October 13, 2015 | Township Board Meeting

Board members – Scott Mead, Lee Kaplan, Don Swantstrom, Kim Hand, Lita Wallace
Number of residents – 4
non-residents – 1

Call to order by Scott at 7:30 p.m.

CLERK’S REPORT – September Meeting minutes was read by Lita. Motion to approve by Lee, seconded by Scott, motion carried.

September 2015 Treasurer’s Report

$   256,117.41         Total Cash On-Hand on 8/31/15
+            910.05           Deposits
(         1,017.16)         Expenditures
$     256,010.30         Total Cash On-Hand on 9/30/15

Motion to approve by Scott, seconded by Lee, motion carried.


Rick Fry’s resignation letter submitted during the August meeting states that his last day will be October 13 or whenever a temporary replacement is found. Don Swanstrom, a resident, has volunteered to serve the balance of Rick’s term. Don was sworn in by Lita. Lee made a motion for Scott to serve as the new Board Chair, Don seconded, motion carried.

During the Special Primary Election for Representative 3-A held on September 29, 34 residents voted out of 110. Two used the Automark. Election judges completed Election Training which was submitted to St. Louis County to record their certification which is good for two years.

Lee motion, Don seconded, motion carried, to increase the hourly compensation for outside meeting work for the Treasurer and Clerk to $20 due to the complexity of duties they perform at a professional level including CTAS, the online accounting system of the State of Minnesota and also to make it competitive with other townships. As an example, nearby townships gets paid $100.00 or more for monthly Board meetings compared to Pequaywan Townships at $25.00

To keep our balance at SCCU under the $250,000 limit for federal insurance, Lee motioned to open a CD account with Affinity Credit Union in the amount of $8,000 for a 12-month term, seconded by Scott, motion carried.

At a meeting attended by Lee and Scott with County Commissioner Tom Rukavina, they had a chance to ask him whether Pequaywan Township would need to write him a letter to request cutting the dead trees on West Branch Road and they were told that a letter is not needed.

Bill Hudson of Carlson Logging stated early this year that logging will be done early summer 2015, then early fall, but nothing has been done yet as of this time. They had paid $300. Since their contract is good until July 2016, there was a discussion whether we should buy out the contract and refund their $300 or wait until next July. We also need to clarify whether the loggers will be cleaning the brush or not. A former supervisor involved with the contract mentioned that the loggers are not required to remove the brush. However, the logging company said that they will.


The Board meeting normally starts at 7:30 p.m. but due to the Special General Election for Representative 3-A scheduled the same day on December 8 with closing time of 8:00 p.m., the Board meeting will instead be starting at 8:30 p.m. to give time for the Election Judges to complete their tasks.

Claims Report for October is $1,427.01.  Motioned by Scott, seconded by Don, motion carried.


Next meeting: Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Pequaywan Fire Hall

Motion to Adjourn by Scott at 8:30 p.m., seconded by Lee, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by
Lita Wallace, Township Clerk