March 9, 2020

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of March 9, 2020

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

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

R. Anderson moved to approve the agenda as presented. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried.

B. Martinson moved to approve the minutes of Feb. 11, 2020 regular meeting and Board of Audit as presented. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Carla Menssen reported; Receipts for February totaled $4,646.49. Disbursements totaled $7,279.11. The ending checkbook balance, as of February 29, 2020, was $49,265.39, and a Total Balance of $184,603.75. B. Martinson moved to approve the treasurer’s report and to approve checks #4780-4796, with #4783 voided, and 4808-4811 in the amount of $15,423.66. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried.

Lodging tax for December was $4,625.73.

Fire Dept: Phil reported no fire calls last month but had 16 calls in 2019, 7 of them false calls. Their meeting is also tonight, and they will be checking equipment needs for the coming year. Tofte, Lutsen and Schroeder will be scheduling co-operative training sessions for this summer.

Lake/Cook County Engineer, Krysten Foster and Phil Larsen came before the Board seeking a temporary easement on Schroeder Township property. The county will be replacing a bridge on Cramer Rd. at Fradenberg Creek this summer and would like an easement to build a temporary by-pass on Outlot A of Fradenberg Creek Development. They will provide all necessary work to return it to original condition when they are done. The easement would be in effect until Nov.1, 2021 or until work is done, whichever is sooner. R. Anderson moved to approve the temporary easement to Cook County, for highway purposes, on Outlot A of Fradenberg Creek Sites, until Nov. 1, 2021. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. The easement was signed and witnessed. On a side note, Foster said there are no plans in the next 10 years to improve or pave any gravel roads within the county.

Commissioner Storlie: Absent

Road and Bridge: Rick reported that he has obtained permission from the county to replace 2 culverts this summer. The culvert just north of the Superior Hiking Trail parking lot needs a permit from the DNR because it is supposedly a “navigable waterway”. We may have to hire someone to do a scope of work and hydrology report, which would likely double the cost. He will keep working on it.

Cemetery: Bruce foresees a potential issue with heavy equipment digging graves and collapsing old graves. He will check with other cemeteries and propose a policy to cover this issue.

Recreation: If anyone has any ideas for Great Place grant projects, let Tina know.

Maintenance: Rick is working with Pete Borson to get cost estimates for the remodeling of the kitchen and repairing the roof. We will call a special meeting when estimates are obtained.

Other Business: A proposed agenda for the annual meeting was presented by the clerk. No changes were suggested. Clerk asked for a recommendation on the 2021 levy. Supervisor consensus was that they would recommend keeping it at $50,000 and it could be set at tomorrow night’s meeting. Bruce reported that sections of the Gitchi-Gami Trail that are scheduled to be worked on this year include the stretch through Tofte and from Cutface Creek to Grand Marais.

Correspondence: Sent- various year-end reports

Received Chamber raffle- Township can’t contribute, but any individuals can certainly help by buying a ticket.

Public Comments: Gregg Westigard- John Schroeder Days set for Aug 15 and hopefully 16. It was a very bare bones event last year. They are trying to expand community involvement and events for this year.

R. Anderson moved to adjourn. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. Adjourned at 8:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Schwecke, Clerk