December 13, 2022 Township Board Meeting Minutes (unapproved)

December 13, 2022 Township Board Meeting Minutes
Pequaywan Fire Hall
8764 Pequaywan Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Meeting was called to order by Charles Kuettel at 7:12 pm.

Attendance
Officers: Supervisor Charles Kuettel, Supervisor Donald Swanstrom, Treasurer Carol Nelson, Deputy Treasurer Ed Potter, Clerk Amber Cruz, and Deputy Clerk Diana Potter
Guests: Gloria Redborn

Clerk’s Report
November 1, 2022 Minutes for approval. A guest’s name was corrected as well as a correction on future meeting date. A motion to accept the November 1, 2022 minutes was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Kuettel. The motion carried 2-0-1

Treasurer’s Report
November 2022
Total Funds on hand as of 11/01/2022 (includes Investments)     $217,278.83
Plus: Deposits                                                                                    $21,757.24
Interests on Accounts                                        $66.09
SLC Auditor – tax apportionment                $21,345.05
SLC Auditor – year end advance                   $346.10
Less: Disbursements                                                                          $2,060.02
Payroll                                                                     $313.98
SLC – First half snowplow                             $1,121.25
Other Expenses                                                   $624.79

Total Funds on hand as of 11/30/2022                                                   $236,976.05    October checks written # 1834-1841

December 2022
Deposits – None expected
Disbursements – $2,359.34
Checks written # 1841-1854
No transfers to the Checking Account will be needed

A motion to accept the report was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Kuettel. The motion carried 2-0-1

Old Business

  • Update on West Branch Rd: The application submitted to St Louis County for snowplowing was accepted and approved.
  • Upcoming Meetings: Board of Audit Meeting at the Pequaywan Fire Hall is February 21, 2023 at 7 pm. This meeting will be followed by the Budget meeting at 7:45pm. The Annual Township Meeting at the Pequaywan Fire Hall is March 14, 2023 at 8:30 pm. This meeting will be followed by the Township Board Meeting at 9 pm. The Board of Canvass meeting will be March 14, 2023 at 9:15 pm.
  • Upcoming township election and annual board meeting. Filings for candidacy notices have been posted. The Annual Board meeting will be at 8:30 pm on March 14, 2023
  • Website review: Clerk and Daisy Wallace will continue to work on updating the website with resolutions

New Business

  • Gregory Planting request to vacate a portion of the River Road near the West Branch Road. Currently, the Township does not have an opinion, but it is subject to change
  • Notice of Hearing by K&K LLC to vacate a portion of Pequaywan Drive near Cummings Beach. The hearing is to take place at the St Louis County Courthouse on January 19, 2023 at 9 am.
  • Consent form from Frontier Communications. Motion to approve the consent form was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Kuettel. The motion carried 2-0-1
  • Resolution designating Pequaywan Fire Hall as the election polling place was created. Resolution # 2022-001. Resolution passed 2-0-1

Correspondence
Received

  • Email from Kristin Fogard with the 2022 Noxious Weed annual report
  • Invoice for website maintenance from Daisy Wallace in the amount of $61.25
  • Email from Carrie Olsen of Frontier communications with a consent form for the board to review and sign
  • Email from Phil Chapman of St Louis County Elections with information on write- in procedures for the election on November 8, 2022
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections with information/updates on write- in procedures for the election on November 8, 2022
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections with revised write- in procedure information for the election on November 8, 2022
  • Email from St Louis County that the application for snowplowing the Township resubmitted was accepted
  • Email from Phil Chapman of St Louis County Elections containing the MN Secretary of State Apparel Guide for the election on November 8, 2022
  • Email from Pequaywan resident Al Ringer expressing safety concerns about Pequaywan Lake Road
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections stating that the election rosters are available for pickup
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships with information from MN Secretary of State regarding election judges
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections with write -in review training for the election on November 8, 2022
  • Forwarded email from Lora Skarman with information on Board of Appeal and Equalization training
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections on election night materials return procedure
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections on the final registered write-ins
  • Email from Gary Gustafson of St Louis County Auditors Office with absentee ballot roster updates
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships on the passing of a former MAT Executive Director
  • Email from Brenda George of St Louis Elections with update to absentee ballot roster
  • Email from St Louis County containing information on applying for Minnesota broadband line extension funding
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections with information on Canvassing and Abstract reports
  • Email from Phil Chapman of St Louis County Elections containing information of reported anonymous phone calls going out to precincts fishing for secured information
  • Email from St Louis County stating that the Township’s snowplow application has been accepted
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County elections with post-election review
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships with the November 2022 newsletter
  • Hand delivery to Supervisor Charles Kuettel a request from Gregory Planting to vacate the portion of River Rd roadway on his property
  • Email from Jonathan Belvins of St Louis County Elections with a reminder that polling place resolutions are due by 12/31/2022
  • Invoice from Daisy Wallace for website maintenance in the amount of $55.00
  • Email from Minnesota Association of Townships announcing: MAT-U, a new online training model
  • Email from Cathy Rouleau of St Louis County Association of Townships containing the codes and phone numbers for the St Louis County meetings for 2023
  • Email from Cathy Rouleau of St Louis County Association of Townships containing the minutes for the SCLAT meeting on 9/28/2022
  • Email from Minnesota Association of Townships with an invitation to township day at the capitol on February 1 and 2 2023
  • Email from Minnesota Association of Townships with information on the application for grant funding for wellness and fitness
  • Letter from Minnesota Department of Revenue on annual tax withholdings

Sent

  • Phone call to St Louis County Auditor’s Office/Elections with the election results

Public Comment
Safety concern about a portion of Pequaywan Lake Road was emailed into the township. Kuettel will talk to the resident of portion of the road in the spring

Upcoming Meeting
Township Board Meeting January 10, 2023 at 7pm

Motion to adjourn was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Kuettel. The motion carried 2-0-1

Meeting was adjourned by Kuettel at 8:20 pm

Respectfully Submitted by
Amber Cruz, Township Clerk