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CoVID-19/Coronavirus Response – PCTOA March 28 Meeting has been cancelled

COVID-19/Coronavirus Response

The Executive Board of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association places the safety of it’s officers, the residents of Pine County and the public at large as a top priority.

For this reason and with the recommendation of the MN Health Department, we are cancelling the Pine County Township Officer’s Association Spring Meeting which was to be held, March 28, 2020.

Because this is an extra-ordinary time, which requires bold decisions, all current officer’s positions that’s due for election in March, will be extended until the Fall Meeting.

Please check our website PineCountyTownships.com  for updated information.

We look forward to seeing everyone in October for the Fall Meeting.
The Board hopes you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy throughout these challenging days.

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson
Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 320-245-6803
Pine County Township Officer’s Association

Executive Board Members

Katy Overtoom – Chengwatana.- Chair
Paul Raymond – Wilma Township
Susan Grill – Kettle River Township
Robert Sunstrom – Ogema Township
Daniel O’Flanagan – Dell Grove Township
Glen Williamson – Wilma Township – Secretary/Treasurer

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This meeting has been canceled -Pine County Township Officer’s Association Meeting, Saturday, March 28

For safety and the recommendations of the MN Department of Health, this Spring Meeting, Saturday, March 28 has been canceled.

See you in October

Dear Government Official/Interested Party:

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the American Legion Hall, 306 Lawler Avenue in Hinckley.  The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m.  Please pass this information on to your officers/government officials and encourage them to attend. 

There isn’t any need to make a reservation, just show up.

If you would like to be put on the agenda, please call us at 320-245-6803 or email me at Treasurer@gmail.com to let us know.

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson
Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association

Executive Board Members

Katy Overtoom – Chengwatana Township – Chairperson
Susan Grill – Kettle River Township
Paul Raymond – Wilma Township
Dan O’Flanagan – Dell Grove Township
Robert Sunstrom – Ogema Township
Glen Williamson – Wilma Township – Secretary/Treasurer

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Fall Pine County Township Officer’s Association Meeting, Saturday, October 26, 2019

September 30, 2019

Dear Fellow Officers:

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the American Legion Hall, 306 Lawler Avenue in Hinckley.  The meeting will start at 9:00a.m.  Please pass this information on to your Township Officers and encourage them to attend. 

We will pencil you in as attending. If you are UNABLE to attend, please call us at 320-245-6803 or email me at PctaTreasurer@gmail.com to let us know.

The Executive Board will be offering a stipend of up to $200 per officer/township (maximum of $1000/five officers/townships) towards attending MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting, November 22 – 23, 2019 in Mankato.  If interested, please send email to PctaTreasurer@gmail.com.    

Our association’s website is up and running.  If you haven’t done so already, please go to PineCountyTownships.com, under Login, click on Register, fill out the information and submit.  This will give us the ability to send you updates via email.  Please pass on this information to all your township officers. If you have any questions about this process, please send email to PctaTreasurer@gmail.com.  Please be sure to include your name, title and government agency (i.e. township) when responding.

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson

Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association

Executive Board Members

Katy Overtoom – Chengwatana Township – Chairperson
Susan Grill – Kettle River Township
Paul Raymond – Wilma Township
Dan O’Flanagan – Dell Grove Township
Robert Sunstrom – Ogema Township

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PINE COUNTY TOWNSHIP OFFICER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

PINE COUNTY TOWNSHIP OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

The Spring Meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hinckley American Legion Hall. The meeting was called to order by Chair Katy Overtoom at 9:00 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was led Chair Katy Overtoom. The Invocation was provided by Katy Overtoom.

Roll call was taken with 26 townships present, establishing a quorum.

Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes from the Spring Meeting, Saturday, October 28, 2018 read by Secretary/Treasurer Glen Williamson.

