The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Chair Michelle Meis, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Supervisors present included Stan Iskierka, Branden Mell and Doug Johnson. Clerk Heather Sward, and Treasurer Mary Dillner were also present.

Agenda

Motion to approve the agenda by Betsy Rising, seconded by Branden Mell.  Approved.

Board Meeting Minutes

Motion to approve the March 13th, 2024 regular board meeting minutes by Stan Iskierka, seconded by Branden Mell.  Approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Betsy Rising, seconded by Branden Mell.  Approved.

Bills

Motion to approval paying of the bills with the addition of Obi’s Outdoor Maintenance in the amount of $3,221.25 for a total of $32,087.47 by Betsy Rising, seconded by Stan Iskierka.  Approved.

Treasurer, Mary Dillner requested clarification on the billing of snow plowing
services to Shorewood.  It was verified that in the contract, the township will charge
Shorewood for contracted services at the current contracted rates.

Variance Request

None at this time.

Open Forum

Resident, Nick Hammond inquired if the township checks interest rates.   

Betsy Rising mentioned that her mailbox was damaged for the second time.

Road Maintenance Report

  • Muddy Gap Hollow has been brush cutting
  • Snow was plowed during our late snow storm
  • Starting to grade roads

Committee Reports

  1. Road Committee
  • Obi’s Outdoor Maintenance did tree trimming, they did a fast, good job.
  • Brushing is now on hold and we are now grading roads.
  • Doug, John and Michelle went on the road tour.
    • We need 8,300 yards of gravel.
    • There is a lot of garbage in the ditches and trees to be removed.
    • No frost boils to date
  1. Budget Committee
  • Nothing to report.
  1. Contract Committee
  • We discussed the Muddy Gap Hollow extension for 2024-2025.  Our current extension ends on August 13, 2024. The term allows for a final 1-year extension at a 2% rate increase.

Motion to extend the Muddy Gap Hollow Maintenance contract for one (1) additional year for August of 2024 through August 2025 by Brandon Mell, seconded by Michelle Meis.  Approved.  Brandon will prepare the contract modification for approval in July or August.

  1. Policy Committee
  • Nothing to report.
  1. Clerk’s Township Update
  • The Clerk presented monthly report of the township happenings.

Old Business

  1. LRIP Project: We received a letter that we were not awarded a LRIP grant.   
  1. Water Softener: Three bids were received to replace the Culligan water softener
    due to discontinued exchange service through Culligan, Dales Heating & Appliance,
    Drip Drop Plumbing, Goebel Plumbing.  Motion to proceed with the low bid, Goebel Plumbing by Branden Mell, seconded by Betsy Rising.

New Business

  1. Liquor License Renewals: (Was addressed before Open Forum) The Rush Point Store, Flickabirds and Grump Minnow requested Township approval for the issuance of liquor
    licenses.  Resolution 02-2024 was presented. Motion to approve Resolution 02-2024 by Stan Iskierka, seconded by Branden Mell.  Approved.
  1. Approve Dust Control Policy: Motion to publish the presented dust control policy by Betsy Rising, seconded by Doug Johnson.  Approved.
  1. Approve to Publish – Chip Sealing Project: Motion to approve publishing the Chip Sealing project as presented by Betsy Rising, seconded by Doug Johnson.  Approved.
  1. Approve to Publish – Crack Sealing Project: Motion to approve publishing the Crack Sealing project as presented by Betsy Rising, seconded by Doug Johnson.  Approved.
  1. Approve to Publish – Gravel Needs: Motion to approve the request for gravel quotes for 8,000 cubic yards with 4,000 yards to be delivered by May 22, 2024 and an additional 4,000 yards to be delivered by July 19, 2024 with bids due by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 29th, 2024 with quotes to be reviewed at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 at 7:00 pm by Branden Mell, seconded by Betsy Rising.  Approved.
  1. Rush City Fire Department 2024 Contract & Billing: Motion to accept and approve the 2024 Rush City Fire Contact in the amount of $35,920.00 by Branden Mell, seconded by Betsy Rising.  Approved.
  1. Open Treasurer Position: We currently have two applicants.  We will post on Facebook to see if we can get any additional interest.
  1. LBAE Meeting: Reminder that we have the 2024 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting at the townhall on Wednesday, April 24th at 9:30 am.   The notice has been published.
  1. Other: A reminder that we have the CCATO (Chisago County Assn of Township Officers) meeting at Nessel Townhall on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 pm.   
  1. Other: Branden Mell brought forward discussion on the paving of Clover Trail.   Nessel Township was not successful in securing funding in the LRIP grant program.  Branden has had residents request that the township pave Clover Trail at the township’s expense. The board could let residents decide if they would support this project via a public hearing or at the annual meeting. Discussion was had. Motion that the board pursue a project to pave Clover Trail in line with the project that was submitted for the LRIP grant application and that the board proceed with getting the engineering done by Short Elliot Hendrickson for an amount not to exceed the amount that was estimated for the LRIP grant so the project can be designed and bid out in the calendar year 2024, so that it can be put to a vote at the annual meeting to be built in 2025 by Branden Mell, seconded by Betsy Rising.  In Favor: Mell and Rising, Opposed: Meis, Iskierka and Johnson.  Motion Failed.

Motion to adjourn by Betsy Rising, seconded by Branden Mell at 8:15. Approved.