May 8, 2018 | Township Board Meeting

Call to OrderMeeting was called to order at 7:34 p.m. by Chair Don Swanstrom.

Present: Chair Donald Swanstrom, Supervisor Scott Mead, Supervisor Charles Kuettel, Treasurer Ray Barnes and Clerk Lita Wallace. Others in attendance: two residents and one non-resident.

Clerk’s Report: Minutes of April meeting was presented and reviewed. Motioned by Mead to approve minutes, seconded by Kuettel, with corrections,  motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Barnes reported the following:

APRIL 2018:
Total Cash on hand as of 04/01/2018 – $259,081.38
Plus: Deposits – $217.78
Less Disbursements (April) – $2,698.10
Total Cash on hand as of 04/30/2018 – $256,601.06
April Check # 1329 – 1336

Swanstrom motioned to approve April Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Mead, motion carried.

MAY 2018
Claims (May) – $965.02
May Check # 1337 – 1346

Old Business

  • Reminder: LBAE (Local Board of Appeals & Equalization) meeting scheduled May 9, 5-6 p.m. Pequaywan Fire Department

New Business

  • Approval of May 2018 Claims – Swanstrom motioned to approve May 2018 Claims, seconded by Mead, motion carried.
  • Discussion on the closed access of the county gravel pit and possible future use of the Township land – Richard Arndt, a resident (who in 2006 had volunteered to administer the  brush pile in the county land in agreement with Pequaywan Township, Pequaywan Fire & EMS and Pequaywan Lakes  Association), presented that Randy Roff, St. Louis County Forester, advised him that the township can no longer use the gravel pit for brush pile due to the upcoming road construction this year. They will be using it for their equipment and machinery. Mead then  motioned not to have Brush Day this year, Kuettel seconded, motion carried. Public announcement will be posted in posting places that there will be no Brush Day in 2018 and residents must not bring brush to the gravel pit. Also, request the Pequaywan Lakes Association assistance in contacting residents via email and/or website.
  • Discuss process for determining action to be taken on township property – suggestions were: a walking path, fire pit, and  community garden.
  • LBAE online training for board members available on July 1
  • General Election for federal and state offices is scheduled on November 6, 2018 at Pequaywan Firehall starting at 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Tree Planting – Mead reported that it will take 1-2 years to have new growth in the town property which can be sprayed with herbicide this year to kill the new growth We can use the contractor, Future Forest, that St. Louis County uses, cost is $75 per acre to spray herbicide. By 2019, new trees could be planted and depending on what kind of tree, cost will run from $400.00 to $750.00 per acre. For long range planning, we would like to have Pequaywan Lakes Association be involved. Mead will talk with its leadership and discuss this issue further at next meeting.
  • Weed Inspector – Barnes reminded the importance of complying with weed inspection according to a MN Statute and must be conducted by a professional. Swanstrom is the weed inspector but he said that he does not have a background for it. He motioned to hire a professional weed inspector and inspect the minimum required 10-15 hours. Mead seconded, motion carried.


Wallace reported the correspondences received during this month:

  1. May 2018 Update Newsletter (via email) from Minnesota Association of Towships re-Events and Trainings, Legislative Updates, schedule of free septic system and well management workshops from UMD and MDH (see list of workshops below)
  2. Email from St. Louis County Elections Department re-instruction to post 2018 Notice of General Election listing positions for election on November 6
  3. Email from St. Louis County Elections Department re-delivery of Automark/M100 to St. Louis County for maintenance
  4. Email from SLCAT (St. Louis County Association of Townships) – minutes of April meeting and notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Officers on May 23 at Cotton Community Center
  5. Email from a resident for real estate appeal
  6. Bill from Minnesota Association of Townships for $50, registration for Spring Short Course attendance

Sent: None

Public Comment: None 

Next Meeting: June 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Pequaywan Fire Department, 8764 Pequaywan Lake Road

 Motion to Adjourn – Mead motioned to adjourn at 8:30 p.m., seconded by Swanstrom, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,
Lita Wallace, Town Clerk


Free septic system and well management workshops from UMN and MDH

The University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program and the Minnesota Department of Health are offering FREE septic system and private well homeowner education classes across Minnesota.

The classes will cover the basics of how septic systems function, well water testing, and how to help protect your well from contamination sources. It will also provide property owners information on chemicals of emerging concern (CEC) including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and the potential impact on ground and surface water. Information on proper maintenance of both septic systems and private drinking water systems will be covered to help property owners protect their investments and the environment. A representative from the county will be present to answer any questions you may have related to the local ordinance and related programs.

Below is the list of locations and local contacts for more information:

May 9, 2018

Douglas County Lake Association
Douglas County Public Works
526 Willow Dr, Alexandria, MN
Contact: Pat Schultz, email: / Phone: 320-762-3868

June 5, 2018
Lake County
Law Enforcement Center
613 Third Avenue, Two Harbors, MN
Contact: Emily Nelson, Email: / Phone: 651-249-5868 / Christine McCarthy,
Email: \ Phone: 218 -834-8322.

June 6, 2018
Cook County
7401 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN
Contact: Irene Mullen, Email:,

June 6, 2018
Cook County
Grand Marais Community Center
317 W. 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN
Contact: Irene Mullen: Email:

June 14, 2018
Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building
2200 23rd Street NE Willmar, MN
Contact: Eric VanDyken, Email: / Phone: 320-905-4489, 320-231-6229, ext. 5257

June 28, 2018
Itasca Waters
Wabana Town Hall
36463 Hunter Drive, Grand Rapids, MN
Contact: Patty Gould St. Aubin, Email: / Phone: 218-259-1603

October 2, 2018
Washington County
Hooley Hall
12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN
Contact: Stephanie Souter, Kati Hallerman Email: / / Phone: 651-430-6655

November 6, 2018
Dakota County
Extension & Conservation Center
4100 220th Street W Ste 101, Farmington, MN
Contact: Emily Gable, Email: / Phone: 952-891-7008

March 7, 2019
Blue Earth County/Nicollet County
Blue Earth Government Center
410 South 5th Street, Mankato, MN
Contact: Pete Otterness, Email: / Phone: 507-934-7076