At its meeting on May 13, members of the Nashwauk Town Board were urged to buy local by one businessman.
Arnold Yuhala, of Yuhala Bros. spoke to the board about its decision to purchase a John Deere mower from outside the area as opposed to the bid he submitted. The board responded they wished to try another brand. Citing his familial roots in the township and his policy for himself and his employees to buy local, he voiced strong opposition to the decision and asked board members to rethink the purchase. Despite Yuhala’s appeal, the board maintained its decision in April to purchase a John Deere.
Other matters addressed by the township board included:
• Noted that the town hall committee displayed the rough draft drawings of a proposed new town hall at the Nashwauk Home Show in April. In addition, to manning the booth for the show, the committee has hosted several other fund raisers.
• The township will offer Delta dental coverage to its employees. The township will pay for 85 percent and the employee 15 percent of the cost. Rick Hipsag, maintenance supervisor will take advantage of the new plan.
• The board agreed to hire five township students for the summer at $7.50/hour for first year hires and $8.00/hour for returning workers.
• The township’s representative on the Greenway Rec Board, Carissa McIlwain, reported the Rec Board has revamped the summer baseball program. Now, more kids will be able to play and for a longer period of time in the summer. She also reported the meetings of the board have been returned to the arena in Coleraine.
• Following a discussion about the wages paid to Hipsag, the board took action to increase his wage an additional $.50/hour.
• Clerk Karine Woodman initiated discussion on the township’s web site. The renewal recently came due and after communication with the host of the web site, Woodman obtained a renewal rate of $308.00 for three years. The board approved reimbursing the clerk for the expense.
• The Summer Short Course for townships will be held in June and the expenses of supervisors who wish to attend will be covered by the township.
The next regular meeting will be on May 10, 7 p.m.