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PINE COUNTY TOWNSHIP OFFICERS’ MEETING HINCKLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, OCTOBER 24› 2020

The Fall Meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association was held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Hinckley Community Center, in Hinckley, MN. 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.

Because of Covid-19, this meeting was moved from the Hinckley VFW because the Community Center was more spacious and allowed for six foot spacing.

Roll call was taken with 18 townships present, establishing a quorum.

Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes from the Fall Spring Meeting, Saturday, October 27, 2020.

We had several speakers:

State Rep. Nathan, 11B spoke of the value of township government. Twenty-one precincts have mail-only balloting now. five new towns signed up. In some cases, the voters are not notified. Even though families being forced to stay home has brought families together, some without internet cannot do virtual learning. He said broadband availability is a priority, as important as roads. If Pine County had good broadband more people could work remotely from home and would bring more taxes to the county.

Jack Frechette, running for State House 11B, said he’s from Mission Creek township.  Said Nathan is doing a good job but has a problem with his party. The bonding bill was delayed due to politics, he said, and COVID is being politicized. He said, “Follow the science.”

Steve Hallan, District 1 Commissioner, said 6,500 people have voted already out of 16,000 registered voters. The county got waivers from HHS to streamline the county COVID response. Thirty job positions will never return to the county offices; some can work from home just as well. Supervisors can supervise remotely. He says this is a win for taxpayers. He expressed gratitude to Nathan Nelson for helping to pass the bonding bill after 5 sessions of debate. Bridge bonding cannot wait for the legislative session. Pine Technical College has grown for three years and needs more space.

The funding will allow Willow River to continue for now. Trail money to extend the trails in southern Pine County was allocated. There is a 1/2 cent sales tax in the county that goes to the county (including from Amazon and eBay) and revenues have increased during the pandemic. Gas tax money is way down. He worries about the state legislature and the future for counties and townships may not be so rosy. Jail population is down but staffing must stay the same by law.

Michelle Lee, Senate District 11 Candidate said some farmers have to pay $4000 for health insurance. Some people cannot go to the doctor. Her son’s whole paycheck goes to health insurance. The state is $7 billion in debt. Environmental needs must be prioritized. She said she supports the state police and sheriff’s officers. She said COVID is increasing in our county but still no deaths.

Terry Lovgren, District 3 Candidate for Commissioner, spoke and said she loves working with people and has served on many committees for the county as well as serving on her town board.  She promised to keep close contact with township needs and officials.

Terry spoke for the county Auditor’s office, saying the county assessing program is going well and more towns are turning their assessing over to the county. There are still some bad assessors out there and they cost their citizens tax money by faulty assessments. The costs to towns have been reduced. On elections, she said 4,000 absentee and 2,000 mail-ballots have been returned already.  Five towns switched to all mail balloting. They must accept ballots for 10 days if postmarked by November, so we won’t see final county results until then.

Jason Waldhalm candidate for Commissioner District 4 is running because he wants to be more involved. As a liquor store owner, he meets a lot of people. He strongly supports law enforcement, and says the county needs to watch overhead and spending.

County Attorney Reese Frederickson said other counties have released prisoners and stopped prosecuting due to COVID but not his office. They had a plan from the beginning to keep the staff and inmates safe. He is charging the same number of offenders this year as last. He commended Sheriff Jeff Nelson for a great job.

Sheriff Jeff Nelson said COVID has given them challenges. They had the death of a canine officer and got another one. They got body cams and patrol squad cameras and all deputies have them and use them. ATV traffic has increased and water and land use are up greatly during COVID. They have a new officer for waters and trail use, working with the DNR to keep trails safe. They are getting new encrypted radios with CARES Act funding; some channels will be private to protect personal information, but fire departments and ambulances will still be able to communicate. He said they may be able to donate their old radios to fire departments.

Bob Voss. ECRDC.Director. They got federal money for the Highway 23 scenic highway program. They are working on safe route to school program for Finlayson. They are helping with buses and transportation with volunteer drivers, for medical appointments. They still support local broadband with so many needing it for school and work. He said ECRDC has a Facebook page and a webpage. They sponsor an Entrepreneur’s Club to help small businesses and startups get good financing at low rates. They have monthly meetings for technical resources. They got two CARES grants for a resiliency coordinator and $500,000 in loans in the five-county area for new businesses at o% interest.

Brett Grundmeier from the DNR said they have150officers in the DNR. Some had to go to the cities during the riots to help local law enforcement. He said Iraq veterans said Minneapolis was like a war zone. Wolf depredation is steady and there is still state money to reimburse for losses, but it takes a long time to get paid. He said wolves may be delisted to allow hunting them.  Deer numbers are up and wolves are also up.  CWD may affect hunting.  So far not one case in the wild deer population in Pine county.  If it were not for COVID there would be mandatory testing, but they are providing barrels all over the county to deposit deer heads for testing.  The testing requires part of the spinal cord.  The heads can be returned for mounting.  Their goal is 1,000 tests and results take one week.  Deer with CWD are confused, skinny and unafraid of people.  The meat may still be safe. All deer feeding is prohibited.  Ever bird feeders less than 6’ feet should be used.  Salt and attractants are still legal.

Mindy Sandell, Veterans Services said they served 2,300 veterans.  They got a Covid grand of $1,000 per vet, plus Covid disaster relief to get computers for their children for distance learning. They got gift cards to Daggett’s and Chris’ for them to buy food for their families. They have a van program to transport vets to the VA and are opening up to do blood draws.  They do many visits every week.  Pine County Veterans also has a Facebook page and website.

Dan O’Flanagan and Glen Williamson were re-elected to the PCTOA Executive Board to serve until March 2023.

Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 10:30 am.

Respectively submitted by

Glen Williamson Sr.

Secretary/Treasurer

Pine County Township Officers Association

Date Approved:______________________

Chairman___________________________

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Fall, Pine County Township Officers Association Meeting, October 24, Hinckley Community Center

Dear Government Official:

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officers’ Association, Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Hinckley Community Center, 198 Dunn Ave N #100 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 count on you in as attending. If you have any questions, please call us at 320-245-6803 or email me at PctaTreasurer@gmail.com.

Minnesota Governor’s order mandates face coverings/a mask inside of a public building.  Please respect others by maintaining a 6’, physical distance while inside the center.  Sanitizers will be provided, and we’ll have some face masks on hand.  However, you are encouraged to bring your own.

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 Officers’ 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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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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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 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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Pine County Township Officer’s Association Meeting, Saturday, March 24, 2018

Glen Williamson, Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association
62399 Duxbury Rd
Sandstone MN 55072
320-245-5194

February 16, 2018

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, March 24, 2018 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 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.

Please pass on this information to all your township or county officers/officials. 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.

If interested in participating, please complete the form below.

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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Spring Meeting, Saturday, March 25, 2017, Hinckley American Legion

There will be a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, March 25, 2017 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.

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.

If interested in participating, please complete the form below.

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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Fall Meeting, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Hinckley American Legion

Glen Williamson, Secretary/Treasurer
Pine County Township Officer’s Association
62399 Duxbury Rd
Sandstone MN 55072
320-245-5194
September 27, 2016

Dear Pine County Officers,

There is a meeting of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association, Saturday, October 22, 2016 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 realize that you’re very busy, but your attendance would mean so much to the townships. If it’s not asking too much, we will pencil you in as attending. If you are UNABLE to attend, please call us at 320-245-5194 or by email at PctaTreasurer@gmail.com and let us know.

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. 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. Pine County) when responding.
We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Glen Williamson, Sr.
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