Jason Rarick, State Senator MN District 11. There were problems and concerns with the extraordinary special primaries and elections for Tony Lourey’s Senate seat and Jason’s house seat when he was elected Senator. Some mail-in ballots didn’t get to the courthouse on time with the short window. He is asking for more money for township broadband internet and cell-phone service beyond the one-time grants to include bonding like with road and bridge and transportation bonding. He’s working with the Rural Transportation Bill to increase the share small cities and townships get; now we get only 5% of the gas tax although we have 40% of the roads in the state. He said there is more talk about the NXL Railroad funding but the legislators can’t control the outcome once money is designated to an agency. He opposes the $.20 gas tax increase since it adversely affects rural drivers with longer distances and older vehicles. It’s supposed to go into the transportation fund but can be diverted to transit. He supports a designated sales tax for transportation. Powerball funds can’t be used for roads or other purposes than what it’s designated for. One idea is tracking drivers with GPS and charging by miles driven.

Steve Hallan, District 1 commissioner. Asked for prayers for those suffering in the Nebraska/Iowa floods. Said the commissioners are also focused on bringing broadband to townships. He supports a gas-tax increase and wants more to go to townships. New county building in Sandstone is coming along and the next County/township commissioners meeting might be there. County is understaffed and have to do more with less. There are six openings for jailers, a good paying job with a retirement program that only requires a high-school diploma. Out-of-home placements are hurting the budget with over 100 kids in placements, and it’s also a social problem. Kids have to have somewhere to go. Road projects include redoing the highway 70 overpass and bridge and also the Walmart exit and road to re-engineer the roads for better visibility of oncoming cars. Want to replace the big box culverts in Willow River but hung up with permits to work in the river bed. Some towns want to give the county some of their roads; they can’t take any more except with a swap.

Josh Mohr, District 2 Commissioner and county chair. The special primaries and elections hit towns and the county pretty hard. It cost the county $18,000; $12,000 for ballots alone plus overtime and it cost many towns $1,000 per election. He wants the state to come up with a better way to handle these special elections, perhaps with mail ballots. Mohr testified at the capitol for Rarick’s bill for a fairer share of the casino taxes. Rarick wants the county’s share doubled.

Jeff Nelson, County Sheriff: Drug use is still a big concern in the county, mostly with meth, but also heroin and opioids. This affects all county agencies; they want to steer people in the right direction. The jail program tries to rehab and redirect offenders.

Kelly Schroeder, New County Auditor/Treasurer. The 2020 elections are only a year away. One big change will be a state-wide March Presidential primary election, as well as the August primary. The legislative language is unclear about primaries; they now require up to four separate ballots, for each party instead of putting all offices on one ballot. There’s a bill to allow one ballot and to make the Presidential Primary a mail ballot election. The 16,000 mail ballots would still be cheaper than polling places. She talked about how tax for land and timber sales trickles down to townships. The County Forester is doing an inventory of county land for a plan for the timber harvest. Property tax assessments are going out this week; township levies are going down but county levies are going up. Big push for recycling programs with 11 sites for recycling sheds run by PHASE, and they found a site for the Willow River transfer station north of Willow River that will take garbage and tires and mattresses and recyclables 3 days a week. They want to make this a pilot project in General Andrews Station for garbage and recyclables, since half of the people in the county do not have any garbage service so they burn it or dump their garbage.

County-wide Zoning: Still only opt-in but they are almost ready to release it and there will be big public meetings when it is released.

Lorri Houtsma, New County Assessor. Boards of Appeal start April 8. She distributed land values schedules for 2020. Most people will have an uptick in values, mostly in high-ground tillable land. There is online assessor training in July for Supervisors. Open-book boards of appeal give people more time to appeal their assessments, up until June.

Jordan Zeller, ECRDC said economic development creates jobs and grows the local tax base. They’ve started an inventors and entrepreneurs club to help inventors get patents and create more businesses to hire more people. Check the ecmnbusiness.com website for updates. They will meet monthly in Braham. ECRDC has a small business revolving loan fund to buy equipment and start businesses. If someone can’t get full funding they will loan $30,000 and take the second position to the bank. Four loans are out now at good interest rates. They support the MN Rural Broadband Coalition for internet and have a day on the Hill on April 3rd.

