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2013 December

Posted in 2013

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
December 11, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the November 13, 2013 meeting. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for account balances as of 11/30/2013.
General – $476,878
R & B – $ 273,917
Landfill Abatement – $ 524,319
Savings – $1,215,624
CDs – $270,041
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Bob Novak spoke with Cindy Schultz about the Wells Fargo money market funds. She stated that the county does do the step up plan. Bob Novak did get a step up plan from Steve Paddock, Investment Rep from Well’s Fargo.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to start an account with Well’s Fargo, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen will receive all contact information & correspond with Well’s Fargo and online banking information.
CD 84976 matures on 11/30/2013. Bob Novak motioned to transfer those funds into the savings account, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Waste Management will provide calendars.
Board of ReOrg will be on Jan. 8 at 7:00 PM.
Board of Audit will be scheduled during the Jan. 8th meeting.
Bob Novak brought up a storage facility and possibilities. He suggested having a meeting sometime in 2014 to go over options.
Don Lhotka motioned to pay the bills, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka motioned to adjourn meeting at 8:20 PM, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.

2013 November

Posted in 2013

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
November 13, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the 10/9 meeting. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the meeting notes, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous
Mike Donelly, Waste Management Rep., was present introducing himself.
Theresa Rusten asked Mike Donnelly about the memo for the .5% increase effective Jan. 1, 2014 and the fact it contradicts the current contract that rates are to be locked in until Dec. 31, 2014.
He stated that this may be an oversight and took a copy of the current contract. He informed the board to disregard the memo.
Dusty Hinkleman & Cheri Hinkleman were here requesting that a new culvert be replaced.
Bob Novak stated that if there is not a culvert there it is the property owner’s responsibility.
Mr. Hinkleman stated that he is need of new approach to his field because he cannot get his semis in.
The board informed the Hinkleman’s that the township is not responsible for replacing approaches.
Don Lhotka stated he will look at the Hinkleman culver situation this Spring.
Mr. Hinkleman stated that he has a drainage ditch in the back of his property and asked if he needed a permit to place in a bigger culvert. The board directed him to the zoning office.
Cheri Hinkleman asked about the bill for the gravel. Bob Novak stated that the township will be sending a bill.
The board had a conference call with Steve Padduck, Wells Fargo regarding possible investments. Bob Novak will talk to the township attorney about the length of investment time for townships. Bob Novak will be inviting Cindy Schultz to the next meeting as McLeod Cty are also customers.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report:
Genenal – $445,355
R & B – $283,600
Landfill Abatement – $514,638
CD – $270,039
Savings- $1,215,634
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Tipping fee for Oct. is $51,000 will be going into the General.
Road Conditions
On 160th, Hinkleman got stuck in the field and used a tractors to try to get the semi out and the road was damaged to the point that the road needed to be repaired.
Don Lhotka was called by a concerned resident on the condition of the road. Upon review of the road, Don Lhotka contacted the Sheriff’s dept. and visited with the Hinklmans. Hinklemans have agree to pay for the gravel to repair the road. Theresa Rusten will send an invoice for $250.60 for gravel for 160th repair.
Bob Novak informed the board about the temporary road closed on Ideal Av to help John Mohr out with pumping until we can address the collapsed culvert situation this Spring.
Rodney Schmidt expressed concern on the timing of Mueller’s blading the road. He would like to see them bladed immediately.
Proposal from Muellers for a 2 year bundle contract for road blading and snow removal also as stated in last month’s minutes.
Sanding truck with plow & wing – $130.00 per hour
Blade with plow and wing – $130.00 per hour
Sand truck to spread chips – $96.50 per hour
Limestone Chips – $23.75 per ton
Prices would be good thru the 2015 snow season
Donald Lhotka motioned to approve the 2 year contract with Mueller’s, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Theresa Rusten told the board about the new computer. She has suggested having the Geek Squad support the transfer of software and data. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve Best Buy’s technicians support, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous
The board brought up a compatible printer, Theresa Rusten will bring in estimates.
Theresa Rusten asked the boards permission to have Schad, Lindstrom accounting prepare board member’s W2’s. Bob Novak motioned to have Schad & Lindstrom prepare W2’s, Rodney Schmidt second the motion . Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka motioned to pay the bills, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Motion made by Bob Novak to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM, second made by Rodney Schmidt.

