A good size contingent of members from the Red Rock Riders ATV club, attended the meeting of the town board to seek information concerning insurance coverage for use of the diversion ditch between Pengilly and Nashwauk. The ditch is owned by U.S. Steel and though they would allow use of the property, they will not cover any liability insurance nor allow use without coverage. Chairperson Jon Korpi, knowledgeable of ATV and snowmobile rules and regulations, informed the contingent if the hoped for route is designated as a ‘trail’ the county will cover the insurance up to the $5 million level required by the steel companies. He suggested the next step should be to contact Sara Thompson at the Itasca County Land Department.
The town board completed its re-organization for the coming year. Supervisor Korpi, newly elected to a three-year term, was elected chairperson and Supervisor Baratto was elected Vice Chairperson. City Clerk Julie Jacobson was re-elected to a two-year term on Election Day, March 11.
Compensation for supervisors, clerk and treasurer were discussed. The chairperson’s compensation was raised from $75/month to $100/month; the supervisor’s compensation was raised from $60/month to $75/month. The salary for the clerk was increased to $250/month, from the current $200/month, and that of the treasurer was raised to $200/month, from the current $165/month.
Other items of re-organization:
• Meetings will continue to be the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
• American Bank will continue to be the township’s financial institute.
• The Scenic Range NewsForum was again designated the official newspaper.
• Itasca County was awarded the contract for snow plowing and grading.
Items for the calendar:
• The annual dinner for the county’s townships will take place on April 14 at 5 p.m., at the Blackberry Town Hall.
• The Annual Board of Appeal and Equalization will be held on April 23, at 1 p.m. at the town hall.
• The next regular meeting of the board of supervisors will take place on May 7 at 6:30 p.m.