January 11, 2022 Township Board Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2022 Township Board Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 7:32 pm by Charles Kuettel

Attendance
Officers: Supervisor Charles Kuettel, supervisor Donald Swanson, supervisor Douglas Dressen, clerk Amber Cruz and treasurer Carol Nelson
Guests: Raymond Barnes, Darrel Brooks and Dan Ahonen

Clerk’s Report
The following change was made to the December minutes: Under New Business- upcoming meetings the date was changed from March 9, 2022 to March 8, 2022. Motion to accept the December minutes to include the change was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Dressen, the motion carried 3-0-0

Treasurer’s Report
December 2021
Total Funds on hand as of 12/01/2021 (Includes Investments    $184,828.56
Plus: Deposits                                                             $18,495.43
Year End Advance                             $367.22
Oct 21 Tax Apportionment                 $17,237.28
MN Township Aid                             $826.50
Interest on Accounts                           $64.43
Less: Disbursements                                                   $1065.46
Payroll                                                 $987.46
Other Expenses                                   $78.00
Total Funds on hand as of 12/21/2021                                       6y57/$202,858.53
December checks # 1735-1743

January 2022
Deposits (January) – $0
Claims (January)    – $18,057.28
January Checks # 1744-1743
No transfers to the Checking Account will be needed

Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was provided by Swanstrom. The motion was seconded by Dressen, the motion carried 3-0-0

Old Business

  • Update on deputy treasurer, deputy clerk and election judge openings: Ed Potter applied to be the deputy treasurer. The deputy clerk position had no formal applications, therefor, a previous deputy clerk, Stephanie Teek, will be contacted to see if she is interested in the position again. There were no applicants for election judges.
  • Update on the township website: The following changes will be made to the website- 1. On the main page, 3rd paragraph everything is to be changed to read as follows “during Covid 19 pandemic, board meetings maybe held at the fire hall, via telephone conference or other sites. View our website for updated information” 2. Main page,  Administration of two land parcels bordering between East of  Pequaywan Lake road and South of the Rossini road. Change map to show this. Main page / menu- Township Government / About Pequaywan / Township Land Parcel / Plans for Land Parcel –  remove all except 1st paragraph. Add the following-

The Township bought the parcel north of the original property in 2020 , for access from the Rossini road.

Currently, these parcels are used for a tantalizing walking path and access from the Rossini road to our tree/ brush burn pile that is open to the public several times a year.

  • Upcoming meetings: reminder of the January 25, 2022 Board of Audit meeting at 7 pm and the Budget meeting at 7:45 pm
  • Pequaywan Fire Department will be requesting a levy/budget of $18,000 this year. That is an increase of $1,500 from last year. The roof of the firehall needs repairs done as well as some gear updated and training for new volunteers. This will be discussed in greater detail at the Budget meeting on January 25, 2022
  • Posting township information: The new owner of the Pequaywan Inn, Nickolas Alexander, has been contacted and will let the clerk know where the new bulletin board will be located and the dimensions the board can be.

New Business

  • Training for all officers: Spring short course are in Duluth April 1, 2022

Correspondence
Received

  • Email from John Belvins, elections information specialist from St Louis County containing the permanent absentee ballot list
  • Email from John Belvins, elections information specialist from St Louis County with a reminder of the last day to post public notice of elections
  • Email from Ed Potter expressing interest in the deputy treasurer position. Email contained letter if interest as well as resume
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships containing the December 2021 newsletter
  • Email from St Louis County Elections Office with a reminder to send a copy of the polling place resolution.
  • Invoice in the amount of $23.75 from Daisy Wallace for website administration
  • Email from Kathy Docter of the Office of the State Auditor with notice of CTAS 2022 Tax Tables being available for import
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships on the upcoming training on ARPA spending resolutions on Wednesday, January
  • Email from Kristin Fogard on the 2021 Township and City year end invasive reports
  • Email from the Minnesota Association of Townships on the ARPA Federal Guidance change
  • Message from Jenni Snell on the open clerk position

Sent

  • Email to Ed Potter confirming his letter of interest for the deputy clerk position as well as his resume
  • Message to Jenni Snell on the open clerk position
  • Email to St Louis County Elections department with the Polling Place designation resolution

Public Comments
The cross-county ski trail has been groomed

Next Meeting
Board of Audit Meeting January 25, 2022 at 7 pm

Township Budget Meeting January 25, 2022 at 7:45 pm

Township Board Meeting February 8, 2022 at the Pequaywan firehall. The location will be reassessed 2 weeks prior to February 8, 2022 Township Board meeting. Any changes in location will be made at that time in accordance with Minnesota Association of Townships and the State of Minnesota

Motion to adjourn the meeting was provided y Dressen. The motion was seconded by Swanstrom, the motion carried 3-0-0

Meeting was adjourned by Kuettel at 8:05 pm

Respectfully submitted by,
Amber Cruz, Clerk