Katie Draper, Director of Govt. Affairs for Mille Lacs Band Ojibwe: The band has 16,000 acres with 4,700 members, 609 in Pine County. There are six Minnesota Chippewa tribes. They have 750 full time employees in 30 businesses and operate public works, clinics, schools, and entertainment events. District 3 is east of Hinckley in Pine County. They have a new community center by the casino with a gym and track open to the public. The tribe pays $125,000 in property taxes on 50 million in assets.

Miranda Janssen, Rep for 8th District Congressman Pete Stauber: Need to get the federal mileage rate or a fair parity rate for volunteer drivers. Stauber is working on the transportation bill and the Rural Broadband Coalition.

Ben Weiner, Veterans Services: The VA is the second largest bureaucracy in government. They bring millions to veterans services for education and services.

Business Meeting

Motion made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report by Secretary/Treasurer, Glen Williamson, Sr.

Election of Two Replacement Board Members: Two Executive Board members, Susan Grill (Kettle River Township) and Robert Sunstrom (Ogema Township) were re-elected by unanimous ballot for three-year terms. Next county township officers meeting October 26, 2019, 4th Saturday at the American Legion in Hinckley.

Motion made, seconded, and approved to adjourn at 10:25 am.

Respectively submitted by

Glen Williamson Sr.
Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association

Date Approved:______________________

Chair___________________________

Photographs by Paul Raymond, Clerk, Wilma Township

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Fall Meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Fall Meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association was held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Hinckley American Legion Hall. The meeting was called to order by Chair Katy Overtoom at 9:00 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was led Chair Katy Overtoom. The Invocation was provided by Katy Overtoom.

Roll call was taken with 21 townships present, establishing a quorum.

Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes from the Spring Meeting, Saturday, March 24, 2018.

We had several speakers:

State Senator, District 11, Tony Lourey said that the last session virtually nothing got done at the state legislature. However, they did get a bonding bill passed. He is looking forward to the legislature fostering a civil, fact-based dialogue between the parties. 

Tim Burkhardt, Candidate, District 11B lives in Hinckley and served three terms on the city council.  He’s also a Regional 5 director for the MN Association of Small Cities.  He talked about his background and why he’s running for State Representative.

State Representative, District 11B, Jason Rarick said if a fiber optic company is using state and federal money to expand, they should allow companies to access the services that’s on their route.  He talked about many issues, including the fact that townships have more roads than the state.  He went on to say that he and Tony Lourey work well together.  He answered many questions about internet connectivity.

Matt Ludwig, County Commissioner, District 5 said he’s been on the board since 2013.  He talked about the drug epidemic and that there are 100 kids in out placement.  There is $1.8 million dollars for Heath and Human Services.  The county added probation officers and a new court room.  There was also a $630,000 increase in wages and benefits this year over last year.

Reese Fredrickson, County Attorney talked about the military and his time in the Air Force.  He talked about military veterans that have got caught up in the criminal system and how he helps to divert them.  They are setting up a regional veteran treatment court to serve Pine, Isanti, Chisago and Kanabec Counties.  They are also looking for mentors for veterans. Last year was a record year for bookings and this year is about the same.  

County Sheriff, Jeff Nelson said he’s been sheriff for four years now.  He stated that overall the community feels good about what the department has accomplished.  He talked about the Drug Task Force and what they have done.

Kelly Schroeder, County Land Services Director that Land Services have a lot going on.  The county has added many recycling sheds and they will staff and new site near Willow River/Rutledge area.  Kelly talked about zoning initiative, the draft ordinance and that it will be an opt-in program.  She distributed flyers about the Pine County Zoning Initiative public meetings, Board of Equalization dates, culvert workshops and who is trained to be on the Board of Equation.

Karen Amundson, ECRDC Community Development Planner is putting together a Regional Development Transportation Committee. She talked about the different planning states and how we could help with transportation.

Leah Kampa and Dustie Speldrich, DNR Conservation Officers from the northern part of Pine County said we don’t have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in our county.  However, they do in Aitkin and a couple others.  They went on to describe the symptoms of CWD.  If you’re involved in a car – deer kill, any police officer can give you a permit to keep the carcass.  They went on to say that trespassing is huge in this county.  To avoid trespassers, you must post signs at all entrances and back sides of your property, every 500 feet.

