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By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Windemere Township Supervisor Kirkeby resigns

Applicants sought to fill vacancy; letters of interest due April 5


March 28, 2019

The Windemere Township Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Supervisor Dale Kirkeby at its regular meeting Thursday, April 14. Board Chair Pete Steen said Kirkeby submitted his resignation, effective immediately, just before the meeting. Steen said the vacancy will be filled by appointment, and Township Clerk Scott Danelski said he would post the supervisor vacancy on the township’s website,

According to state statute, the position will be up for grabs again at the next annual election. Since last week the township passed at its annual election the ballot question to move the annual township elections to coincide with the general elections in November, the 2020 annual town election will be in November. That means the appointment will expire January 1, 2021.

Danelski explained he will be involved in making the appointment. “It’s the one and only time I get to vote. But ... I can’t be the tiebreaker.”

Applicants are to submit letters of interest no later than April 5.

Speed limit set

The township board approved reducing the speed on Sturgeon Island Road to 30 mph. Other suggestions included using a Children at Play sign to help slow traffic, but someone stated that signs are ineffective unless their use is unusually placed, though digital signs seem to be effective. Someone else suggested adding an orange sign to denote the change in the speed limit underneath the new speed

Assessment agreement

Tabled from last month, the board approved an assessment agreement to have Pine County assess properties on behalf of the township for 2020-22 according to the formula presented. State statute requires 20 percent of the properties be assessed annually. The township could hire out the service on its own, should it choose to do so in the future.

New website

The board approved paying $55 per hour up to 10 hours to Low Volts for assistance in setting up the remainder of the new website. Danelski said it was taking him a long time to set everything up and is eager to get the new site up and running because the of the new features such as automatic notifications of meetings.

Grant to be sought for AED

The board approved Joe Jamros’ offer to seek a $2,000 grant to supply the town hall with an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Jamros explained that the success rate for survival from heart attack is much higher with an AED than even with paramedics due to the longer response time. Jamros said he would take care of all the paperwork, instructions, etc.

Donations requested

The board members discussed two requests for donations, one for the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, and the other for the Kids Plus Summer Recreation Program at Moose Lake School.

Supervisor John Wesely said, though he supports both of the organizations and encourages others to support them, “We have other places to spend our money.”

A resident asked about the difference between a donation to the historical society and the lake association seeking help to battle milfoil.

Steen pointed out a third of the students attending the Kids Plus program reside in the township.

“Where do you draw that line?” said Wesely.

It was stated at the meeting that the board has not set aside funds for donations the last couple of years at the annual meeting, and therefore, the board did not have the authority to contribute. No one supported donating at the annual meeting, Steen said.

Another resident said the annual meeting sets the budget not the line items, and the donations are a line item.

The donations were tabled so Steen can contact the Minnesota Association of Townships on the matter of donations.

Other business

It was reported that Ron Mossberg was re-elected treasurer and Pete Steen re-elected as a supervisor in the township election March 12. The ballot question on holding township elections in the fall passed with 121 yes votes of the 144 ballots cast.

Township resident Dave Arneson requested that moving forward there should be no public criticizing of public employees. In the future, he asked that in order to build trust residents can speak to supervisors individually and proposed that supervisors give performance appraisals of all employees.

The board decided to post the need to hire out the cleaning of the town hall as Moose Tracks, which has provided the service, is moving soon. Interested parties should submit proposals by April 5. The position will be posted on the website.

The board approved Straight Line to cross section the classified gravel in the township’s inventory in order to provide a starting point for inventory control recommended by the auditor.

Road supervisor Mike Buetow announced that Palon Road is closed. He said he discussed using signs rather than barriers in the cases where plowing or fire fighting equipment needs to get through.

Zoning administrator Phill White said he will be setting up a presentation the county held on shorelands for sometime in June with the Windemere Lakes Association. White said he would be posting his hours in May.

The next planning commission meeting is 6:30 p.m. April 9. The next township meeting is 6:30 p.m. April 11.


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