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Board’s Proposed 2017 Levy
The Town Board is proposing $195,000 for the 2017 levy to be divided as: General Fund $40,000, Center Fund $40,000, Road Fund $85,000, and Fire Fund $30,000. The increase from the current year ($165,000) is based on a lack of anticipated taconite credits, and the cost of dust control on the majority of town roads. The levy in 2013 was $185,000.
Town electors—not the board--have the power to set the amount levied for taxes. Setting the levy is on the annual town meeting agenda. The electors may opt to continue the annual town meeting to a later date, such as in August, so that the levy can reflect any statutory changes that may be adopted during the legislative session. A levy must be certified to the county by September 15 of each year, but the voters may, at a special town meeting, modify any previously approved levy so long as the last modified levy is certified to the county no later than the fifth business day following December 20 of the year. (see Minn. Stat. § 275.065, subd. 1; § 275.07; § 365.431; and § 365.52)
Parking Lot Overlay Project
The Town Board accepted the bid of $47,432 to 1) overlay the existing parking lot at the center, 2) extend the paving of the parking lot to the garage, 3) extend paving on the entrance road, 4) add aggregate shouldering to the entrance road, and 5) apply pavement marking. The price is less than a quote received last fall just for overlay on the existing parking lot. The reduced price is the result of collaboration with the county (they added our project to their road bids; Trout Lake Road is scheduled for a June overlay) and low oil/asphalt prices. The 2016 budget was adjusted to pay for the project with the majority coming out of the center depreciation investment fund. See diagram of project HERE.
Annual Board of Audit
An annual audit was conducted during the January board meeting and will be certified at the February board meeting. The treasurer will generate a report to be distributed and explained at the Annual Town Meeting. Read more on town audits HERE.
As initiated by town electors at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, this question [vote yes or no] will be on the ballot:
TOWN QUESTION 1
WHETHER TO MOVE THE TOWN ELECTION
Shall the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November
be designated as the date of the 2018 Township general election?
Minnesota law does not authorize simply changing the annual town election from March to November. See Minn. Stat. § 205.075 and Minnesota Township Association reprint “Moving the Town Election to November”.
Passing the ballot question will result in eliminating an annual election; instead, elections will be conducted during even years only. To accommodate the even-year schedule, all incumbent officer terms will be extended [supervisors’ terms currently 3 years will become 4 years; clerk and treasurer terms currently 2 years will become 4 years], newly elected officers will take office on the first Monday in January [currently requirement is to take the oath of office within 10 days of receiving the certificate of election], and presumably the board’s annual reorganizational meeting will be in January rather than after the Annual Town Meeting―which will continue to be held the second Tuesday in March.
“Kom-on-in” - Public Access to Trout Lake
The boat landing at Kom-On-In (previously owned by Greenway Lions) is private and for sale (see September 2015 update here). Itasca County Commissioner Leo Trunt sent this progress update on county actions to acquire the boat landing:
Subject: RE: Kom-On-In Boat landing
It’s been quite a process. As you may know, we first approached the DNR as they have funds for such purchases. That request was turned down by the DNR. We then began the process of a land exchange. It appeared that that idea had merit but in the end was unworkable. So we are now looking at a direct purchase through our land acquisition fund. Our land commissioner, Garrett Ous, has put together a request to the county attorney to see if we can proceed down this path. If we get the ‘go ahead’ from the attorney we will have Garrett start negotiations with Ms. Ramsey for the property. We would like to get this deal done yet this winter, but we will have to see how it goes. It is definitely my goal to finish this process in 2016 and the sooner the better so folks can use it this summer.
If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at any time.
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