2013 October

Posted in 2013

Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
October 9, 2013
Board Participants: Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting minutes from the Sept. 18 Regular Meeting. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for fund balances as of 9/30/2013.
General – $420,495.47
R & B – $85,032.72
Landfill Abatement – $508,223.54
CD –
Savings -$1,215,634.08
Sept. Expenses – $18,872.77
Sept. Deposits – $49,337.91
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Jerry Schimmelpfennig came forward to the board with an estimate from Ewert Bros. to furnish & install 1200 ft of additional 8” tile. The job was quoted to be done in the spring of 2014.
Dennis Christensen brought to the board’s attention that when the tile was put in that there was a verbal agreement that no property owner could ever hook unto to it. As property owners around it the Christensen family does not feel that they should be responsible for 1/3 of the costs as they would not be benefitting from any of additional tiling.
The Christensen family stated that they would not contribute over $1000.00.
Mark Johnson stated that an easement should be done. Bob Novak stated that the only stipulation that would be made for the township tile portion is that Jerry S. & Mark Johnson maintain it.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to pay $2500.00 towards the cost of the additional tile, Bob Novak second the motion to $2500.00. Motion unanimous.
Rich Valley Township will provide a permit for all parties to review and sign off at the Nov. meeting.
Another stipulation would be that if the right of way of that road changes, the township would be responsible for it.
Paul Davis was present bringing up the Twins Grant for a dug out for the SL Softball field. He stated that the grant was approved and they received $5700.00 from the Twins Fields for Kids. He stated that the board approved a $4000.00 contribution to the field project. There are many other projects that need to be done to the field to complete. Bob Novak suggested that he come back with contractor invoices and the board will look into it.
Theresa Rusten informed the board that she contacted Matit about storage insurance for the tractor and other township equipment. She stated that we would cover the tractor under the township’s insurance.
Bob Novak stated that more trees need to be trimmed on 170th on Richard Wanous property. Bob Novak will be working with the property owner on what needs to be trimmed. Bob Novak motioned to hire Bob Shanahan’s Tree Service once approval is given from the property owner, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka brought up that there was a hole in Koala road by Mark Schmidt’s residence. Don Lhotka contacted Rodney Schmidt and they flagged the hole in the road. Rodney Schmidt suggested getting in a specialist in to help determine what type of tile/culvert is needed to fix our problem. Rodney Schmidt recommended a continuance to this meeting for the board to go and look at the situation.
The board will go and look at the road and Rodney Schmidt will contact Theresa Rusten and provide the results from this meeting.
Continuance: On October 10 Bob Novak, Rodney Schmidt and Donald Lhotka reviewed the tile/culvert condition on Koala Rd. The board determined at that to get rid of one of the culvert and repair existing. Motion made by Don Lhotka to have Ken Mathews dig out old culvert and fill with gravel, second made by Bob Novak. Motion unanimous. Bob Novak motioned to adjourn, Rodney Schmidt second. Motion unanimous.
Bob Novak spoke with Muellers about snow removal and grading for two years.
Sanding truck with plow & wing – $130.00 per hour
Blade with plow and wing – $130.00 per hour
Sand truck to spread chips – $96.50 per hour
Limestone Chips – $23.75 per ton
Prices would be good thru the 2015 snow season
Grading
Proposal to blade Rich Valley Township roads when requested by Township Officials at the rate of $130.00 per hour. Quoted price is effective through Dec. 31, 2015.
The board will readdress this at the Nov. meeting.
Faye Bruckschen will be going to the MAT Annual Meeting at Jackpot Junction. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve expenses beyond $500.00 and for the meeting costs, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak spoke with the township attorney about the unplanned quorums.
Bob Novak motioned to pay for the hours and mileage for inspecting the tractor, Rodney Schmidt second the motion.
Faye Bruckschen presented interest rate investment options.
Don Lhotka stated he received another quote for pumping the tanks from Litzau for $250.00.
Bob Novak received a quote from the county for cutting ditches for $85.00 an hour. Bob Novak motioned to hire the county for cutting ditches, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka motioned to pay the bills, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka motioned to have Zeimer come to check the furnace, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve a load of sand for the playground, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Motion made by Bob Novak for the continuance of tonight’s meeting to tomorrow’s 5:30 meeting. Rodney Schmidt second the motion Motion unanimous.
Motion made by Rodney Schmidt to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 PM, Bob Novak s second the motion. Motion unanimous.

