Minutes: November 13, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

Presented for approval at the December 11, 2018 Board Meeting


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

Agenda (Additions or Changes) 


  • Added the mailbox policy to line F in “Old Business.” 

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

Approve Minutes 

Motion by Mell seconded by Rising to approve October Minutes. Approved.


Treasurer’s Report

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


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

Maintenance Report

  • Graded roads 
  • General road maintenance 
  • Installed blue signs on Belle Isle
  • Asphalt patching on Anchor
  • Replaced signs
  • Sanded some intersections 
  • Installed Rough Road signs on Anchor
  • Placed temporary Stop Sign that was run over on Balsam/Pine County Rd. 101 and contacted Pine County to make them aware. 
  • Plowed Town Hall lot and cleaned up the sidewalk

Road Committee

  • Evergreen Court – Resident sent an email wondering if we can make the turn-around bigger. Board discussed turn around and agreed that it is built to the limit of the road easement, also there is telephone, and electric buried cable in road easement, therefore the Township cannot extend the turn- around.


Budget Committee

  • Budget – Discussed setting a date to go over the 2020 budget.  Some project suggestions were for tearing up Anchor (approx. cost 40,000) and also for chip sealing on Bayview. Iskierka will look at previous records to get an estimated cost for the chip sealing and will email everyone that will be involved in the budget meeting with a December date.

Policy Committee

  • Driveways/Culverts Resolution – Resolution 04-2018 was created/revised to clearly state Nessel Township’s policy regarding culverts, driveways, and accesses adjoining Township roads. Policy manual will reference this resolution.

Motion by Mell seconded by Rising to approve the Resolution 04-2018 for Driveways/Culverts. Approved.

  • Snow Removal – Approval needed to put an advertisement in the paper for Snow Removal Policy. This policy is also on the Township’s website.

Motion by McKenzie seconded by Rising to approve advertising the Snow Removal Policy in the paper. Approved.

  • Mailboxes – Mell will draft a resolution regarding mailboxes. He will email the draft to the Board and we will discuss it at the December meeting.

     Old Business 

  • Hall Rental Agreement – Updates were made and added to the Policy Manual which was previously approved.
  • Blue Signs – The blue address signs are up on Belle Isle. Locating has been started on Bayview.  Approximately 110 signs will go up on Bayview and everything west of it. 
  • Alpine Avenue – Mell talked to the engineer about completing the work on Alpine. Sutcliff drove by and saw that some shoulder work was done and also that gravel was added to the approach.
  • City of Harris – Clerk from the City of Harris was unable to make it to our meeting.  City of Harris said that they were sorry for not notifying us in regards to the cost and that it will not happen again. Approval needed to pay $4318.83 to the City of Harris for one-half of the Class 5 aggregate that was delivered and spread on 480th Street by Knife River. 

Motion by Mell seconded by McKenzie to pay the invoice to the City of Harris for $4318.83 for one-half of the Class 5 aggregate that was delivered and spread on 480th Street. Approved.

  • Robert Guetschoff on Bayview Ave tore up the road and said that he is willing to pay for two 17-yard loads of gravel. We need to send a bill to Mr. Guetschoff for two 17- yard loads of gravel that was delivered by Haas Construction. 

New Business

  • Salt – Cargill said that there is a salt shortage and they will not be selling to small Townships. Iskierka talked to Chisago County and we can buy salt from them at $103.00 a ton, but we have to pick it up, therefore Sutcliff will pick the salt up. It was suggested that we mix salt and trap rock for spreading at the intersections of the paved roads as salt alone will not work in cold temperatures and then use trap rock by itself for the gravel roads. It was approved for Sutcliff to get two or three loads of salt to pile up at the Township. Iskierka talked to Dresser Trap Rock Inc. and they agreed to deliver trap rock to the Township at $30.00 a ton. 
  • Donation Resolution – A Donation Resolution is needed to accept the donation from RLIA of $1000 for the park shelter. Donation Resolution 05-2018 was set up.   

Motion by McKenzie seconded by Paitl to approve Donation Resolution 05-2018 to accept the donation from RLIA. Approved.

  • Election – Certificate for elections given to Mell and Paitl.
  • AED – Storck to research the cost to purchase an AED for the Township Hall and present it at the December meeting.
  • Joint Power Meeting – Iskierka attended the Joint Power meeting (Blue Heron SSD) with Fish Lake township board members. Next year we will need to have the center line of Blue Heron Road painted and a dip in the road will have to be checked out. It may have to be dug out and filled with proper soil and pavement.
  • Resignation – McKenzie gave his resignation due to health issues. Board thanked McKenzie for his many years of service and dedication to Nessel Township.

 Motion by Rising seconded by Paitl to adjourn at 8:15 pm.   Approved.