Rick Olseen, Field Representative for Congressman Rick Nolan said he’s on a farewell tour because Congressman Nolan is retiring and so he’ll be out of a job, January 2, 2019. He said that Congressman Nolan has a bill that would give those that volunteer for non-profit organizations the same rate as the federal mileage rate. He talked about many issues including that there is a Rural Broadband Coalition, and that as an organization that we may want to join.  He noted that 10% of the American economy is transported through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Tim Fisher, MAT, District 10 Director and MAT new Executive Director David Hann came instead of Michael Miller, District 7 Director who had to be at his regular job. Halm said that he served on the state legislature for 14 years.  Even though he never lived in a township, while in the legislature, he stated he represented the interest of all Minnesotans.  He went on to state that many in the legislature are unaware about townships, but he plans on educating them.  He also talked about broadband and his work with the fire department.

Skip Thompson, Candidate for Pine County Commissioner, District 5 said he wants to sell tax forfeited land.  He talked about county wide zoning and what the cost would be.

Business Meeting

Motion made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report.

Susan Grill from Kettle River Township was elected to fill the vacancy until March 2019 on the Executive Board, vacated by Roberta Folkestad, Royalton Township.  Dan O’Flanagan, Dell Grove township was elected to fill the vacancy until March 2020 on the Executive Board, vacated by Dave Baker, New Dosey Township.

Motion made, seconded and pass to keep rolls in the morning, but discontinue lunch starting March 23, 2019.

Motion made, seconded, and approved to adjourn at 11:15 am.

Respectively submitted by

Glen Williamson Sr.

Secretary/Treasurer

Pine County Township Officers Association

Date Approved:______________________

Chairman___________________________

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Spring Meeting, Saturday, March 23, 2019

There is a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the American Legion Hall, 306 Lawler Avenue in Hinckley.  The meeting will start at 9:00a.m.  We would appreciate it if you could attend and make a short presentation about your know how and what’s going on in your area of expertise, as it pertains to Pine County and your constituents.

We look forward to seeing you. 

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson
Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association
Executive Board Members
Katy Overtoom – Chengwatana Township – Chairperson
Susan Grill – Kettle River Township
Paul Raymond – Wilma Township
Dan O’Flanagan – Dell Grove Township
Robert Sunstrom – Ogema Township

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Pine County Township Officer’s Meeting, Saturday, October 26, 2018, Hinckley, MN

Over 54 local politicians, candidates and township officers were in attendance today, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Pine County Township Officer’s Association Meeting at the American Legion in Hinckley. There were many speakers, including State Senator Tony Lourey, State Representative Candidate Tim Burkhardt, State Representative Jason Rarick, Pine County Commissioner Steve Hallan,  Pine County Commissioner Matt Ludwig, Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson, Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson, and Pine County Land Services Director Kelly Schroeder. Also Karen Amundson, Community Development Planner from East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC), DNR Officers Dusty Speldarch and Leah Campa, and Rick Nolan’s field representative. Rick Olseen, MAT District 10 Director Jim Fisher and new MAT Executive Director David Hann.

Two new Executive Board members, Susan Grill (Kettle River Township) and Dan O’Flanagan (Dell Grove Township) were elected to serve out the terms of Dave Baker (New Dosey Township) and Roberta Folkestad (Royalton Township).

There are a couple meetings of the Pine County Zoning Initiative to be held Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm at the Pine County History Museum in Askov and also Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm at the Pine County Court House in Pine City.  Come discuss the draft first phase of the Pine County Zoning Ordinance.  The Ordinance will only be in effect in townships that “opt-in” to the program.  Visit www.co.pine.mn.us for details.

Kelly Schroeder, County Land Services Director also passed out the 2019 Draft Board of Equalization Schedule.  Here is a List of those trained to be on the Board of Equalization.