2013 September

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Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
Sept. 18, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Bovak, Theresa Rusten
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the Aug. 14 Regular Meeting.
One correction was noticed that there was an error in the Aug. 14 meeting. This was the corrected statement in the Aug. 14th minutes:
Bob Novak motioned to moving in the direction to purchase a township tractor, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Rodney Schmidt and Bob Novak approve, Don Lhotka opposed. Motion carried.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the meeting notes, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Jerry Schimmelpfennig, Mark Johnson, Roger Bergman were present. Mark Johnson is requesting a written permit for the tiling that he installed on the Jerry S.
Bob Novak explained to the group that we are in process of documenting a permit, but with stipulations.
There was discussion between this group on the how the approval process took place.
Bob Novak stated that right now that the township ditch has been tapped.
There was some discussion on the flow of the water and what could happen to the Brent Christensen property with the addition of the tile.
Discussion was had over the existing tile on the Brent Christensen property .
Mark Johnson stated that what they were trying to do is improve the surrounding property.
The permit stipulations would be:
• extending the 1200 ft tile to the county ditch
• determining a size
• any future movement and future maintenance would fall on the property owner
• Roger Bergman suggested that an easement be added to the permit.
• if an easement is needed, all costs would be that of the property owners
• Bob Novak suggested this may be negotiable
Bob Novak stated that this tiling situation is not a township problem.
Bob Novak stated that another solution would be to disconnect the tile from the ditch tile.
Mark Johnson stated that they will daylight the tile on the Jerry Schimmelpfennig’s property.
Don Lhotka suggested to Jerry Schimmelpfennig to tile to the end of the ditch.
Bob Novak stated that we can move forward and create a permit.
Jerry Schimmelpfenning asked if the township would pick up 1/3 of the cost for the extension.
Bob Novak stated he didn’t feel the township should hold anyresponsibility for these costs. Rodney Schmidt stated that the township should take some responsibility for this situation. Jerry Schimmelpfenning stated that he will bring to the next meeting some estimates for the tile extension and the neighboring property owner.
This topic will again be addressed at the October Regular meeting.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
Bob Novak spoke with Steve Paddock from Well’s Fargo and he will be speaking with the board on financial opportunities.
CD 50585 has matured in August. Rodney Schmidt motioned to move this fund into the Security & Trust savings #35506.
Ron Popelka questioned the purchase of a tractor. Bob Novak stated that the board approved the purchase of a tractor. Bob Novak explained the usages of the tractor.
Detective Joe Oliver was present to see how the township is doing and if we have any issues.
Jodi Sell, Assessor, was present to explain and parcel miscalculation from her Assessment invoice from in April.
Mrs. Sell’s original invoice stated that 325 parcels were assessed, however 601 parcels were assessed.
She is asking to get paid for the 276 parcels that were overlooked.
The amount owed to her is $2070.00. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the assessment fee, Bob Novak second the motion.
Glencoe Oil changed hands to Glencoe Coop. Don Lhotka motioned to approve to use Glencoe Coop for the township fuel needs, Rodney Schmidt second the motion.
Theresa Rusten will complete the credit application.
McLeod County Association meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 PM at the Courthouse.
Bob Novak has tractor prices.
John Deere, 6115M, with loader, $83,843.76.New Holland, $67,700, if we wanted more horsepower, $68,900.
Bob Novak motioned to purchase the New Holland tractor at $67,700 with a March delivery, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Don Lhotka opposed the motion. Motion carried.
The board took some time to revisit the open meeting law and it’s purpose.
Bob Novak brought to some quotes for the purchase of a ditch cutter. Rodney Schmidt stated that he would like to wait until the summer for this type of purchase.
Don Lhotka stated he would like to county to continue to take care of it.
Bob Novak will speak with the county and get some quotes on ditch cutting.
Rodney Schmidt suggested getting a two year quote from WM Mueller’s for blading and plowing. The board discussed that bids would be needed for blading work.
Rodney Schmidt asked about the Envirotech payment of $3690.00. Theresa Rusten explained the delay of this invoice.
Don Lhotka stated that he want to get the grinder ready and the tractor ready and trim the cartways.
Bob Novak stated that he didn’t feel that would be safe for Donald Lhotka to do this. Rodney Schmidt did not see it that way. There was no motion made .
Rodney Schmidt asked if the board would consider to get more sand for around the play area.
Bob Novak got a quote for $375.00 from Vik’s to fill that area. Bob Novak will be getting another quote.
Rodney Schmidt motioned that we purchase two flags with fiber glass posts from Menards.
Don Lhotka brought in a quote for installing 4 culverts , 1 on 170th, 2 on 165th and 1 on 180th for $1200.00 to pick up and take care of the old ones from Ken Mathew’s Digging. Bob Novak motioned to approve the culvert installation, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Board discussed the problem by Al Emme’s property with flooding over the road. Rodney Schmidt will talk with Al Emme about how the field is plowed.
Don Lhotka brought a quote from Chad Bandas to plow cart way at $60.00 per hour. He also put in a quote for plowing the town hall for $38.00 per time.
Bob Novak motioned to approve Chad Bandas to provide snow removal for our cart ways at $60.00 per hour, and snow removal for the hall, Rodney Schmidt second the motion.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 PM, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.

