Vickie Peterson moved to approve the agenda with the addition of "Township De-annexation" listed under Old Business. Jill Kiner seconded. All in favor, the motion carried.
Betsey Warrington read the minutes from the October meetings as well as the special meeting, which was held on Nov. 23. Jill Kiner moved to approve the minutes. Rusty Lehto seconded. All in favor, the motion carried.
Under Old Business:
Community Hall Building: Marlene updates everyone on the meetings from Nov. to Dec. to discuss the building of a new community hall. She contacted Nashwauk on Dec. 10 to see if they are interested in partnering to go to the state legislature to request funding for projects in both or our communities. She's still waiting for a response. Marlene will also contact David Dill regarding the dates that the legislature will be meeting and again ask for his support. The project will be discussed at the Township Board meeting on Jan. 8.
Expiring Board Positions: Marlene and Betsey have both agreed to remain on the planning board. Their terms will expire in 2016.
New Liaison from VNP: Welcome Chuck Remus and thanks for being a liaison to Voyageurs National Park.
Cardboard Recycling: We're on the list to receive a container in the spring.
Township De-Annexation: Bob has contacted the Township attorney, Bob Rupe, regarding Kabetogama Township de-annexing from St. Louis Co. and annexing to Koochiching Co. He stated that this has been done in Wright Township. He'll send the guidelines to Bob for the Board of Supervisors consideration. The process will have to be approved by both counties.
Under New Business:
Election of Officers: This will take place at the April meeting following the approval of the Planning Board members by the Township Board.
VNP: Chuck Remus is filling the chief ranger's position at the headquarters building in International Falls following the retirement of Jim Hummel. There is ongoing maintenance of the snowmobile trails. The Chain Of Lakes Trail is being widened and improved. The ice road is half way done. Crews are working on breaking through an ice ridge. Hopefully, the road will be completed by the end of the week. There's a Veteran's Ride on the trails in the park next Sat. with approximately 100 participants.
Trails and Roads: Winter conditions have deteriorated the dips again. Bob will ask the county operator to mark them. Bob has contracted Mike Forsmann to see where we are on St. Louis County's five year construction plan. He's waiting for a reply.
Namakan Basin Waste Water Project: The Joint Powers committee meeting was cancelled. It appears that SEH is making progress with cooperation of the DNR in using land located in Woodenfrog State Forest Campground.
Under Other Business:
The meeting schedule for the next year is: April 1, July 1, September 30 and January 6, 2014.
The Lake Assoc. approached the Township regarding providing insurance on the site at the dump where the burn site is. The Lake Assoc. could possibly lease the area to the township, then it could be included on their already existing policy. Bob is checking into this.
Bob will check with the Township attorney regarding annexing Township 68/21 into the Kabetogama Township since there are no residents there to request the procedure be taken.
There being no further business, Vickie Peterson moved to adjourn the meeting. Jill Kiner seconded. All in favor, the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 on April 1, 2013, at the Kabetogama Fire Station.