July 10, 2018

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of July 10, 2018

Present: Supervisors, Tina McKeever, Bruce Martinson, Rick Anderson; Clerk Doug Schwecke; Treasurer Carla Menssen; Fire Chief Phil Bonin, Dep. Clerk Gale Ring, Commissioner Storlie, and residents of Schroeder

The meeting was called to order by B. Martinson at 7:00 PM.

T. McKeever moved to approve the agenda as presented. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried.

R. Anderson moved to approve the minutes of June 12, 2018 regular meeting as amended. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Carla Menssen reported-Receipts for June totaled $32,198.05. Disbursements totaled $9,632.32. The ending checkbook balance, as of June 30, 2018, was $105,311.88, and a Total Balance of $250,502.35. R. Anderson moved to approve the treasurer’s report. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried.

T. McKeever moved to approve checks #4362-4389 in the amount of $57,092.32. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried.

Lodging tax debit slips for April 2018 in the amount of $739.43 and for May 2018 in the amount of 2320.07, were approved and signed.

Fire Dept: Phil reported they had a meeting last night. Have purchased some training videos, the cost of which will be reimbursed by a state grant. There were 3 calls in June, a total of 9 for the year. There were also 8 rescue calls in June. Looking into replacing the secondary pumper. The final settlement and penalty check were mailed last week. R. Anderson moved to approve Resolution 2018-03, a resolution increasing the benefit level for vested members of the Statewide Volunteer Firefighters Retirement Plan to $1500/yr. of service. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried.


Commissioner Storlie: reported the Commissioners have received a lot of comments about the proposed B2B Trail. They will not be taking any action, for or against, on this issue for now. Calcium chloride applications will begin next week.

Road and Bridge: R. Anderson reported that 2 more beavers have been removed. Sugarloaf Rd. and the upper part of Skou Rd. have been graveled but will need to be graded a couple of times yet this year. Randy Merrit will cut the ditches within the next couple of weeks. Discussed brushing Sugarloaf Rd. next year. Thorsen’s have indicated they will be able to begin the paving project sometime in the next month. Sale of the plow truck has been postponed since our title is invalid since it was salvaged. It will need to be inspected by the state to make sure it was repaired. Inspection is scheduled for next week. We will advertise to open bids at our next meeting on Aug. 15. MN Power has donated space at the Tac Harbor site for us to store some gravel and culverts.

Cemetery: none

Recreation: Discussed a reworded Dywer’s Lake resolution. It would request that Cook County record a prescriptive easement to retain the right of access to the lake but would not ask for any upgrading of the landing at this time. R. Anderson moved to approve Resolution 2018-04, a resolution requesting Cook County survey and record a prescriptive easement for Dywers Lake Rd. to the waters edge. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried wit B. Martinson and R. Anderson voting in favor and T. McKeever voting against. The dog park is getting a lot of use and is greatly appreciated.

Maintenance: Karl has repaired the retaining wall and the back steps and will get the stairs and porch painted. The restroom faucets are scheduled to be replaced.

Other Business: Steve Schug addressed the Board on behalf of the Schroeder Area Historical Society and its value to the Township. He hoped the Board would consider renegotiating the lease for the Cross River Heritage Center to help cover some of the maintenance and operating costs. Currently they get about $1000/yr from VisitCookCounty and $10,000 in grants. They had about 8,000 visitors last year and are about 500 ahead of that pace for this year. R. Anderson had some concerns and questions about their septic permit and the fact that their well is not on the property. T. McKeever stated that if we get the building back then all these problems become our problems, so its in our best interest to help them keep it open. No action taken. T. McKeever moved to approve a one day liquor license for a wine tasting fundraiser for SAHS. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried. TSSSD- The detachment process is moving forward. The next step is a joint meeting to gather public input on 6 PM, July 31, at the Schroeder Townhall. Support for Birch Grove Community Center was tabled. The Board recommends that the levy for 2019 be kept at $55,000.

Correspondence: Sent– Final OSHA settlement


Public Comments: Phil mentioned they need a new 8 foot table in the firehall as the old one isn’t big enough when all the members are present.

R. Anderson moved to adjourn. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried. Adjourned at 9:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Schwecke, Clerk