2013 August

Posted in 2013

Rich Valley Township
Regular Township Meeting
August 14, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Rodney Schmidt, Theresa Rusten
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the July regular meeting. Motion made by Rodney Schmidt to approve the meeting notes, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Fay Bruckschen presented the treasurers report for fund balances as of 7/30/2013
General: $361,888.70
R & B: $396,358.71
Landfill Abatement: $488,292.66
CD’s – $793,314.47
Savings -$685,881.42
Expenses = $143,7777.27
Deposits = $47,270.45
Faye Bruckschen stated that CD 50585 for $523,274.40 will mature on 8/18.
Bob Novak spoke with a representative from Wells Fargo about bonds. The board discussed the option of investing into bonds.
Bob Novak will contact the Wells Fargo rep about coming to a meeting.
Motion made by Don Lhotka to approved
Theresa Rusten presented two quotes for 6 voting booths and 1 handicapped booth.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to purchase 6 Pollmaster I with lights and 1 handicapped booth for $1589.00, Donald Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt presented some quotes for the landscaping around the sign.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to hire Four Seasons for the amount $3329.00, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt presented a quote for the hall window repair. Wade Just Construction would wrap 7 windows with coil stock, caulk, flash and south door for $565.00 for material & labor.
Don Lhotka motioned to hire Wade Just Construction for window repair, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt researched playground timber. He received a quote from Playground Equipment for $1710.00. Bob Novak motioned to purchase the border for playground, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Bob Novak received a quote from Mueller & Sons for 137th street.
There is a need for a longer culvert under the road, culvert extensions will need to be added to the culvert there. The condition the road is in now is a safety hazard and there is a need to rebuild the ditches to improve the ditch grade.
Mueller’s would improve this ditch for $3950.00.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve this improvement to 137th street, Rodney Schmidt second the motion.
Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka will look at some culvert issues and bring repair prices to the next meeting.
The board discussed the tile connection of tile from the Jerry Schmiemmelfeling property to the township ditch tile. Theresa Rusten will draft a permission note for Jerry Schimmelfeling for the board to review/sign at the Sept. meeting.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve this tile connection, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Bob Novak presented some quotes for tractors from (2) John Deere and (3)New Holland. After review, Bob Novak is recommending the New Holland T5105 for $58,625 tractor/loader for $7,700.
For the John Deere, the recommendation from Bob Novak is 6115M for $76,792/loader $5284. The board may want to consider a heavier duty loader for the John Deere.
Bob Novak also presented a flail cutter bid also.
The board continued to discuss the pros and cons about the purchase of a tractor.
Bob Novak motioned to moving in the direction to purchase a township tractor, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Rodney Schmidt and Bob Novak approve, Don Lhotka opposed. Motion carried.
Rodney Schmidt recommended not ordering/purchasing until this Winter.
Motion made by Rodney Schmidt to pay the bills, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Motion made by Don Lhotka to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 PM, second made Rodney Schmidt.
Motion unanimous.

