Minutes: December 12, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
Presented for approval at the January 9, 2024, Board Meeting

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, Doug Johnson and Betsy Rising, Branden Mell joined virtually. Clerk Heather Sward was also present.  Absent: Mary Dillner, Treasurer.


Motion to approve the agenda with additions by Betsy Rising, seconded by Stan Iskierka.  Approved.

Board Meeting Minutes

Motion to approve the November 14, 2023, regular board meeting minutes by Stan Iskierka, seconded by Betsy Rising.  Approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Betsy Rising. seconded by Doug Johnson.  Approved.


Motion to approve paying presented bills with the correction of voiding the Sign Solutions disbursement by Betsy Rising. seconded by Stan Iskierka.  Approved.

Variance/Plat Requests

  • None presented.

Open Forum

  • None

Road Maintenance Report

  • Muddy Gap Hollow has been finished spreading gravel.
  • Working on scraping roads and keeping washboards down.
  • Doing minimal grading.

Committee Reports

  1. Road Committee
  • No updates at this time.
  1. Budget Committee
  • The annual working budget meeting was held December 1, 2023, at 9:00 am.
  • In the absence of Mary Dillner, Chair Michelle Meis reviewed the proposed 2025 budget.
  • The proposed 2025 levy is $886,500.00.
  • Branden Mell inquired about the status of Fish Lake Township’s Blue Heron Trail pavement project.
  • Bring any questions or concerns to the January meeting.
  1. Contract Committee
  • No updates at this time.
  1. Policy Committee
  • No updates at this time.
  1. Clerk’s Township Update
  • The Clerk presented a monthly report of the township’s happenings.
  • It is recommended by MAT that the township adopt a retention resolution/policy.   Heather will look it this for a future meeting.
  • 2024 meeting dates will be posted.

Old Business

  1. Private Road Plowing:
    1. Shorewood Park Sanitary District: No discussion.   
    1. Bayview North: No discussion.
  1. South Bay CUP:  Branden Mell updated the board that Dan Dahlberg provided an update that the County does not feel the change in use was great enough to warrant a change in the CUP.  It was also noted that Nessel Township’s conditions of the Flickabirds CUP regarding dust control was not added to the CUP, as the CUP was for the building on the shed only.
  1. LRIP Funding – Clover Trail: Branden Mell submitted the LRIP application.
  1. Earned Sick & Safe Time (ESST) – Minnesota Statute 181.9445 requires Minnesota employers to provide paid sick and safe time leave to employees who work at least 80 hours per year effective January 1, 2024.   The board reviewed the three (3) options presented.  
    Motion to adopt option #1: employees earn 1-hour ESST for every 30 hours worked.  Nessel Township will permit employees to carryover accrued but unused ESST into the following year, expect that such accrued but unused time shall not exceed 80 hours at any time by Michelle Meis, seconded by Betsy Rising. Approved.

New Business

  1. Other: There has been discussion in the township regarding Fish Lake’s plan to pave roads.  Michelle Meis will reach out to her contact to confirm what their plan is.    

Motion to adjourn by Stan Betsy Rising, seconded by Stan Iskierka at 7:43. Approved.