The meeting was called to order by Chairman Peterson at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. All members, Chief Schultz, the Clerk, and seven residents were in attendance.
A moment of silence was observed in remembrance of 9/11/2001.
Motion by Bilek, second by Johnson to approve the minutes of the August 14th Board Meeting and the August 16th Special Meeting as presented. Carried unanimously.
A discussion took place regarding plans for clearing in the road and utility right of ways along Northview Harbor Drive. Residents spoke about maintaining the natural character of the road and expressed concern about disruption to the trees & vegetation during the clearing. Chairman Peterson related that the Township is coordinating with Crow Wing Power to get the powerline area cleared and had asked them to do the work after October 1st to minimize effect to vegetation. Once they have finished their work, the Township will decide whether further clearing along the road is needed. Peterson will work with the residents to keep them informed of plans. After the road right of way is brought to a reasonable standard, the Township will begin the modified mowing protocol as requested by the residents.
Peterson also gave the residents an update on plans to set the official speed limit of the road to 25 mph under the “Residential Roadway” provision of state statute. He had confirmed with the County that the road is less than one-half mile long and therefore does qualify for the designation. The road will be posted this month and the formal resolution declaring the speed limit will be considered at next meeting.
A resident asked about the status of Mallard Way off of West Shore Drive and whether the Township could help resolve some drainage issues there. Peterson will check the status of the road, take a look at the issue, and get back to the resident.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Planning & Zoning report as follows:
- Discussed the zoning classification change and variance requests by Scholz regarding the Beacon Shores Resort property. Motion by Bilek, second by Johnson to recommend approval with no conditions. Carried unanimously.
Chairman Peterson presented the Road and Bridge report as follows:
- Salt shed is completed, in-time and under budget. Total cost was under $50,000.
- The salt supply for winter is on order to be purchased through the state cooperative purchasing contract.
- The paperwork to support the new turnarounds at the end of Trout Lake Drive and Wabigoniss Shores Road is complete. Anderson Brothers will pave them soon.
- Received complaints about potholes on Buschmann Road so will check them out.
- Working on road construction plans for 2018 so that the Township can coordinate with the County on getting the work done. Working under the County’s contract has potential of considerable cost savings.
- All the mowing is done for the year except for Northview Harbor Drive which will be done after October 1.
- The maintenance crew has switched to its winter schedule of 5 days per week.
- There were no safety incidents.
Chief Schultz presented the Fire Department report as follows:
- There were 9 calls during August – 5 fire; 4 first responder. Year to date count is 77 down from 91 by this time last year. Fire calls were for a jet ski accident, a UTV accident, a gas line cut and two false alarms.
- Ordering new turnout gear for two new members.
- Two new members have completed their probationary periods - TJ Lokstad & Gretchen Ruby.
- The retirement of one member is completed - Ron Schultz.
- The Department is looking for more new members.
- Working on purchase of replacement rescue ATV & trailer for Station 2. Expect total cost to the Township to be about $15,000. Timothy Township has pledged $1500 to go towards this purchase. The Board agreed Schultz should proceed with the purchase.
- Discussed possibility of having a water tank set up to facilitate periodic testing of pumping equipment and training on pumping procedures. Will look at a possible location and get estimates from local contractors.
- The Department completed a review of its ISO rating with no change.
- There were no safety incidents.
Supervisor Bilek presented the Transfer Station/Recycling Center report as follows:
- August 2017 receipts of $7243. Total year to date receipts are $50,310. Permits issued in August was 56; year to date total is 1003.
- The Station has started its Fall hours – Wednesdays & Saturdays 8am – 4pm. Will continue until November 15.
- Clerk is working on deploying the iPads for the Station.
Supervisor Johnson presented the Buildings, Grounds, Parks & Recreation report as follows:
- The new buck-a-bout has been installed in the playground.
- Standby generator equipment has been ordered and working to have it installed soon. Purchase and install to be managed by Generator Power Systems of Baxter. Generator is equipped to be quickly switched from natural gas to propane fuel.
Supervisor Johnson reported on Legislative & Research issues as follows:
- Looking to get a status update on the renewal of the Charter/Spectrum franchise authorization.
Motion by Bilek, second by Johnson to accept the treasurer’s report for August as presented. Report includes receipts #5423 through #5447 totaling $34,714.56 and disbursements #SL080117 through #21464 for total of $251,558.16. Carried unanimously. The Clerk gave notice that the 2018 Levy has been certified with the County Auditor’s Office at $978,000.
Motion by Bilek, second by Peterson to approve the August claims as presented; claims #43110 through #43149 totaling $49,93.19. Carried unanimously.
The Clerk presented a series of correspondence items as follows:
- Notice of State PERA Rate Increase Aid to be paid in 2018 for $408.
- Notice of service rate increase from Courri & Ruppe.
- The annual renewal of the consolidated coverage policy was received to be effective 11/1/17. The total premium is $15,281.
Upcoming calendar items were reviewed as follows:
- The October Board meeting on Monday, October 9 at 7pm.
- The MN Public Utilities Hearing regarding Enbridge Line 3 on October 25.
There being no further business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
Ideal Township Clerk-Treasurer
October 6th, 2017