2013 July

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Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
July 10, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten
The board reviewed the June 19th meeting notes. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report for June 31 fund balances.
General = $348,196.91
R& B = $472,431.07
Landfill Abatement = $522,288.27
CD’s =$793,314.47
Savings = $685,881.42
Expenses = $22,613.77
Receipts = $83,444.56
Faye Bruckschen mentioned that CD 50585 will mature Aug. 18th. Ms. Bruckschen brought in more information on government investments. She will be contacting the investment broker that McLeod County uses.
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Bob Novak signed the Silver Lake Fire/Ambulance contract.
Theresa Rusten will be going to Franklin to purchase a ‘Property of Rich Valley Township’ stencil.
Bob Novak stated that he will be bringing information on road block barricades.
Bob Novak talked to Kyle Osmek and he will be coming to redo the wiring so that each outlet is on it’s own breaker.
Bob Novak talked to Virgil Vacek about doing a grill for the township.
Rodney Schmidt will be getting some quotes for the landscaping around the sign.
Rodney Schmidt talked about the windows and the poor condition, one of them is even leaking. He suggested that we get a sheet metal specialist to look into fixing this. He will talk to a contractor and get a cost.
Rodney Schmidt suggested getting a couple more 8 ft tables. Bob Novak will look at what is available at Menards. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the purchase of two 8 foot or 3 6 foot tables for the hall, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt stated that the playground was in rough shape, very weedy and poor ground lay.
He suggested playground plastic border be laid under the equipment and will be bringing more information on it.
A fire pit for the township hall was discussed. This will be discussed more at the August meeting.
Theresa Rusten will contact MATIT about insurance for the new township hall sign. Rodney Schmidt recommended insuring it for $5,000.00.
Bob Novak motioned raising the debit card limit from $500.00 per day to $2,000.00 per day, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka stated that we will need to do something about the thistles in the ditch. He talked to Jim Hlavka and he stated $80.00 per hour plus the cost of spray. Bob Novak motioned to hire Jim Hlavka to spray at $80.00 per hour, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Rodney Schmidt stated that the dust control is completed. He stated that we used ~25,000 gallons less than last year due to an 18 foot spray pass instead of a 24 foot pass as done in the past.
Bob Novak mentioned that we should consider placing reflecting poles on the road where the culvert placed on 130th. Bob Novak will talk to the county on sign costs.
Theresa Rusten will be bringing in more information on an updated computer and printers.
The board completed a pro and con analysis for an equipment purchase plan.
Motion made by Don Lhotka to pay the bills, second made by Rodney Schmidt. Motion unanimous.
Motion made by Rodney Schmidt to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 PM, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Motion unanimous.

