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September 21, 2018






 Chaos and Grit

Breitung Town Board held special meeting

by Al Reller

The Breitung Town Board was presented with a short agenda on Wednesday, September 12, and it dealt with the five items, perhaps, in record time.
The cost for upgrades and changes in the West Church Street Sewer Project No. 13-807 will cost the township an estimated $9,270.00. The project is actually located in the alley, so traffic tie-up will not be an issue. A preconstruction conference regarding the project was held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 13.
Three quotes were received for the remodeling project at the Fire Hall: Painting: $5,000.00 from Vermilion Painting, and electrical upgrades: Sparkbusters, $4,293.32 and Brown Electric, Inc., $6,775.00 without LED lights and $8,200 with LED lights. For readers who are not electricians, LEDs are "directional" light sources, which means they emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and CFL, which emit light and heat in all directions. That means LEDs are able to use light and energy more efficiently in a multitude of applications.
Ordinance 2018-16 deals with a frigid problem just ahead. The township will no longer thaw frozen residential water lines for free. The costs might be covered by the home owner's insurance. Hydrants will have been flushed on Wednesday, September 19, by the time The Tower News hits the streets.
The next regular Township meeting was set for Wednesday, September 26, at 1:00 p.m.

Greenwood Township

by Anthony Sikora

Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Greenwood Town Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Ralston opened the regular September 11 town board meeting by asking for a moment of silence in memory of the Americans lost during the attacks on New York, Washington D. C. and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 17 years earlier. 
Following this expression of reverence the meeting got underway when Ralston said that he would like to see the township adjust the agenda by moving public comments from its place near the beginning of the meeting until the end of the agenda. He made a motion to do exactly that, and with support for his motion unanimous consent was provided by the supervisors on the town board. 
The township was notified of the State of Minnesota's intention to sell a parcel of tax forfeit land within Greenwood Township to the Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club. The state is seeking approval from the township to reclassify the parcel from conservation land to non-conservation lands which would permit the Penguins to build a workshop and storage facility for its extensive snowmobile trail grooming equipment. The town board gave its approval to the change in classification, 5­0.
The town board again discussed the problems it experienced keeping the recycling canisters at the town hall clean. According to Supervisor Carmen DeLuca it is almost a daily task to keep the area neat and orderly. Chairman Ralston said, "I am tired of getting beat up about the canisters," and made a motion to remove them from the town hall area. His motion, however, failed for a lack of support. Many people in the township want easy access to recycling and others want the recycling canisters removed from the town hall. Supervisor Paul Skubic said that he understands that there is a lot of support for keeping the recycling canisters in place, however, "If it wasn't for guys like Carmen and Larry (Supervisor Tahija), who go there all the time, it would be a real mess." Skubic said that he was in favor of maintaining the status quo, utilizing volunteer town board supervisor labor to keep the area clean, and place the final decision on recycling before township voters at the annual meeting in March of next year. No other action was undertaken.
In other action, the Greenwood Township Board of Supervisors:
· Approved the minutes from the August 15, 2018 regular town board meeting
· Approved the Treasurer's Report as presented by Treasurer Pam Rodgers, noting August ending balances of :
$257,401.28 - Checking Account
$251,651.27 - Long Term Investments
$230,715.29 - Savings Accounts
$739,767.84 - Total
· Approved the payment of all current claims against the township
· Instructed the fire department to review its training and membership policies and forward recommendations for changes to the standard operating guidelines to the town board 
· Acknowledged that the township is responsible for maintenance of the Birch Point Extension Road and asked Town Clerk Sue Drobac to contact all adjacent property owners asking them to help keep the roadway brushed along their properties
· Asked Clerk Drobac to consult with the township insurance carrier on listing the new playground equipment and snomobile ambulance as insured Greenwood Township real property
· Decided that the township will run advertisements intended to educate township residents on voting and absentee voting procedures for the upcoming mid-term elections on November 6
· Approved providing keys to the town hall bathrooms for people reserving the pavilion. The township takes a $50 deposit for groups of less than 50 people and $100 deposit for groups more than 50 people, utilizing the town hall or the pavilion and the deposits are fully refundable provided everything is left in clean conditions
· Approved purchasing three full sets of fire fighter gear for three firefighters who already have, or will soon, finish their training requirements
· Learned from Supervisor Tahija that the walking trail culvert repairs were now complete and in good order
· Approved utilizing leftover food from the 40th Anniversary celebration at the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground equipment on September 22
· Denied a grievance filed by Jeff Maus, because he was not paid for the time he spent studying for tests related to fire fighter training he undertook
· Approved a $100 donation to Northwoods Partners 
· Approved accepting the $1,956 quote from Reichel Electric to replace all of the overhead lighting in the town hall with light-emitting diode fixtures and bulbs

Burglary at Zup's Grocery Store under investigation

Breitung Police Officer Jason Sanderson of the Breitung Police Department reported that early Monday morning, September 17, at 4:00 a.m. the Breitung Police Department responded to a 911 call for a bold burglary at Zup's Grocery Store on Tower's Main Street. The officer arrived at the scene and discovered that the back door had been pried open. Further investigation revealed that the door to the office also had been broken into and a Zup's employee stated that the safe had been stolen.
Video surveillance revealed that the suspect is a white male, between forty and fifty years of age, approximately five feet, eight inches tall and weighing between two hundred and two hundred twenty pounds, with a stocky build.
The Breitung Police Department is working with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and other area police departments on the investigation, which is ongoing.
If anyone has any information regarding the burglary, please contact the Breitung Police Department at 218-753-6660 or call 911.

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