June 13, 2017 | Township Board Meeting

ATTENDANCE: Supervisors Scott Mead, Lee Kaplan, Donald Swanstrom, Treasurer Ray Barnes and Clerk Lita Wallace. Number of residents (2) – non-residents (2)

AGENDA: Meeting was called to order by Chair Scott Mead at 7:30 p.m.

CLERK’S REPORT: Copies of May Minutes were provided for those present to review. Motioned to approve by Mead and seconded by Swanstrom, motion carried unanimously.


254,561.74         Total Cash on-hand as of 4/30/2017
         53.63           Adjustment-interest of 3-year certificate as of 4/30/2017
254,615.37         Adjusted Total Cash on-hand as 4/30/2017
210.80          Deposit
     1,900.59        Disbursements
252,925.58        Total Cash-on hand as of 5/31/2017

Donald motioned to approve, second by Lee, motion carried, motion carried unanimously


  • Update on West Branch Road work –  The supervisors received a ballpark figure amount only and not an estimate. More discussions to follow about the work to be done.
  • Township land clearing – work is being done at the present time and 2 ½ more weeks to go and they will be done. The place looks real nice.
  • Weed Inspection (Minnesota Noxious Weed Law) –Minnesota Noxious Weed Law requires that noxious weeds should be controlled by the home owner. Information is available at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Website.
  • Replacing an Election Judge – A resident has volunteered to be an Election Judge whenever one of the current judges leave the township.
  • Scott and Donald added as signatories to Credit Union accounts – a date has been set for them to go to the credit union to sign the forms.
  • Software installed in township laptops – Raymond Barnes installed Kaspersky (internet security program) and CCleaner (helps speed up laptop and get rid of unwanted files) were installed in the two laptops used by the treasurer and clerk. Cost is $74.72/year up to three computers, laptops or other devices.


  • St. Louis County is requiring that they conduct Town Road Inspections for Winter Maintenance by Public Works – The letter received from the county states that due to new and larger snow plow trucks they have, they would be inspecting the areas they plow for greater space needs for maneurability. This means that the township would need to have the turnaround widened for the county to plow for us.
  • Treasurer inquiry on payment of payroll for meeting attendance paid at the end of each quarter – the same process will be used but in case of emergency and the board member is not able to attend, it will be adjusted in the next quarter’s pay.
  • A resident’s complaint about fireworks detonations – the resident is seeking help  from the township as he has neighbors that in the past had shoot fireworks a few days before and after July 4th and in the middle of the night. Scott responded that the township does not have enforcement  but he will talk with Pequaywan Lake Association President to compose an email together for residents requesting consideration about the use of fireworks.

JUNE CLAIMS REPORT: Check numbers 1258-1266 in the amount of $1,417.62.


Received: (1) MN Asso of Townships (MAT) Membership cards ; (2) MAT 2017 Summer Short Courses; (3) St. Lous Co. re-Town road inspections for winter maintenance by Public Works; (4) MN DNR re-Notice of Sale of State Metallic Minerals Leases; (5) Email from St. Louis Co Assessor’s Office re-minutes of LBAE meeting; (6) Invoice from Beth Peterson of St. Louis Co SWCD for working on the forested property owned by the township; (7) Invoice from St. Louis County for Automark Maintenance in the amount of $180.00.

Sent: (1) Levy for 2017/2018 form to St. Louis Co. Assesors Office; (2) letters to LBAE Appellants


NEXT MEETINg: July 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Pequaywan Fire Department, 8764 Pequaywan Lake Road

Meeting was motioned to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. by Scott, seconded by Don, motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by
Lita Wallace, Town Clerk