2013 June

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Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
June 19, 2013
Participants: Don Lhotka, Rodney Schmidt, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten, Faye Bruckschen
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the May 8 regular meeting. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion carried.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
Cash balances as of 5/1/2013:
General – $320,495
R & B – $447,354
Landfill Abatement – $514,504
CD’s – $523,274, $145,514, $124,525
Savings – $685,505
May Expenses = $14651.65
May Deposits = $70,515
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Theresa Rusten provided the Board members the Board of Appeal training schedule for 2013. Bob Novak and Don Lhotka’s training expires on July 1,2016. Rodney Schmidt will review the schedule and attend a session that works with his schedule.
Bob Novak informed the board that the grill order was tabled due to the high cost of shipping.
Bob Novak stated that he will be working with Virgil Vacek for a quote for an 18” x 30”grill. Rodney Schmidt motioned that if the quote does not exceed $500.00, that he should go ahead and make it. Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Carrie Morgando was present showing the aerial view map books for the township. The board was very impressed with the quality and content of the books. Each Supervisor was provided with a book and the township will house the master book along with the CD.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the payment of $2107.31 payment to Carrie Morgando, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Theresa Rusten will be bringing all voting booth info including a ADA booth to the July meeting.
Theresa Rusten asked the board approval to send a clean up week card to to Myrtiss Schmidt. Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve this, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Don Lhotka stated that the gravel/blading project for this Spring went well. Mueller’s were blading yesterday and called Don Lhotka to look at a hole on 137th street.
Donald received a quote for $900.00 from Ken Mathews to remove old and install new culvert.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve having Ken Mathews culvert replacement for $900.00, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Rodney Schmidt reported that dust coating should happen the first week in July.
Due to the late Spring our contractor is three weeks behind.
Bob Novak mentioned that we will be receiving a dust control bill from the county for spraying the county maintained roads.
Elvis Voight contacted the township asking if we would like the bridge signs on Kale Ave that have vehicle damage and faded replaced. Bob Novak motioned to have the county replace the signs, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion carried.
The board will be meeting and looking at bridge repairs on June26 at 6:00 PM. This will be a continuance of tonight’s meeting, Theresa Rusten will post this.
Faye Bruckschen stated that there are portions of the pavements on 137th that are in need of repair.
Are we responsible to repair a part of the road that Waste Management applied. Bob Novak stated that Waste Management should maintain the asphalt and that the township is responsible for the base.
Rodney Schmidt presented the board with a township sign proposal. His proposal was from County Line Countertops for $4470.00. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the township sign and Bob Novak second the motion. Motion carried.
Bob Novak brought up that there is a culvert caving in on 170th street by Ronald Penas’s residence that needs to be replaces.
There is also another one on 180th that will need attention and need to be replaced.
Motion made by Bob Novak to replace these two culverts, second made by Rodney Schmidt.
Motion carried.
Motion made by Don Lhotka to pay the bills, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion carried.
Motion made by Rodney Schmidt to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 PM, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion carried.

2013 May

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Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
May 8, 2013
Participants: Faye Bruckschen, Ron Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the April 8 regular meeting. Don Lhotka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurers report.
As of 4/30/2013:
General – $278,139.02
R & B – $449,752.92
Landfill Abatement -$498,404.01
CD’s- $793,314.47
Savings -$685,505.42
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Theresa Rusten presented to the board a letter from the Historical Society. They again are asking for funds. Don Lhotka motioned to donate $500.00, Bob Novak second the motion. Rodney Schmidt opposed. Motion carried.
Waste management calendar was discussed. Theresa Rusten informed the board that Waste Management did send out garbage/recycling calendars last year to all residents. Board members were reminded that if they receive calls that recycling collection is on Thursday of the first full week in each month.
Solid Waste Recycling location letter was reviewed from the board.
Road Conditions
Bob Novak asked the board if they determined which roads should be graveled. Don Lhotka stated that the graders suggested graveling the entire township only spreading it on thinner.
Board members all agreed that this would be the best approach.
Don Lhotka motioned to apply gravel to all township gravel roads, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
Don Lhotka will let the board know when this will take place.
The county contacted Bob Novak and asked to delay dust coating on 155th until they can gravel and blade. The county stated that they felt they could get have it ready by June 1.
Rodney Schmidt spoke with Envirotech about dust coating. They will need two week notice.
Theresa Rusten gave the board a list on contractors that we need update Liability Certificates from.
Bob Novak talked to LITE Electronics about fixing the circuit breakers in the township hall.
Bob Novak stated the township mapping has started.
Don Lhotka stated that the rocks were removed on 160th street.
Bob Novak received a couple of proposals for repairing Imperial Ave. from Mueller’s. Their estimate included to salvage the gravel, cut down in slope into the road about 6’ to create a ditch slope. They will take off the vegetation and fill in with class 5 gravel, cut back slope down and place on in slope. They will also seed and blanket the ditch. This job would cost $3650.00.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to contract Mueller’s to repair Imperial, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion carried.
Bob Novak also received a quote for 130th street where there is no ditch anymore. Quote included:
• Strip off the topsoin in the ditch area along 130th.
• Cut in new ditch and haul dirt away (Approx. 85 loads)
• Place topsoil back in ditch
• * Seed and place blanket
• Equip. & seeding – $5520.00
• Hauling to Chad Hoese’s $25.00 per load
• Hauling to pit $45.00 per load
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the 130th street ditch repair to be done by Mueller’s/Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion carried.
Bob Novak brought some literature for the board to consider about voting booths. He also brought in information on a new message center for the hall.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the purchase of the message board for $360.00/+ shipping/tax, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak brought up purchasing a couple of permanent grills for the township property for $298.00 per piece + S/H. Bob Novak motioned to purchase 2 grills, Don Lhotka second the motion.
Bob Novak suggested that we purchase some flagging cones. Don Lhotka stated that we should purchase 5 at the cost of $136.46. Roger Schmidt motioned to purchase 10, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion unanimous.
McLeod County Hwy dept called Donald Lhotka about people using Garden Ave. as a detour.
Ronald Pulkrabek sent a letter to the board with a concern about the amount of the rock chips that Mueller’s placed on Koniska road. Bob Novak stated that when Mueller disc’s the ditches it should resolve the problem. The issue will be revisited next month.
Rodney Schmidt brought up the dust coating the cart way in front of Richard Kosek’s house.
Rodney Schmidt also brought up some concerns from the end of 130th street and which township maintains it. Rodney will be contacting the resident and give them Glencoe Township’s contact information. Rodney also received questions on private dust coating for drive ways and he will give them Envirotech contact info and they will have contact them on their own.
Don Lhotka motioned to pay the bills, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion carried.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 PM, Don Lhotka second the motion.

