Town of West Sweden- Monthly Meeting

December 18, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 6:35pm.  Present at the meeting were Simon Nelson, Chairman; Scott Wilder, supervisor; Kevin Taylor, patrolman, Phyllis Wilder, treasurer; and Andrea Lundquist, Clerk. Glenn Meier, supervisor was absent.  Residents and onlookers include Don Langle, Lisa Anderson, William Johnson, Susan Jahnke, Ken Ruhn, and Maria Ammend, Mike Jahnke*, and Nancy Thieret*. (Ammended 1/15/13)

There were additions of Sue Janke in the Public Input section were added from the printed agenda.


The minutes of the last meeting were presented by the clerk. Adjustments were to include Joe Schommer under Employee Report item A. for beaver bounties.


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

Public Input:  A. Mike Jahnke presented his request for reducing the speed limit on Bloom Lake Drive. They own the land long Bloom Lake Drive, which is about ¼ mile long.  They are up on weekends (Fri-Mon).  On Friday, early November, they were shocked to arrive to their cabin with the vegetation removed.  They were upset about the removal, feel that the board should have notified the residents of the brush removal.  Now with the vegetation removed, they fear that the persons traveling the road would feel more likely to speed.  There are only 3 persons with driveways on the road, and they would like either have the speed reduce to 45 MPH, or the road closed off to non-residents.  The board explained that the tree trimming was well within their means as a government entity.  Curve signs are marked.  There is an equestrian sign. No changes were made. The board received the Jahnke’s input, and will take it under consideration in the future.

            B.  Nancy Thieret- On Bloom Lake Drive. Also would’ve liked to have been notified of the tree trimming.  She believes there were trees that should’ve stayed.  The maintenance crew left many branches in the road, and large areas of mulch, etc.  She would like to see residents are notified when such trimming is to take place.  The board received Thieret’s input, and will take it under consideration in the future.


Old Business: A. ATV/UTV routes ordinance preparation: The clerk presented the board with a revised copy of the ordinance, making adjustments to the road limits within the Town of West Sweden, and removing a twice stated item.  The clerk will submit the ordinance to Grindell Law Offices, as the town’s attorney, for their final opinion of the ordinance.  The ordinance will be put up for adoption at the next meeting, providing the opinion is back from Grindell.  William Johnson, representing the Village of Frederic, stated that the Village would like to see Old County W  (140th St and 310th Ave) open to ATVs, but the Town board declined that recommendation.   

            B. Jerry Laqua’s request to be annexed into the Town of West Sweden was denied by the Village of Frederic. 

Employee Report: A.  The Tractor is having electrical issues with the cooling fan, and is being repaired.


B. The old chainsaw broke today and is not able to be repaired.  Simon and Scott approved the purchase of a new one.


C. Kevin completed the TRIP project forms, and submitted it to the county for funds.


D. Mike Duncan caught two beavers, but hasn’t brought in feet or tails.  We will pay when we receive these parts. 


F. Phyllis submitted an updated snowplow list.


Correspondence: none to note.

New Business: none to note.

All bills paid and approved. 


The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at immediately following the caucus at 6:30pm. 


Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Simon, seconded by Scott.  Motion carried. Time was 7:38pm.


Andrea Lundquist, clerk