The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Bilek at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Supervisors Bilek & Johnson, the Clerk, Chief Schultz, and four residents were in attendance. Cpt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department was also present.
Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to amend the agenda to add the Czapko variance request to the Planning & Zoning portion.
Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to approve the minutes of the January 8th Board Meeting, and the January 8th Special Meeting as presented. Carried unanimously.
Cpt. Goddard spoke about the recently deployed Text-to-911 service that provides an option for getting help to individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or those with speech impairments. It also provides a discreet way to report domestic violence, home invasions, human trafficking, and suicidal individuals when someone must stay quiet to remain safe. Supervisor Johnson asked the Clerk to post info about the system on the Township website.
Goddard also asked if the Board and residents would be interested to view online mapping showing general locations of reports of suspicious activity, thefts, and scams. Property crime in the area is often not discovered right away, and this system may help people monitor criminal activity in their neighborhood. Most of those present said they would be interested in seeing that info and that they, knowing this info, might be able to notify neighbors who are out of town.
Goddard said that he will be making a presentation at the next Crow Wing County Association of Township Officers meeting in April about the process of getting Townships set up for fine-sharing which provides a portion of fines paid for violations in the Township to the Township. He added that the money that goes to the Townships under this program does not reduce the Sheriff’s Department funding.
Supervisor Bilek relayed questions from a resident about the person who had been apprehended recently after burglaries in the Township. He had been caught before, was released on bail, and had been arrested again. Bilek asked why his case had not been to trial yet, what are the consequences for his multiple arrests, and what can be done to make sure career criminals like him are kept in custody. Goddard answered that this person was now being held and that it can sometimes take 2-3 years for cases to come to trial.
Chief Schultz presented the Fire Department report as follows:
- Purchased 10 thermal imagers that connect to the air packs. These new devices were purchased for about the same price as a replacement hand-held type would be. Expect to have them up and running soon.
- New member joined department – Christian Thor Freeberg. Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to accept. Carried unanimously.
- There were 1 fire call and 4 first responder calls during January. Year to date count is 12.
- 4. Training conducted last month were the EMR Refresher and a CPR session open to all members of the department, plus Township staff & spouses.
- Have ordered new batteries and pads for the AED devices that are carried by first responders, carried in several fire vehicles, and kept at the fire hall & community center. The CPR training included an overview of using these AED devices.
- There were no safety incidents.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Planning & Zoning report as follows:
- Troy Anderson spoke to the Board regarding the lake setback variance request by Rita Czapko. They are adding the lake side deck to improve egress. Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to recommend approval with no conditions. Carried unanimously.
- The Baliesis variances discussed at the January Board meeting were approved by the county Planning Commission.
- Attended the DRT meeting and discussed the Loon Point LLC request to amend their CUP to allow use year-round. Issue will come before the Planning Commission next month.
The Clerk presented the Road and Bridge report as follows:
- Ben Withhart from the Timothy Township Board asked if Ideal would be interested in getting West Arrowhead Drive paved. Most of the road is in Timothy but the southern quarter-mile is in Ideal. Timothy wants to pave their portion and thought it would make sense to pave the Ideal portion at the same time. Timothy Township is just starting the planning, so expects the work would happen in 2019. That could work out as Ideal has already begun to contract for 2018 construction working with the county highway department.
- Crew has been plowing & sanding roads.
- There were no safety incidents.
Chief Schultz noted that the intersection of Silver Peak Road and Harbor Lane is icy and needs some salt-sand. The Clerk will pass the message to the maintenance crew.
Schultz also related some instances where the fire department assisted with the clearing of roads after a storm and asked whether members could be paid hourly for that type of work rather than getting the same per-call rate that they get for fire & medical calls. A discussion took place regarding the possibility of doing that and how it could be handled.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Transfer Station/Recycling Center report as follows:
- January 2018 receipts of $2150 including 125 user permits.
- Hired a new attendant to allow for more flexible scheduling. Marlin Gens began work on January 24th subject to passing background check, drug test, and 90-day probationary period. Wage is $12.00/hour with a $0.50 increase after completing probation.
Supervisor Johnson presented the Buildings, Grounds, Parks & Recreation report as follows:
- Received a quote to connect the standby generator equipment to the maintenance garage. Checking into options and will report.
- Working with staff at the National Joint Powers Alliance to prepare a proposal for them to assist with updating the Township Comprehensive Plan. They will provide recommendations of what to update, and guidance with presenting the updates to the community.
- Have been in contact with counsel regarding the Charter franchise agreement renewal. The current agreement is non-exclusive which means other providers could be brought in to improve service coverage.
Supervisor Johnson presented the report on Legislative & Research issues as follows:
- A MN Association of Townships L&R meeting is coming up on February 21 & 22 at the state capitol.
Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to accept the treasurer’s report for January as presented. Report includes receipts #5522 through #5535 totaling $26,689.37 and disbursements #SL010118 through #SVC013118 for total of $40,792.50. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to approve the February claims as presented; claims #43303 through #43343 totaling $32,289.22. Carried unanimously.
The Clerk presented a series of correspondence items as follows:
- The annual Local Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting is confirmed for Friday April 20 at 10 am.
- The annual Board of Audit meeting was tentatively scheduled for January 26 at 10 am, subject to confirmation with the auditor and Board Chairman.
Upcoming calendar items were reviewed as follows:.
- The March Board Meeting on Monday, March 12th at 7 pm.
- The Annual Town Election & Meeting on Tuesday March 13th. Polling will be held from 5 to 8 pm, with the Annual Meeting starting at 8 pm.
There being no further business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.
Ideal Township Clerk-Treasurer
March 7th, 2018
Here is the standard agenda used by the Board as a basis for each monthly meeting agenda:
- Call to Order
- Approve the Minutes of previous board meeting(s)
- Open Forum
- Fire Department report
- Planning & Zoning Ordinances
- Road and Bridge report
- Transfer Station report
- Buildings, Grounds, Parks & Recreation report
- Legislative & Research report
- Approve previous month's treasurer's report
- Approve payment of all current month's bills
- Other business that may come before the Board
Monthly board of supervisors meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Ideal Town Hall. Meeting dates can be changed by the board as needed to assure a quorum.
Residents who have questions or comments related to a particular department - road & bridge, transfer station, etc. - are encouraged to speak during that department's report. Public comments about any township issue can be raised during the "Open Forum" segment.
If you would like to add your topic to the official meeting agenda for a monthly board meeting, please provide info to the township clerk at least 10 days prior to the meeting date.
Note that a variety of issues and topics are routinely brought before the Board during "Open Forum" without prior notice. By law, the Board cannot require that citizens provide prior notice of agenda topics they intend to raise at the meeting, and therefore, the Board cannot provide reliable advance public notice of specific topics that may come before the board at regular monthly board meetings.