2013 April

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Rich Valley Township
Regular Meeting
April 10, 2013
Board Members Present: Faye Bruckschen, Rodney Schmidt, Don Lhotka, Bob Novak, Theresa Rusten
Bob Novak opened the meeting at 7:30 PM.
The board reviewed the meeting notes from the March 13th regular meeting. Donald Lhotka motioned to approve the meeting notes, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the treasurer’s report.
General- $284,037.73
R & B – $454,931.18
Landfill Abatement – $506,105.82
CDs – $793,314.77
Savings – $685,505.42
March Revenue – $36,912.52
March Expenses – $35,267.01
Don Lhotka motioned to approve the treasurer’s report, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Don Lhotka motioned to place the March 2/3 tipping fee in the general fund, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Bob Novak is still in process of working on the township maps.
The board reviewed the 2013 Township Update letter that will be mailed to the residents.
The board reviewed the clean up week schedule and card that will be sent to residents.
Theresa Rusten informed the board that we may want to look at our outlet/breakers looked into.
Bob Novak motioned to bring a contractor to look at our wiring and if the quote doesn’t exceed $1000.00 to proceed with the electrical upgrade, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Theresa Rusten will be bringing some portable voting booth information to our next meeting.
Theresa Rusten will bring to the board quotes for computer / printer costs.
Bob Novak received a quote from Viks for lawn care. $40.00 per cut and $45.00 per application for weed control/fertilizer, $25.00 per application for weed control for the parking lot. Bob Novak motioned to approve contracting Viks’ for lawn care, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Bob Novak stated that he will be looking at costs for sprinkler system.
WE received one sealed gravel bid from Mueller’s & Sons who proposed to haul class 5 gravel/blade at $9.55 per CY LV.
Rodney Schmidt will talk with contractor about the residents getting the gravel/blading from Muellers, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Bob Novak and Rodney Schmidt both stated that if we are going to do ½ the township that the roads get done completely on that half. The board will be doing road checks to determine where the need is.
The township reviewed the only bid received for dust coating from Envirotech. Envirotech provided a quote for using magnesium chloride (.82 gallon ) and calcium chloride (.88 gallon).
Rodney Schmidt motioned to contract with Envirotech for dust coating using magnesium chloride, Don Lhotka second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Don Lhotka stated that we really need to do something about the rocks on 160th by Emmes. Don Lhotka stated they need to be dug out. Bob Novak mentioned to take Ken Mathews to look at the rocks. Bob Novak motioned to approve the hiring of Ken Matthews not to exceed $2000.00 to dig up the rocks, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Don Lhotka brought up that a tree cluster needs to be removed on 145th street.
Bob Novak will look at this.
Motion was made by Don Lhotka to pay the bills, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was made unanimous.
Motion made to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM by Rodney Schmidt, Bob Novak second the motion.
Motion was made unanimous.

