Vickie Peterson moved to approve the minutes of the April 6 meeting. Marlene Tomczak seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Bob Nevalainen has contacted Jen Westlund, manager of Woodenfrog State Forest Campground regarding the grading and application of calcium chloride to the entrance of Woodenfrog State Forest Campground. Ms. Westlund stated that no funds are available at this time to have either of these processes performed. The managers of the campground will contact the County when they feel that grading is necessary.
Under Old Business:
Reviewing the Comprehensive Plan was tabled until the October meeting. At that time the Planning Board will plan to meet with officials of Voyageurs National Park to address the sections that pertain to communication and cooperation with them.
Phil Hart discussed the 2010 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Raffle tickets have been printed and are being sold with the drawing to be held on May 15, 2010. Monies from the tickets will help to defray the expenses of the event. Prizes are a Crestliner Raptor 1850E with a Mercury 150 Optimax and a Shoreland’r trailer, a houseboat trip from Ebel’s and a custom Totem Pole from Muggli’s. The committee will start to meet regularly in August.
Marlene Tomczak reported on the community entrance enhancement. She’s hoping to begin the project the first part of August. The lady slippers are in good shape this year. Hopefully they will stay protected from construction projects and roadside mowing.
The waivers that the Township needs to have signed by volunteers will be made available. They can be obtained from Mary Manninen, Township Clerk.
Under New Business:
1. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited the area on July 2 with a tour by road and by boat. She is very supportive of the area and recognizes the need to address our septic issues. Over 50 people attended a reception for her at Sandy Point Resort. Approximately $10,000 was raised for her.
Under Committee Reports:
1. Community Hall – Marlene reported that letters have been sent requesting donations to go towards the construction of the new Community Hall. Approximately $2000 has been raised. A money market account has been opened and funds have been deposited in it.
The Building Committee has received a proposal from Andy Hubley of ARDC for the amount of $5000, to research and apply for grant and loan opportunities. This fee would cover 70 hours of their time. The proposal stated that ARDC would apply for a $2500 grant to IRR to help defray the cost. It was the committee’s recommendation to obtain the services of ARDC and to ask for approval of the Township Board.
Marlene will check with Andy to see if the Township can obtain copies of the grant applications that will be submitted by ARDC as well as any other paper work generated so that it can be used as reference material in the future.
2. Voyageurs National Park – Kathleen Przybylski wasn’t present at the meeting because she was participating in the “Canoe The Heart of the Continent” event in which voyageur canoe is being paddled over 350 miles to promote awareness of the five sponsoring entities and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Superior National Forest and Quetico Provincial Park.
3. Trails/Roads: Bob reported that Township Supervisor, Ed Town conducted a road review with Ron Garden from St. Louis Co. The County will try to work with the Township on road repairs as their budget allows.
4. Namakan Basin Waste Water Project: Bob, Tim Watson and Julie Kennedy, of SEH, conducted a tour of the area. Julie will be present at the Township Board meeting to review what SEH is doing and explain the process to the public. Senator Klobuchar’s Outreach Director, Jerry Fallos, will also attend the meeting.
There being no further business, Marlene moved to adjourn. Vickie Peterson seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.