Minutes: October 8, 2019 Regular Board Meeting

Presented for approval at the November 12, 2019 Board Meeting


October meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Michelle Meis with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Supervisors present included, Brandon Mell, Betsy Rising and John Paitl.  Also present were Treasurer Mary Dillner and Deputy Clerk Kelli Storck. Not present were Jared Landon and Clerk Stan Iskierka.

Agenda (Additions or Changes)

Motion by Paitl seconded by Mell to approve Agenda.  Approved.

Approve Minutes

Motion by Mell seconded by Paitl to approve September Minutes. Approved.


Treasurer’s Report

      Motion by Paitl seconded by Rising to approve Treasurer’s Report. Approved.


Motion by Rising seconded by Paitl to approve paying bills.  Approved.

Maintenance Report

  • Graded various roads
  • Graded new gravel (540th st)
  • Picked up trash at various sites and days
  • Hauled gravel for Apple Ave
  • Installed street signs
  • Worked on frost boils (487th Ave)
  • Removed culvert not needed (Balsam Ave) 
  • Ditch mowing

Motion by Rising seconded by Paitl to approve Maintenance Report. Approved.

Road Committee

  • Belle Isle – Rising to have Muddy Gap to check clogged culvert on Bell Isle.
  • Blue Heron/487th Ave – Tree trimmer to trim or remove trees next week, Rising to meet with Fish Lake Township to make sure we are removing and tree trimming the correct trees.
  • Bayview Ave – Resident asked if Bayview Ave, the private part of the road, could be graded. They were told to talk with Muddy Gap Hollow as the Township does not grade private roads.
  • Anchor Ave – Meis said there should be some patching on Anchor Ave.

    Policy Committee

  • Policy Manual – The manual was updated to state that the Township Chairperson will also be the Road Committee Chairperson.

   Old Business

  • Broadband – Last month Nessel Township Board asked Ehlers Inc., a Municipal Financial Advisor, to work up a cost for parcel owners on the assessment they would have to pay if broadband was brought into Nessel Township. Century Link cost to Nessel Township would be $1,500,000 to bring broadband into Nessel Township. With interest the cost for the bond will increase for the resident to about $2,620,000. There are two ways to charge the parcels in the Township: One is to assess all parcels (property tax) and the other is to use Special Service District Assessment on just the residents of Nessel Township. There was discussion about cost but the Board needs more information. There was discussion about having special meetings to inform the residents and how to get the information out. There would have to be an election by the residents and who would be able to vote.
  • Residents Comments – a) Homeowners should have a choice if they want broadband or not. b) Some residents have the internet and they are satisfied with what they have. c) Some residents do not need the internet. d) How long are prices guaranteed? e) Who should pay for broadband? f) Some people have more then one parcel, will they be charged for each parcel?  g) Would they install cable on private roads? h) Who pays for damage to land, trees, landscaping? i) Will it cost to bring cable into the home and who pays for this? There are a lot of questions to be answered. 
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – At the 2019 Annual Meeting it was approved to buy an AED. Rush Lake Association offered to buy the AED and install it in the Town Hall but they would like a Resolution from the Township that states that Rush Lake Association could remove the AED off site if they need it. This will be discussed at the next month meeting.

Motion by Rising seconded by Paitl to Adjourn at 8:35 pm. Approved.