Fall Lake board discusses road realignment

by Nancy McReady
A special Fall Lake Township meeting was held Monday evening to discuss realignment of Ernie’s Road. Seven citizens were in attendance, including the property owners who would be impacted by the options discussed.
Properties involved include parcels owned by Warren Johnson, Dave Johnson, Ed Seliskar, Ernie Seliskar, township land and Lake County land.
Currently, Locust Road is a platted road but has never been opened. This is an option to the east. This would be a straight road with a 66-foot right-of-way. Warren Johnson said using Locust would give him access to his property but upgrading the present Ernie’s Road would be the least expensive.
Fall Lake supervisors will contact Dave Johnson who was unable to attend the meeting for his opinion on the options discussed. Then the board will contact Lake County to get their approval.
The regular Fall Lake Township held on Tuesday had five citizens present.
Treasurer Don Stocks reported that the township had received $4,500 in lodging tax from Lake County and was in the process of moving it to Frandsen Bank. Stocks said he had received another $120,000 but it hasn’t been deposited yet.
Evelyn Kuzma said she had texted Eric Gruba with Northern Routes Rolloff to pick up containers for emptying. Other than that, all was going well at the Transfer Site with the help of Dean Barrett in shoveling.
The township received information from the Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program that there will be scholarships available to five juniors in the amount of $2,000 each. Janelle Hart said she would take applications to the school.
Supervisor Craig Seliskar said he has been checking on the price of chloride of township roads. The price doesn’t seem to be going up much currently. A decision will have to be made before summer if the township is going to order chloride.
Seliskar’s supervisor position for a three-year term will be determined on March 8. Filings are still open until Jan. 11. Contact Township Deputy Clerk Sheila Gruba by calling 218-365-3080 or stop at the town hall on Jan. 11 between the hours of 1 to 5 p.m. to file. There is a $2 filing fee.
Seliskar was contacted by Lake County Commissioner Pete Walsh asking for help from First Responders for the Tall Ship event in Two Harbors Aug. 4-7.
In correspondence:
• Received a mailing from the Ely/Winton Historical Society of which Fall Lake Township is a life member.
• Notice received from Lake County Planning & Zoning that they are accepting applications to their board. Anyone interested in applying can contact Environmental Services Director Christine McCarthy at 218-834-8327 for more information. They will be ability to attend meetings by Zoom at the town hall.
• Request from Minnesota Association of Townships for a resolution in support of the county not being able to dump county roads unto townships without their input.
• Notice was received from the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM of the public comment period on the withdrawal of 225,378 acres of USFS lands in the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest for a period of 20 years. Submit comments to: BLM_ES_Lands@blm.gov
• Received U.S. Census Bureau information for 2020 for township’s review.
• Received a Merry Christmas and thank you for township’s business from Hegfors.
• Several land use applications were received.
The next Morse/Fall Lake Fire Department meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Check the Fall Lake website at: https://falllaketownship.com/fire-department for applications to join the Fire Department.
The next regular Fall Lake Township meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. There is a budget meeting set for Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. The annual Board of Audit is set for Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.