2013 March

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Rich Valley Township
Annual Meeting
March 13, 2013
Theresa Rusten opened the meeting at 7:00 PM.
The residents were welcomed and the Pledge was said.
Theresa Rusten motioned to have Doug Portele as moderator, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion carried
Theresa Rusten read the 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes. Don Lhotka motioned to approve, Wally Zich second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Public Safety
Duane Wawzniak, representing the SL Ambulance, reported the 2012 run report. Total runs = 116, 11 in Rich Valley. He also presented a 3 yr summary of runs & transports.
A report of revenues & expenses was presented. He stated the big expense again was uncollectable debts and the budget reflected this debt.
The SL Ambulance is asking for $3150.00 from Rich Valley for 2013.
Richard Kosek motioned to contribute #3150.00 to the SL Ambulance, Faye Bruckschen second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
SL Fire Dept. was represented by Dale Kosek & Keith Anderson. Mr. Kosek presented the 2013 budget.
Using the formulas of estimated market values, they are asking for a 2013 contribution of $8,254.00.
Chad Bandas motioned to approve the $8254.00 contribution, Bob Novak second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Glencoe Fire Dept was represented by Jason Neubarth & Brad Eggersgluess. Eighty-eight calls were taken in 2012, 8 to Rich Valley. GLFD is asking for a $8,005.47 contribution.
Mr. Neubarth stated that they are pursuing the purchase a new ‘used’ Aariel truck. They presented the township share of contributions.
Rodney Schmidt motioned to approve the $8005.47 contribution, Wally Zich second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Faye Bruckschen presented the Cash Balance Report for year ending Dec. 31, 2012 with an ending cash balance of $2,680,638.
Bob Novak motioned to approve the 2012 Cash Balance Report, Dale Kosek second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
2012 Profit/Loss report was presented by Theresa Rusten.
Bob Novak motioned to approve the 2012 Profit/Loss statement, Chad Bandas second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
2013 Budget Proposal was presented by Theresa Rusten. Doug Portele motioned to approve the 2013 Budget, Rodney Schmidt second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Levy Proposal- Bob Novak motioned to lower the total levy amount to $65,000 with the breakdown of:
R & B: $63,000
General : $1000
Fire: $1000
Gene Straechek second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Bob Novak gave a road report for 2013. He stated that the board plans on dust coating all the gravel roads again this year. Mr. Novak also stated that we have a new contractor for snow removal. He stated that we are getting timely plowing with the new contractor.
We will be looking at how much gravel will be needed for 2013.
Bob Novak stated that the newsletter will be coming out late Spring. The newsletter will have board contact information along with the breakdown of Supervisor’s responsibilities.
Residents brought up a concern about the lack of salt/rock chips that need to be placed, especially on 160th street.
Doug Portele asked about the half graveling process to take place for 2013 and asked how that will work with dust control.
Doug Portele asked about the tractor that was used this Fall and Bob Novak stated that it was a leased tractor. Mr. Portele also asked about weed control and the cost.
Garbage Clean Up week proposed schedule of June 10th through June 15.
Doug Portele motioned to approve the schedule using the same refuse limits as last year, second made by Rodney Schmidt. Motion was unanimous.
Marrietta Neuman was present representing the McLeod County Food Shelf. She stated that the usage for the food shelf continues to go up.
She is asking for another $8,000.00 donation.
Bob Novak motioned to approve the donation, Karen Hendrickson second the motion. Motion was unanimous.
Township Newspapers currently are the McLeod Chronicle & SL Leader.
Doug Portele motioned to continue to have these newspapers used for township notices, second made by Faye Bruckschen. Motion was unanimous.
2014 Annual Meeting – 7:00 – Rich Valley Township
Open discussion.
Chad Bandas brought up the purchase of a tractor and that this is something that should be the elector’s choice. Theresa Rusten stated she agreed with Chad Bandas and that a purchase of this extent should be in the elector’s hands. A shed to store the equipment in is something that was talked about at a previous meeting and this type of construction project would need to go to the voters.
Rodney Schmidt brought up that he feels we spend a lot of money on donations but he doesn’t see anything being done to see the township grow to take care of itself. He feels that the township should look at equipment purchases so that in the future the township can take care of itself with it’s own equipment.
Bob Novak motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 PM, Doug Portele second the motion.
Meeting adjourned.