work to be done this year. 6:30 PM on Jan. 17 was selected. Notice will be posted.
Maintenance: New LED lighting has been placed in both townhall restrooms. A rock retaining wall, west of the fire doors, has shifted and will need to be reworked in summer. Supervisors approved having the floor in the townhall stripped and waxed, and to purchase 2 more table racks.
Other Business: Jim King and Randy Voight from WECONNECT reported that they are no longer affiliated with Birch Grove School, Birch Grove Foundation, or the community center. Their office is now located in the lower level of the Fishing Museum. Rather than asking for money and then seeing what projects they could run, they are seeking input from the residents of all three communities, to ascertain what programs or services are wanted and needed. T. McKeever moved to approve co-sponsoring an event to gather program ideas and donated use of our townhall. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. Nothing new with TSSSD. T. McKeever moved to approve Resolution 2018-01, designating the Schroeder Townhall as our polling place for 2018. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. T. McKeever moved to approve Jan Dillon, LaVonne Anderson, Carol Tveekrem, Judy Gregg and Carla Menssen as election judges and absentee ballot board. B. Martinson seconded. Motion Carried. T. McKeever moved to approve the 2018 meeting schedule as presented. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.
Commissioner Storlie: Ginny reported that they held their reorganizational meeting last week and that she was elected as Chair for the upcoming year. The Board will meet the first and fourth Tuesday of the month as usual, and the Committee of the Whole will now be the second Tuesday at 5 PM. They approved a three-year labor contract with a 2.5 % increase.
Public comments: Tina McKeever expressed concerns about how the County’s Truth-in-Taxation meeting was conducted.
Received– MPCA notification
T. McKeever moved to adjourn. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. Adjourned at 8:10 PM.
Doug Schwecke, Clerk