Town of West Sweden- Monthly Meeting

April 17, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.  Present at the meeting Simon Nelson, chairman; Scott Wilder and Glenn Meier, supervisors; Phyllis Wilder, Treasurer and Kevin Taylor, patrolman, and Andrea Lundquist, Clerk.  Residents and onlookers included Kenneth Ruhn, William Johnson, Walter Schommer, Carol Schommer, Bill Schommer, Mary Schommer.

The minutes of the last meeting were presented by the clerk. No adjustments were recommended. The town board thanked the clerk for the report.

The treasurer presented the monthly report. The town board thanked the treasurer for the report.

Public Input:  A. William Johnson stated that Bruce Rowe had mentioned to him interest in town roads opening for ATV use in West Sweden for getting through the town to use ATV trails elsewhere.  Walter Schommer stated that Daniels Township to the North of West Sweden has town road designated for ATV use to get through their town.  Board requested that a specific route be suggested and presented for ATV usage.  ATV routes will be discussed again at the next meeting.

                B. Walter Schommer again brought up concern for the speed through the Diamond Lake area on 150th Street.  The Schommers present requested that the speed be reduced to 45MPH, as the center line that was applied last appears to only have been a temporary solution, as people are not taking heed to the suggested 25 MPH around those corners.  

                C.  An environmental firm requested a copy of the contract for the clearing of the right of way area on 350th Avenue due to concern by residents.  There was no formal contract made, but a copy of the public meeting minutes where the clearing was approved were sent to the firm.  No other contact has been made since sending the minutes. 

                D.  Lori Lundquist contacted the clerk requesting more reflective signs be place at the curves on 150th Street by Diamond Lake, and gravel filled on the ditches on 150th Street by Hwy 35.


Old Business: A. The Long arm mower purchase was again discussed.  McKenzie’s would give a “trade in” price of $750 for our current mower, bringing the total price to $41,800, of which $8495 would be for a second optional mower for the back.  Glenn was a used New Holland mower for a 24’ long arm with a 5’ mower in Turtle Lake for $33,500.  Discussion will continue at the May meeting.

Employee Report: A. Grantsburg Tel and Siren Tel contacted the town regarding a culvert on 150th Street that was cut back in 2004 when the telephone companies were laying new lines.  Grantsburg/Siren Tel would like to fix the culvert.   Glenn Meier made a recommendation that the town will pay $200 of the repair, and the telephone company to pay the rest.  Simon Nelson will contact Dana Olson at Grantsburg to discuss cost and when the repair can be made.


Correspondence: A. William Johnson, the town’s representative at the county, requested that the town change the date of our regular board meeting to a different date, as it conflicts with the regular date of the board meeting at the county.  After discussion, the town will continue with keeping the date of the regular town meeting for the 3rd Tuesday of the month, but can be changed as necessary.

New Business: A. A Prevailing Wage Summary was given to each board member as requested.

                B. Road inspection date is set for May 2nd beginning at 5pm and starting at the Bremer Bank parking lot.  They will also be checking for any areas that may need clearing of the right-of-way.  

All bills paid and approved.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 22nd , 2012 at 7:00 pm.  The Open Book and Board of review date and time were set for May 22nd at 3:00-5:00pm for the open book, and 5:00pm-7:00pm for the Board of Review.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Simon, seconded by Scott.  Motion carried. Time was 8:07pm.

Andrea Lundquist, clerk