Nov 13, 2018


Minutes for Regular Meeting of November 13, 2018

Present:  Supervisors, Bruce Martinson, Tina McKeever, Rick Anderson; Treasurer, Carla Menssen; Fire Chief, Phil Bonin; Assistant Clerk, Gale Ring.

Absent:  Clerk, Doug Schwecke. Commissioner, Ginny Storlie

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

The agenda of November 13, 2018. R. Anderson moved to approve.  T. McKeever seconded.  Approved.

B. Martinson moved to approve the minutes of October 09, 2018 with the following change: Under Other Business, “The required time for publication of our resolution to detach [before petition can be signed is coming up,] not “is past.” R. Anderson moved to accept minutes with change noted above.  T. McKeever seconded.  Minutes approved with change.

Treasurer’s Report:  Receipts for October totaled $20,614.41.  Disbursements totaled $16,331.46.  Ending checkbook balance as of October 31, 2018 was $8,297.06. In all of the Township accounts, Schroeder has a total of $143,075.12.  T. McKeever moved to approve Treasurer’s Report.  R. Anderson seconded.  Treasurer’s Report approved.

Checks 4459 – 4479 with voided check 4468 in amount of $3,391.01775-3792. T. McKeever moved to approve.  R. Anderson seconded.  Motion carried.

D. Schwecke and C. Menssen noted that the Fire department is over budget by $4141.79. Board elected to do nothing to adjust the balance. Rather than move funds into the account, they will let the deficit build up until fiscal year end in order to find out how much the fire department actually spent this year. Noted that the OSHA investigation, the fines, the legal fees, and equipment and supplies purchased to fulfill the OSHA requirements caused unanticipated expenses.

There were no Lodging Taxes received this month.

Fire Department:  Had a meeting last night.  Met in Tofte for pictures and paperwork.  Will need new brake lines on the second pumper truck. This will cost a few hundred dollars. Last Monday there was a fire rescue call.

Commissioner Storlie:  not present, but sent a reminder that the Truth and Taxation meeting would be held on Thursday November 29 at 6:00PM in the Commissioner Room in the Cook County Courthouse.

Road and Bridge: Mickey Brazell started brush cutting on the Sugar Loaf Road. Mark Aldinger graded Sugar Loaf end of October, early November.  At the entrance to High Ridge, the grader hit a “buried” CenturyLink phone line and broke the cement casing and protection casing around the line.  R. Anderson working with CenturyLink to get someone up to fix the line that had apparently risen to the surface of the road. No action taken by CenturyLink at this time.  In the meantime, the location of the opened line has been marked with a pylon.  P. Bonin wondered if getting a gofer to locate any other lines running under the Sugar Loaf might help prevent other incidents.  No action taken. NO Road and Bridge meeting until the New Year. Grader put up for sale.  R. Anderson received two offers. The first offer was a barter:  the grader traded for three grades.  The second offer was $800-900 and one grade.

Board approved R. Anderson to accept the $900 and one grade to occur in spring 2019.

Cemetery:  Tall Spruce downed in back of cemetery.  Karl Crawford to remove and check for damage to water tank and any headstones.

Recreation:  Questioned by resident, Kevin Johnson, that an “administration only” sign had been installed at the entrance to the multi-use trail at end of Schroeder Tote Road. B. Martinson spoke to N. Borson at the US Forest and learned that Jerry Donnick is hauling timber in that area and is keeping vehicles out to protect his road surface.  Supposed to be temporary until the work is completed.

Maintenance:  RestroomC. Menssen stated that the restroom faucets need at least one valve, maybe more.  Carla doesn’t have the equipment to finish the job.  R. Anderson to get with plumber to complete the job.

Propane.  T. McKeever spoke to Todd, rep for Federated.  She negotiated a price of $1.279 for both the Schroeder Town Hall and the Cross River Heritage Center. The township to receive the bill for both the Hall and the Center.  Schroeder received a bill from Federated with the 1.279 rate. Cross River Heritage Center received a higher rate in error.  In an effort to simplify the payment of propane at the lower rate, it was suggested that Schroeder write a check for $3400.00 to pre-buy LP for the Town Hall and the Heritage Center. R. Anderson moved to accept suggestion.  T. McKeever seconded.  Motion passed. Check to go out with December claims.  Federated Driver to drop delivery information paperwork in the Township “Suggestion” box and call township when delivery is made so that township can charge the Heritage center for the propane in a timely manner.

Other Business:  .TSSSD detachment.  B. Martinson reported that he is waiting for an affidavit of publication from the Paper and is looking for a paper that needs to be signed by Charlie Muggley. B. Martinson is also working on correcting the map describing the sewer district before the map is sent.

.Birch Grove Center.  Lutsen has been asking Tofte for information on the Center and has not received any.  Noted that Lutsen voted no funds in 2018 to Birch Grove Center but did approve monies for BGC for 2019.  Schroeder Board noted that residents indicated no interest in awarding monies to BGC at the 2018 annual meeting.  The board is waiting to see numbers from Tofte.  Asked clerk to remove BGC topic from agenda until February.  It was noted that Tofte received $19,000 from the County for new and existing programs for BGC. Suggested that we get with Tofte clerk for more information.

Correspondence: Sent-Temperance Liquor license approval.   Completed Property tax exemption application.  Received-Property Tax exemption application

No public comment.

B. Martinson moved to adjourn at 8:07. T. McKeever seconded.  Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Gale Ring

Assistant Clerk