Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Windemere Township website updated

 


The new Windemere Township website is up and running. Clerk Scott Danelski reported at the May 9 township meeting that residents can subscribe to receive alerts for road closures, flooding, meeting notices, etc.

“If you have any pictures, send them to me,” he said and he will put more photographs of the township on the website. Treasurer Ron Mossberg said the domain name has been renewed for nine more years, but the email is handled separately from the website. The board voted to keep the email administration as it is.

To see the website, go to https://windemeretownship.com/.

Township road or not

Supervisor John Wesely explained there is debate whether Road T-756 is a township road or a private road.

A resident, Jim Kaffer, presented a township road survey that in 1983 it was a maintained township road.

“On my abstract it’s recorded as a township road,” he said. “Or referenced as a township road ... When was the road vacated?”

He said that question has never been answered. The problem with the road not being a township road is that access to a landowner’s property is cut off. One landowner has no other access. If it is not, then access needs to be created by some other means.

Kaffer pointed out the road has not been maintained for 25 years, but it also was never vacated. One issue Kaffer said is that one of the property owners has now put up a gate and closed off access when Kaffer, as power of attorney for the deceased landowner, Alan Hack, had agreed to provide access.

Danelski said he couldn’t find any records the road was either adopted or vacated. He said he found documentation that at some point they did receive road tax for the road.

Danelski said state statute says if a township maintains a road for six consecutive years, it’s a township road.

The township board wants to find out if the landowners will pay for a survey. Kaffer said the deceased landowner’s estate cannot agree to a survey because someone still needs to be appointed on behalf of the estate.

Kaffer further explained that the state forest road is not a year-round access.

Wesely asked who had been maintaining the road, and Kaffer said Hack had been paying for it, including grading and snowplowing. Hack was disabled and needed access for emergency vehicles.

The township took no action but are waiting to see if landowners will pay for a survey.

Other business

Road Maintenance Supervisor Mike Buetow said he would like to request a meeting between the town board, the union and Mossberg because he thinks Mossberg is abusing his position (treasurer).

The board of supervisors approved bids for vendors on call for road work from Precision Grade, Rydberg and Sons, and Buetow Trucking. The board also approved a gravel quote from Rydberg and Sons.

New door locks were installed on the town hall. Danelski said they could no longer make keys for the old ones.

The board approved paying the difference in a part-time road laborer’s wages due to an error. Wages are $15 per hour if not operating equipment and $21 if operating equipment.

 

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