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
Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes from the Spring
Meeting, Saturday, March 24, 2018.
We had several speakers:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pine County Township Officers Association