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June 13, 2021

5/21/2021 1:14:00 PM
Sunrise Twsp. COVID-delayed annual meeting held

Sunrise Township did not hold its annual meeting in March due to virus concerns and lack of distancing possible in what was a crowded town hall.  Last week the continued annual meeting picked up again, at Sunrise Bible Church; but the precaution of relocating to a larger venue was actually not needed, there were only about five people attending this time in addition to township staff and supervisors.  Rick Olseen was okayed to act as meeting moderator.

Sunrise Township supervisors plan to spend down some of the fund balances the township has as carryover from 2021’s budget. The local levy will be down by two percent for 2022, being set last week at $531,375.

Considering other income from aggregate tax dispersement, solar array taxes, the township road allotment and other smaller receipts— the revenues in total should be $599,000.  The township supervisors have mapped out to spend $728,300, so this is where the balances come in to support the budget.  Balances include a $339,000 carryover in the general fund, road & bridge has $122,000 and the fire fund has $243,000.
Supervisor Eric Leivian said the goal is to rely on more consistent levy scenarios while keeping enough funds to build up savings in capital projects accounts,  and follow a long term strategy over the next several years.

Sunrise Township added 13 homesites in 2020, which boosts revenue but means more expenses, explained Supervisor Pete Johnson.

The Blacktop Fund approved by citizens in 2019, is $100,000 annually and continues to 2024.

Treasurer Carol Anderson gave an update on the COVID-19 relief money received in the CARES Act distribution ($51,700) and that it was spent on technology, copiers, and personal protective items.

The supervisors were directed by the annual meeting attendees to spend no more than $4,000 on charitable contracts in 2022.  The agencies who have submitted requests are: the county

Historical Society, Almelund Fire & Rescue, Seven County Senior Federation, Sunrise Cemetery and Family Pathways.  Supervisors will distribute funding as they see fit.

~ The gopher bounty was increased to $3 up from $2 for a front pair of feet.  Supervisors agreed this might attract more people to harvest the creatures.

~ The posting of blue address signs is wrapping up and from here on out orders for new signs will be placed only twice a year.  If you are replacing or buying a sign for a new parcel,  the signs cost $125.

~ National Night Out will return in 2021 and there was discussion about the event. The budget for food was doubled (to $600) after comments from the Board on the need to improve the quality of the hot dogs.

~ Public Works Supervisor Lynn Wolleat reported 5,000 yards of road gravel is being purchased and spread this year. Material quotes are currently being solicited.  No gravel roads were in the budget for 2020.

~ Watch for signs on Kost Dam Road where the township recently passed no parking restrictions.

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