There is a Culvert Workshop, Thursday, November 8, 3 – 5 pm at the Pine County History Museum, 6333 H C Andersen Alle in Askov.  For details call 320-216-4220

Photos below are by Paul Raymond and Glen Williamson

 

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Agenda, Meeting, Saturday, October 27, 2018, Hinckley American Legion

Scheduled Agenda

Call to Order by Chair Katy Overtoom
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Katy Overtoom
Roll Call (quorum is 10 townships)
Read Minutes from the Spring Meeting 2018

Speakers:

State Senate District 11                                  Tony Lourey
State Rep District 11B                                     Jason Rarick

County Commissioners:

#1 Stephan Hallan (Chair)
#2 Josh Mohr
#3 Steve Chaffee   (Vice Chair)
#4 John Mikrot, Jr.
#5 Matt Ludwig

County Auditor                                                 Cathy Clemmer
County Attorney                                               Reese Fredrickson
County Sheriff                                                   Jeff Nelson
County Land Services Director                          Kelly Schroeder (new County Treasurer/Auditor effective January 2019)
County Administrator                                       David J. Minke
County Engineer                                               Mark LeBrun
ECRDC, Community Development Planner      Karen Amundson
Hospital Board                                                  Ron Osladil
DNR                                                                  Eugene Wynn or CO Grundmeier
Rick Olseen                                                       Field Representative, Congressman Richard Nolan
Pine County Soil and Water                              Jill Carlier  (cannot make it)
Rep from the Band of Ojibwe                           Wally St. John (no response)
MATO District #7 Director                                 Mike Miller

Candidates who were invited to Speak
If you’re a candidate for an elected position and you’re not listed below, please come up to the front table so that we can get you on the agenda.  Thank you!

Candidate Joe Radinovich, US Representative District 8
Candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman, US Representative District 8
Candidate Tim Burkhardt, State Representative District 11B
Candidate Skip Thomson, Pine County Commissioner, District 5

THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPEAKERS

Business Meeting:

Approve Treasurer’s Fall 2018 Financial Report
East Central Regional Development Committee – Glen Williamson
Stipend to attend MAT Annual Educational Conference in Duluth, November 15 – 17, up to $200 per officer (maximum of $1000 to all officers)
Special Election to Executive Committee to replace Roberta Folkestad, expires 2019 (Royalton) and Dave Baker, expires 2020 (New Dosey) who resigned from their town boards.

Any other business?

Motion to adjourn by Chair

For Executive Board –meeting will follow immediately after lunch

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Fall Meeting, Saturday, October 27, 2018

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the American Legion Hall, 306 Lawler Avenue in Hinckley.  The meeting will start at 9:00a.m.  Please pass this information on to your Township Officers and encourage them to attend.

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson
Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association

Executive Board Members

Katy Overtoom – Chengwatana Township – Chairperson
Roberta Folkestad – Royalton Township
Paul Raymond – Wilma Township
Dave Baker – New Dosey Township
Robert Sunstrom – Ogema Township
Glen Williamson – Wilma Township – Secretary/Treasurer

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Implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan

Pine County has scheduled a special board meeting for Friday, March 16, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.. This meeting is not listed on the county’s website calendar. The topic for discussion is “Implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.”

In January 2017, the townships spoke to the board about the comprehensive plan. The plan listed  countywide zoning as a solution to every problem from agriculture, gravel pits and recreation to  housing.

Here’s what to look for if the county takes over zoning.  They will designate which areas of the county will be occupied by city, which will be industrial, which will be forest/recreation and which will be agriculture. They will determine what is allowed in those zones. And, there will be a new level of government, which has already begun with the development of the new County Zoning Board. There will be fees and fines and higher costs for zoning permits done by the county. The county will enforce and prosecute violations of the county’s zoning ordinances.

There was an overwhelming response at the January 2017 meeting from the township officials who attended that meeting. They did not want countywide zoning.

Let your voice be heard. Please attend the meeting. I managed to get the board to change the meeting from Township Day to Friday, March 16, 2018.

You may want to post that the township you represent may have a quorum of supervisors at the March 16 meeting so you are covered under the open meeting law.

Information received from Gussie Croup, Clerk, Sandstone Township