Burnhamville Township • June 27, 2023


The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville was held June 27, 2023 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair Mike Berscheit. Members present include Supervisors Bruce Johnson, Joe Muellner and Mike Berscheit; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky and Treasurer Pam Throener. Also present were Erv Herdering, Delvin Durheim, Joe & Carol Pelzel, Dennis & Patti Midthun, Steve Richter, Joan Ganley, Greg Hegeholz, Mike Legatt, Sue Krippner, and Joe Thomalla
The minutes from the regular meeting of May 30, 2023 were approved on a motion by Sup. Johnson and second by Sup. Berscheit. Motion passed.
For correspondence the township received notice of county planning and zoning meeting, Census information, invitation to Todd County Conservation Tour, partial information on ROW buffer and a notice of some residents seeking a lawyer.
A motion was made by Sup. Berscheit to pay all bills numbered 6463 through 6478 totaling $55,030.65. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Several residents from Big Swan Lake Association /Emerald Trail area were in attendance to comment on run off from field across the turn-around area on Emerald Trail. They are upset about the lack of communication and the smell of the feed lot on 184th St. The township has plans to clean out the ditch and build up the road in the fall. The land owner should be planting a buffer next spring. Lake association representatives would like a 50 foot buffer and county is suggesting a 30 foot buffer. The residents are disappointed they were not aware of the hearing for the feed lot. The permit was for 499 animal units and did not require a notice to all of the neighbors but the president of the lake association was aware. The residents are asking the farmer to follow the rules and clean up the feed lot area. They are concerned about the air quality. The farmer has planted some trees but they are not noticeable yet due to the drought. The Big Swan Lake Association will be asking for a hearing at a county commissioner meeting and would like support from the township board there.
A representative of the Todd County Broadband Association was present to discuss their plans. They would like a letter of support from Burnhamville Township Board and possibly financial support in the future to help get fiber internet to all residents. He said the broadband committee at the state determines what areas get better service.
Burnhamville Township board received an estimate of $373,382.54 to tar Dunlin Road. The county said slim chance of grants available to help with the cost. The county projects have federal money in them so we cannot join those projects. No residents were in attendance to discuss their wishes so the board tabled the issue.
In the road report the board and the contractor discussed helping the city improve 331st Ave. Sup. Muellner made a motion to cost share one half of building up the road 331st Ave. in town. Motion seconded by Sup. Berscheit. Upon vote motion passed. The board did not receive full plan for road right-of-way buffer for Dunlin Road/Enchanted Loop area. When plan is received Sup. Johnson will get quotes.
The board reviewed the ditch mowing bids received. Sup. Johnson made a motion to accept the bid from Mike Berscheit. Motion was seconded by Sup. Muellner. Motion passed with Sup. Berscheit abstaining due to involvement.
Treasurer’s report shows balance of $177,026.87. Many dust control checks have been deposited. The board received a $1,000.00 donation from the Swanville Sportsmens Club for improvements to the fishing access on Bass Lake as motioned by Sup. Berscheit and seconded by Sup. Muellner. Motion passed with Sup. Johnson abstaining due to involvement. Reported approved on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and second by Sup. Johnson.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and a second by Sup. Muellner. Next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 7 p.m. in the Burtrum Community Center.
Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk