The meeting was called to order by Chairman Peterson at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. All Board members, the Clerk, and 2 others were in attendance.
Motion by Bilek, second by Johnson to approve the minutes of the June 11th Board Meeting as presented. Carried unanimously.
Dan Leajeld spoke to Board about several issues:
- He is working with the DNR and County Land Services to secure permits required to use Lot 8 of the old Driftwood Resort for a private landing for his dredging business. The site has been used in the past as a landing for the resort and needs minimal dirt moving to keep it in useable condition. He has already received preliminary approval from the DNR. He wants to keep the Town Board informed as he may need a variance or conditional use permit in future to complete the permitting required.
- Concern about safety issue created by motorists passing on right when vehicles are turning left onto Blueberry Bay Road. Peterson suggested reporting issue to Sheriff Dahl or County Commissioner Thiede since it is a county road issue.
- Also concerned about excessive speed of some motorists on Blueberry Bay Road. Peterson explained options the Township can take to establish an official speed zone. Blueberry Bay Road is less the ½ mile long so would qualify for designation as a Residential Roadway with a 25 mph speed limit. Motion by Johnson, second by Bilek to adopt Resolution 2018-03 Designating Blueberry Bay Road as a Residential Roadway. Carried unanimously.
- Asked about if the Board had heard any news about a cell tower being put in near Blueberry Bay Road. Bilek replied that he had checked with the County and found no permit application for a tower there.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Planning & Zoning report as follows:
- County land services has changed the notification process. The Township now needs to call-in or log-in to get the permits info.
- Supervisor Johnson asked for an update on the Driftwood redevelopment plans. Bilek explained that the County has not received a full application on the project yet. The developer has been advised of this, but has not yet provided further guidance on his plans to pursue the process. Dan Leajeld mentioned that the old lodge building is a registered historical site and that he would like to see it preserved.
Chairman Peterson presented the Road and Bridge report as follows:
- New tractor was delivered on June 20 and it has been used to finish the last of the first mowing pass for this season.
- The old tractor was delivered to the new owner and they have reported that is working out well for them.
- The chip sealcoating work is to start on Wednesday.
- The crack sealing work has been completed by Lakeshore Construction.
- Received a quote from Anderson Brothers to do patches to damaged surface on Wildamere, Birchdale Villa, and Wabigoniss Shores Roads at $12,250. Motion by Peteson, second by Bilek to accept the proposal and approve the expenditure. Carried unanimously.
- Saw some residents hanging signs from the mailbox supports along Father Foley Road. Peterson wants to remind residents that the mailbox policy does not allow for items to be hanging below the mailboxes. They will be removed by Township staff.
- Foundation work on the new cold storage addition on the maintenance building has been started.
- There were no safety incidents.
Chairman Peterson presented the Fire Department report as follows:
- Garage door openers throughout fire station 1 have been replaced to enable remote opening & closing from the trucks. Will help response times and the energy efficiency of the station.
- There were 6 fire calls and 8 first responder calls during June. The fire calls were for 3 false alarms, a gas leak, and 2 mutual-aid structure fires. Year to date count is 48.
- The 41st Annual Beef Feed is coming up on August 8th from 4-8pm. Board members will assist with driving golf carts to shuttle diners to & from the parking.
- The Relief Association annual report is expected at next month’s meeting. A discussion of the current & proposed benefit levels took place.
- Working on finishing touches to certify the helipad at Fire Station 2. Peterson gave a demonstration of the new portable lighting system.
- There were no safety incidents.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Transfer Station/Recycling Center report as follows:
- Last Saturday was a record-breaking day at $2850.
- Year to date receipts of $36,042, compared to last year at this time at $30,572.
- Year to date permits sold is 917, compared to last year at 813.
- Security alarm sensors have been added to the overhead doors.
- The metal pile was removed and received $850 of the scrap value.
- County will pick up the electronics, paint, and hazardous materials on Tuesday.
Supervisor Johnson presented the Buildings, Grounds, Parks & Recreation report as follows:
- Suggested having a work session for the Board to consider options for repairing the flat roof on the fire hall.
- The proposed Charter franchise agreement was forwarded to counsel, so waiting for his advice.
- Working to create a utility “as built” map to enable a review of service coverage in the Township.
- Looking at Crosslake’s newly updated comprehensive plan to see if there were significant changes made. This might give indication of need for Ideal’s plan to be updated.
Supervisor Johnson presented the Legislative & Research report as follows:
- Using the MN Association of Township’s appendix of laws passed in the 2018 session to focus on the issues affecting townships. He pointed out a few that may be relevant to Ideal.
Motion by Peterson, second by Johnson to accept the treasurer’s report for June as presented. Report includes receipts #5595 through #5623 totaling $439,750.62 and disbursements #SL060118 through #22024 for total of $166,889.70 including a $100,000 operating funds transfer. Carried unanimously.
A discussion took place regarding Resolution 2018-02 Authorizing Membership in the 4M Fund. Motion by Johnson, second by Peterson to adopt the resolution. Carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, second by Johnson to approve the July claims as presented; claims #43499 through #43543 totaling $50,370.95. Carried unanimously.
The Clerk asked the Board the raise the pay rate for Election Judges. The rate has been at $12 since 2012, so recommended it be raised to $14. Motion by Bilek, second by Peterson to approve the pay rate increase. Carried unanimously.
The Clerk presented a series of correspondence items as follows:
- Received reimbursement payment from the State Emergency Management for damage costs from the September 21, 2017 storm that was declared state disaster. Costs to Ideal were calculated at $16,682.95, so the state reimbursed 75% or $12,512.21.
- Receive a letter from the Crow Wing County Fair Association thanking the Township for its recent donation of $100.
- Reminder of the timeline for certifying the 2019 Levy by the September 15 deadline. Levy amount was approved at the Township Annual Meeting in March, but if changes are needed, would have to start the process this month.
- Upcoming calendar items were reviewed.
Peterson noted that he had attended a treasurer’s session at the recent township association short courses. There he learned that many townships are reimbursing board members for their home internet usage similar to the reimbursements for mobile phones. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to allow reimbursement of $40 per month to the Board members for home internet usage effective July 1, 2018. Carried unanimously.
There being no further business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.
Ideal Township Clerk-Treasurer
July 28th, 2018