3/21/2013 11:23:00 AM Shafer Township annual meeting looks into re-districting, levy to remain the same
Shafer Township held ita annual meeting March 12, the meeting began fifteen minutes after the polls closed. There were 12 people in attendance. Jerry Andrews was selected as moderator for the meeting.
Supervisor Carlyle Klinke told the audience there were 58 votes cast that day. Joel Mattson received 57 votes for supervisor. Mary Anne Mattson received 55 votes for treasurer. Mattson read the audit review and told the audience the township plans to pay off the township building in July of 2013.
The board then heard from Loretta Anderson who was there representing the Refuge. The Refuge Network is a non-profit that serves domestic abuse (women and children) in Chisago County. Anderson told the board 12 Shafer Township residents were served last year. That is an increase of five from last year. Anderson was requesting $500 from the board. Lorraine Swenson, representing The Baby Blanket, then spoke to the board. She told the board how Baby Blanket has been in existence for 16 years, and is a non-profit company that serves parents in need. Swenson told the board people come to Baby Blanket looking for clothes, equipment, support and education. Hannah’s Arms is an extension of Baby Blanket that offers those parents training in various skills including sewing. If a person takes 35 hours of sewing classes, they receive a free sewing machine. Swenson told the board they served 22 people last year. The board then took a vote to allow $4,000 to be allocated to various programs including Family Pathways, Chisago County Board of Aging, Chisago County Recreation, Seven County Senior Federation, Chisago County Fair, Baby Blanket and The Refuge. The vote passed with one audience member voting against.
Klinke then told the board that Representative Bob Barrett and Auditor Dennis Freed are working to re-district a portion of Shafer Township. There are currently close to 30 residents of the township seperated into a different district. A similar situation exists in Stillwater Township that is being addressed by Representative Bob Dettmer. The board then heard a motion to keep the bounty for Gopher feet at $3.
Klinke told the audience Shafer Township paid out close to $60 last year in bounties. The motion passed unanimously. Klinke then told the council that street sign upgrading has come to a halt because the timeline for refletivity standards has been extended. The board then voted to keep the budget the same as last year. The budget currently is $39,075 in General Revenue, $82,175 in Road and Bridge, $30,768 in Fire Fighting, $27,563 in the equipment fund and $3,500 in Township park maintenance fund, totalling $213,400.00.
The board then told the audience the date for the annual recycling day is June 1, from 8 a.m. until noon. The board then adjourned at 9:15 p.m.