Sept 8, 2020

                          SCHROEDER TOWNSHIP

      Minutes for Regular Board Meeting of September 8, 2020

*Due to the Emergency Declaration of Covid-19, The meeting was held virtually on Zoom. All votes are by voice roll call.

Present: Supervisors Tina McKeever, Rick Anderson, Bruce Martinson; Clerk Anna Green; Deputy Clerk Doug Schwecke; Treasurer Carla Menssen; 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 unanimously.

B. Martinson moved to approve the minutes of August 12th regular town board meetings as presented. R. Anderson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Carla Menssen reported; Receipts for August totaled $5,645.93. Disbursements totaled $6,597.75. The ending checkbook balance, as of August 31, 2020, was $97,270.26, and a Total Balance of $235,231.56. R. Anderson moved to approve the treasurer’s report and checks #4903-4921, in the amount of $9,093.72. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Carla recognized that lodging tax is about $80,000 ahead from where we were last year. May lodging tax totaled 1,632.59.

Commissioner Storlie: Rob is the new highway engineer. A discussion for repairs on a bridge located on the Ski Hill Road in Lusten was discussed with him. On Thursday September 10th, the commissioners (for the first time since March) will be meeting to interview 4 candidates for the administrator position. The morning session will be held with the department heads to interview them. They are arriving from different areas. Joint power meeting was successful. Several individuals in the community asked to get together to talk about racial discrepancy. This resulted in a small task force will come up with a mission statement and reconvene at the end of October to move forward. Commissioner Storlie stated that she is now on the Aquetic Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The meeting is the 1st Wednesday of the month. One of the topics was to refresh the bi-laws and how to protect the lakes. Bob Thompson came before the board to present an assessment update. The graphs are posted online. There are changes in the assessment office as they have had retirement, promotions, new hires, and resignations recently. Some changes in the assessment is there is very little new construction right now, it was higher in 2019. 690 vacation rental changes also happened in 2019.

Fire Dept: Fire Chief Bonin was absent from this meeting. Tina answered a question from August meeting about Nathan Clay’s separation date. His separation date was 10/ 9/2017. Tina asked about the insurance value. Doug replied that we were contacted by MATIT and they thought the insurance value at $40,000 only including fire equipment was low. This will get brought up to Phil and looked over.

Road and Bridge: Rick reported that we heard from a resident from High Ridge stating that there was a “dip” in the road where it meets the sugar loaf. It appears that the water has ran down creating the dip. There is a ridge of dirt that is preventing the water from going into the ditch. Rick stated that he was going to have Karl see if he can push the dirt down so water can drain off the road. Charlie LaBoda is still on schedule for the 2 culverts and grading work done mid- September. Mike McMillan did brush work on the hall road and took out some stumps at the cemetery. The Culverts that Chuck VanDoren look well. Grading over them will come. Snow plowing contracts are up to date and reading for the upcoming season. Lastly, Rick reported he is putting his resignation in at the town board for his supervisor position as he will no longer be a Schroeder resident as of October 1st. Rick and his work for Road and Bridge will be missed.

Cemetery: Bruce reported a lot of progress being made at the cemetery. The tank was put into a new location and put on a new platform. The tank was cleaned. Today they put 2/3 of PVC pipe in for the main water station with a 5th line to the planter. Steve Vetvick and Skip Lamb were immensely helpful. Bruce wanted to thank Carla Menssen for working on the water station.

Recreation: Tina asked about the porta potty at the town park. Doug stated that a note will be put in with this month’s bill for them to take it after MEA weekend. Carl will take out the dock when the time is fitting. Garbage at Father Baragas is being maintained for the most part will just keep an eye on it.

Maintenance: Bruce stated he thought the bathroom remodel should be done by now. It was told that Tim Goetll would come sometime this month. Bruce will call to see where we are with that. The siding project and renting a lift has not gone any further except for pricing a lift. Rick stated a lift will be no good without a contractor. Rick thought Patrick was still a good candidate. Come spring this project should go further.

Other Business: There was 3 donation days for handing out masks, sanitizers and masks to residents of Schroeder and Birch Grove also received a portion. Bruce recommends Supervisors and Clerk to give them out to people in need. Phil and the Fire Department gets first dibs on whatever is left over. If anything is left over it may be given to Tofte EMS. The first report for the CARES act funds has been filed. To date about $4100.00 has been spent and there is about $1,300.00 left over. Phil will be asked if the Fire Department needs anything with the leftover money. Bruce reported that wipes are getting low. Doug reported that the left-over money can be donated to a food shelf, but a decision needs to be made by November. Tina received an email from the Schroeder Area Historical Society stating that security cameras have been installed. In their lease it states that any updates need to be reported to the Schroeder township. Tina stated that zoom meetings should be continued and then re-evaluate after the holidays. This came to an agreement.

Correspondence: Sent- None

Received None

Public Comments: None

R. Anderson moved to adjourn. B. Martinson seconded. Motion carried. Adjourned at 7:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Anna Green, Clerk