Minutes: August 10, 2021 Regular Board Meeting
Presented for approval at the September 14, 2021 Board Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Michelle Meis and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Supervisor’s present includes John Paitl and Betsy Rising. Treasurer/Clerk Mary Dillner and Deputy Treasurer Mary Winter were also present. Absent from meeting were Supervisor Stan Iskierka and Branden Mell.
Motion to approve the agenda by John Paitl, seconded by Betsy Rising. Approved.
Motion to approve the minutes by Betsy Rising, seconded by John Paitl. Approved.
Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by John Paitl seconded, by Betsy Rising. Approved.
Motion to approve paying bills by Betsy Rising seconded, by John Paitl. Approved.
Residents Larry & Barb Emmerich request approval to increase existing garage size to eliminate parking on edge of street
Motion to approve the increase in existing garage size by John Paitl, seconded by Betsy Rising. Approved.
Residents Richard & Colleen Roloff request approval to remove old cabin, garage, sidewalk and patio. Build new cabin with attached garage, move holding tank further from lake if possible.
Motion to approve removal of old cabin, garage, sidewalk and patio, then build new cabin with attached garage and move holding tank further from lake by Betsy Rising, seconded by John Paitl. Approved.
Mark Ferris inquired about dust control on Clover Trail. Whose responsibility is the dust control and are there any other options to use other than chloride for dust control? Lengthy discussion followed. Board reiterated that the dust control is the responsibility of Flickabird’s owner. County enforces the dust control on Clover Trail. The contract does not specify the type of dust control to use. Anything other than chloride must be approved by Township Board. Speed limit sign has been installed by township on Clover Trail. Mark asked if speed bumps could be installed. The board stated this is not beneficial on a dirt road and would be a hazard to install speed bumps, grading and snowplowing would be difficult. In attendance with Mark Ferris were Tracie Ferris and Tara Focht.
Sheriff Brandon Thyen attended updating the Board. Earlier this year Sheriff Brandon was in attendance at a board meeting. Sheriff Brandon circled back on Parking Ordinance that was approved ensuring it is working. Sherriff’s office is very busy attending public events throughout the county. Sheriff Brandon stated they have 1 FT Deputy assigned to Recreation and 1 half time Deputy assigned. Every day of the year they have a deputy assigned to recreation (lakes, trails and snowmobiles). They also have grant money that we will put additional Deputies during the busiest times. Last year they saw more people on our lakes and trails. This year is not as bad as last year but it is still up there. Number one complaint is traffic. Agency is trying to be more proactive with traffic. Busiest time of the year is Memorial Day to Labor Day. Speed related and fatalities across the state are through the roof. In Sherriff’s Brandon budget for capital projects is to acquire another radar trailer. Sheriff Brandon is very involved and active in traffic control, this is one of his initiatives. Sherriff Brandon is very willing to attend any of the board meetings at our request.
Road Maintenance Report
- Lots of road grading completed.
- Put up 911 and speed limit signs.
- Spoke with Joe Triplett and the pile of material in lot will be gone in 3 to 4 weeks.
- They will be grinding from one end of County Rd 4 to the other.
- When the go to pave they will pave the entire road.
- They will pave100 feet into each road.
- Finished 507th graveling and now working on Balsam.
- Once finished they will do sweeping on Bayview.
- Road Committee – Seal coating complete on Bayview.
- Budget Committee – No update at this time.
- Contract Committee – No update at this time.
- Policy Committee – No update at this time.
- Motion to approve Mary Winter as Township Clerk by John Paitl, seconded by Betsy Rising. Approved. Mary Winter was sworn in as Nessel Township Clerk at this time.
- ARPA funds Update by Michelle Meis. We have not applied yet. Chisago county is having an in-depth meeting on the use of the funds. Attending will be Michelle, Mary Dillner and Mary Winter. Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is offering to apply for the funds for all townships for a minimal cost of $10.00/1st hour. Estimate to only take one hour.
Motion to approve using MAT to apply for ARPA funds by Betsy Rising, seconded by John Paitl. Approved.
- Resolution – Requesting state of Minnesota to Deed Tax Forfeited Land to Nessel Township. Motion to approve request to state of Minnesota to Deed Tax Forfeited Land to Nessel Township by John Paitl, seconded by Betsy Rising. Approved.
- Minnesota Association of Township District meeting August 12th. Michelle Meis plans on attending via zoom. Betsy Rising will also plan on attending.
Motion to adjourn by Betsy Rising, seconded by John Paitl at 8:11 pm. Approved.