Regular Board Meeting of
LONG LOST LAKE TOWNSHIP
October 14, 2014
Dave Johnson, Supervisor - Ardell Johnson, Supervisor - Greg Scherzer,
Supervisor - Dick Toomey, Treasurer - Becky Bergerson, Deputy Clerk Citizens: Bob VonHagen, Ron Crabtree, Jesse
Cox, Charis Cox, Rex Kemmer, James Teigland
- Lawyer from Fremstad Law Firm, Fargo ND representing Rex Kemmer
- Call to Order
Supervisor Dave Johnson called meeting to order at 7:00 pm
Treasurer Dick Toomey requested CTAS Version 8 be
added to new business. Motion made to approve new agenda by D. Johnson, second
by A. Johnson, passed 3-0
The minutes from 8/12/2014 had been sent to all
supervisors. A motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve
the minutes of the last regular meeting was made by D. Johnson, second by A.
Johnson, passed 3-0.
- Treasurer’s Report (See details on
Balance of $ 7,043.83
Investments of 28,351.47
Motion to approve the treasurer’s report made by G. Scherzer, second by
A. Johnson, passed 3-0.
- Claims for Payment (See details on attached
500.00 Bellefy Brushing mowing of
975.00 Clearwater County grading twice
775.00 Minnesota Association of Townships liability
49.28 Richard Toomey Mileage to Callaway and return for CTAS 8
training 88 miles @ $.56
Motion to approve claims for payment made by
D.Johnson, second by A.Johnson, passed 3-0
- Old Business
- Search for Clerk –
Laurie Wilson has consented to serve as township clerk starting Jan 2015.
She will be a write-in candidate in the upcoming election.
share of road projects – letters were sent Aug 18th and Sept 29th
with no response. Their share of the graveling is $4,946.76 and mowing $95.00,
19% of total roads. If no response by next meeting in December other means of
contact will be used.
of Sand for Big Hill – Greg Scherzer responded that it is all set and he will
be in charge of project.
fence on Big Hill – Greg Scherzer reported approximately 150 feet of orange
snow fence and 31 posts would be needed, a total of approximately $240.00 plus
labor. Jesse and Charis Cox gave permission to cross their property to place
the fence in shallow water after freeze up. Greg agreed to install it with help
from Ardell Johnson. D. Johnson made a
motion to authorize Greg to purchase and install snow fence when conditions
were right, second by A. Johnson, passed 3-0.
Roger Houglum driveway issue from 8-12-2014 –
Greg Scherzer talked with Roger and he plans to put a small berm across his
driveway to deflect water from running off of Seaberg Lane down his driveway.
This has been an ongoing problem. As long as it is placed at or beyond the tree
line where the township’s jurisdiction ends the township has no objection. Greg
will call Roger and give him the township’s opinion.
- New Business
- Discussion of
Shoreline Trail road issues – David Johnson explained he has had many
calls concerning the damage being done to the intersection of Big Hill
Road and Shoreline Trail. A letter was sent six weeks ago inviting all
residents on Shoreline Trail to the board meeting to air their concerns
on the issue. Bob VonHagen expressed his concerns about the reckless use
and excessive speeds used by Rex Kemmer as he drives his ATV and
four-wheel drive pickup up and down the road, causing damage to and deep
ruts in both the roadway and the roadway approach from Big Hill Road. He
stated he had observed many incidents of such events. Ron Crabtree also stated observation
of many instances of this behavior and stated his wife was fearful of
driving and walking along the road. Jesse Cox stated the same concerns
and Charis Cox mentioned she fears for their grandchildren’s safety when
they are visiting and is worried someone is going to be injured. During the discussion, Jesse Cox asked
if the board was aware Rex Kemmer was taping the discussion. David
Johnson expressed his displeasure that this fact was not stated when the
discussion was started as it would be a point of courtesy to do so. James Teigland, attorney for Rex
Kemmer explained that Rex had chosen not to speak at the meeting but was
allowing his attorney to speak on his behalf. He explained that Rex felt
the road’s relative newness made it soft and he was doing no intentional
damage to it. He stated that Rex was an outdoorsman, loved to hunt and
fish and ride his ATV. He also stated that Rex felt the approach
sightline was limited and dangerous as he exited Shoreline Trail unto Big
Hill Road, necessitating driving on the extreme edge of the road as a
safety measure. It was noted that the approach had been recently repaired
with the intent to restore it to its original condition when it was built
two years ago. The supervisors had not yet had time to inspect it but if
it met their approval orange cones would be placed to encourage drivers
to stay within the roadbed confines. It was also stated that the township
has no jurisdiction over the private road except for the approach but did
have the authority to bill for damage done to that approach and Big Hill
Road. Ron Crabtree stated that he hoped they could all return to being
friends and neighbors and this behavior would just stop. When asked if he
had any response Rex Kemmer deferred to his attorney. Township
supervisors also stated hopes this matter would be closed.
- Certify property tax
levy for 2015 - $4000 – This amount was set at the Township Meeting in
March. A motion was made by D. Johnson to authorize a $4000 property tax
levy for 2015, second by G. Scherzer, passed 3-0
- Meeting dates for 2015
– dates were discussed, matter to be finalized at Dec meeting
- Appoint Board of
Canvas – Supervisors D. Johnson, A. Johnson and G. Scherzer were
appointed to the Board of Canvas, which shall meet on Nov. 10th
at 1:00 pm at Dave Johnson’s.
- Township road
certification of 8.5 miles was signed.
- CTAS Version 8 – Dick
Toomey attended training on this new version of accounting software to be
adapted by townships. The new version was not much different. The
training was held in Callaway MN and was well attended, approximately
60-70 people were present both morning and afternoon sessions. It was
decided to get the kinks out of the software before installing it in
- Memorandum from County
Highway Dept about brushing tree branches on Seaberg, which was done last
No need to respond
- Election notice from
county auditor was received.
- Board of Canvas meets
between Nov 7 and Nov 14, see D. above, will meet on Nov 10
- File Campaign
Financial Report Certification – will be filed after the election
- Certificates of
Election must be filed before candidates can take office. Will be issued
between Nov 17-24
- Next Board Meeting Dec 9, 2014 – Dave Johnson’s 7:00pm
A. Final Draft of 2015 meeting
- Adjournment and Time
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by A
Johnson, second D Johnson, passed 3-0. Meeting was adjourned at 8:52 pm.