March 7, 2019

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of March 7, 2019

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

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

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

T. McKeever moved to approve the minutes of Feb. 12, 2019 regular meeting and Board of Audit as presented. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Carla Menssen reported-Receipts for February totaled $3,745.26. Disbursements totaled $9,236.91. The ending checkbook balance, as of February 28, 2019, was $3,396.24, and a Total Balance of $138,365.16. R. Anderson moved to approve the treasurer’s report and to approve checks 4547-4568 in the amount of $11,609.84. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried.

Lodging tax debit slip for $3,842.95 was approved and signed. Carla reported that we are the only township to actually receive the lodging tax money. As we just then send the same amount on to Visit Cook County we could save a step and have the Auditor issue the check directly to Visit Cook County. T. McKeever moved to request that Cook County direct Schroeder’s West End Lodging Tax check to “Visit Cook County”, with the condition that we continue to receive the monthly summary of those lodging tax dollars either through the postal service or by email. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried. Discussed available interest rates at Grand Marais State Bank and North Shore Credit Union. Final decision will be made next month at the re-organizational meeting.

Fire Dept: Phil reported that their meeting will be next Monday evening. They will be looking into securing grants to help fund replacing the 1979 truck. The oxygen tanks will be expiring soon and will need to be replaced as well. No calls last month.

Commissioner Storlie: Absent

Road and Bridge: Rick reported on the culvert management class he attended. They recommended that everyone map and classify all culverts, which we have already done. Also went over the different types and management of culverts. The road committee will meet this spring to plan any projects for this year. Carla Menssen expressed her concern about loss of land if Cramer Rd is ever upgraded to a 10 ton road.

Cemetery: Lawn care bid specs were looked over. R. Anderson moved to advertise for lawn care bids, to be opened at the April 9 meeting. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried.

Recreation: nothing

Maintenance: Discussed purchase of a new rug for the entry. T.McKeever moved to approve purchase of a 6’X8’ red/black Waterhog rug. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried. Inspected and discussed loose flooring in the entry. Will explore options to replace.

Other Business: TSSSD- nothing new. Clerk presented a proposed agenda for the annual meeting. Rearranged a couple of items and added a speaker on the proposed jail expansion.  Supervisors recommend that setting the levy be tabled until August 14, but if the voters want to set it now, they would recommend setting it at $45,000 to $50,000.

Correspondence: Sent– State Auditor’s file, letters to MNDOT(concern about speed limit increase), Minnesota Power(urging resumption of planning committee)

Received request for support Tofte 4th of July-$1,500

Public Comments: Greg Westigard, new resident of Schroeder, introduced himself and said he glad to see the good working relationship on the Board. He recommended some form of “opening day” event to showcase all the recreational and business opportunities in Schroeder. Rick Anderson expressed his concern over how the bidding process was conducted for the expansion at the YMCA.

R. Anderson moved to adjourn. T. McKeever seconded. Motion carried. Adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Schwecke, Clerk