Executive Director Lilah Crowe and Board Director Barb Shipka, from the Itasca County Historical Society (ICHS), were present at the regular Lone Pine town board meeting on June 4 and Crowe gave a presentation about the society. She reminded the board the ICHS has moved from their former location in the Central School in Grand Rapids to the corner of North Pokegama Avenue and Second Street Northwest in Grand Rapids. She brought several photos of early logging operations on Swan Lake. Crowe informed the board they could use the society as a repository for old township records. The records could be scanned and stored in a climate-controlled environment.
With Supervisors John Baratto and Mike Anderson present, Chairperson Jon Korpi continued the meeting with the agenda items.
Communications with the township included several items of importance, namely, the Minnesota Department of Health water report (no coliform detected), a summary of opportunities for local agriculture markets in the new Farm Bill from the National Associations of Towns and Townships (see News & Alerts at www.mntownships.org), a notice from the Itasca County Township Association that Liberty Township is being dissolved, and the LP pre-buy from Lakes Gas is available from July 15 to Aug. 31.
St. Kevin’s Church is for sale. The township has been asked if it would allow the cemetery classification of 32.5 acres adjacent to the church to be changed. The cemetery has never been used and though the church building is located in Greenway Township the acreage classified as a cemetery is in Lone Pine Township. The board voiced no objection.
The Summer Short Course for townships is being offered in Walker on June 25 and Carlton on June 26.
The property insurance premium of $2,885 was approved for payment.
A discussion about the need for a trench at the ballfield for rainwater control and the labor to dig the trench concluded with the board giving the NKHS boys basketball team an opportunity to do the digging for a donation to the team. Materials and labor for the project not to exceed $1,000.
With the increased usage of the outdoor facilities on the town hall grounds, the development of a volleyball court was discussed. What would be a grass outdoor court to start could become an official, sand court.
A residential blight issue in the township has been noted by several residents. Contacting the county’s Environmental Services is the appropriate next step for resolution of such issues within the township.
There being no further business for the good of the township, Chairperson Korpi adjourned the meeting.