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Apr 22, 2023

Draft - Unapproved


Garfield Town -  Annual Meeting

April 22, 2023


Present:         Chairman:     Ed Gullickson          

                        Supervisor:    Don Mork

                        Supervisor:    George Stroebel

                        Clerk:              Sue Knutson (Via Phone)

                        Treasurer:      JoAnn Erickson




Meeting called to orderby Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 9:00 am.


Minutes of Last Annual Meeting:  Minutes from last year’s annual meeting were read.  Motion made and seconded to approve the annual meeting minutes as submitted. Carried-unanimously.


Concerns:  A note on the new noise and junk ordinances: Ordinances look forward and not back. 

     It was brought up that the pine trees on Sunrise Beach cause ice on the road in the winter.

     Questions about the county bike trails – the Town of Garfield does not have anything to do with these trails.

     It was pointed out that the taxes for the Town of Garfield are increasing, but that does not come from the town as our levy is remaining steady.


Annual Statement:  2022 Annual Statement was explained by the Board.  Gullickson explained the town loans we currently have and the new loan that will come with the new snow plow truck that has been ordered and will be coming soon. The Town of Garfield does not lease any equipment, all our equipment is owned by the town. Motion made and seconded to approve the 2022 annual statement as submitted. Carried unanimously.


Road Concerns:  Several projects this year. Sunrise Beach boat landing: we have a grant to cover costs for some of that work to fill in the lagoon, Lone Pine Lane: drainage problem, trying for a grant on the project as well, Walleye Court: drainage problem, 90th Ave: road work, 155th Ave: road work.


Allied Emergency Services:  Kevin Christianson submitted information on the total runs for the past year. The Department had approximately 380 runs. The fire department covers approximately 135 square miles. This year’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser served between 900-1,000 people. Final numbers for money raised are not in yet. May 14th will be our 28th annual Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser – all are welcome to attend. These community fundraisers have allowed the purchase of equipment outside the normal budgeting process.


Ambulance Service:Gullickson explained the Ambulance merger and how it has been a good thing for our community.


Gopher Bounty:  Motion made and seconded to keep the pocket gopher bounty at $3.00 per tail, no bounty on stripe gopher tails.  Carried-unanimously.


Adjourn:  Motion made and seconded to adjourn meeting, 10:19 am.  Carried-unanimously.


Submitted by:  JoAnn Erickson, Treasurer

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