Brad Harguth was appointed moderator for the Wilmington Township annual meeting held at the Town Hall at 8:15 p.m. on March 13 and attended by 10 township residents.

The 2011 financial statement, presented by clerk/treasurer Julie Amundson, showed a balance of $116,781.11 at the beginning of the year.

Income was $164,265.12 and expenses $142,969.20, leaving a balance at the end of the year of $138,077.03. Actual expenses for the year were under budget for the levied amount.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the clerk, she requested that the financial report be tabled until the next annual meeting.

Wilmington Township has 38.3 miles of roads in Houston County, and there are 36 named roads in the township.

Snowplowing expenses for January through March 2011 totaled $42,845.02. Due to a mild 2011-2012 winter, snow plowing cost incurred at the end of the year added another $4,099. As a result, the township was able to begin 2012 with a very positive fund balance.

In 2011, the township received state grant and federal aid in the amount of $2,034.24 for Roads and Bridges.

"We don't know if we'll get that again," echoed the township board, adding, "The new legislature is supposed to have more money for bridges."

"FEMA came through exceptionally well," the clerk commented about receiving $27,330.46 in federal monies when some road rock and signs were lost during heavy rains in June of 2010.

Township resumes maintenance

In November, the Winter Maintenance Agreement with Caledonia Township was dissolved. Wilmington felt that Caledonia did not live up to their end of the agreement by neglecting South Prairie Rd.

No ice control was put on the road for several days and the road was unable to be traveled for that period of time.

"We went back to taking care of our own roads," Greg Myhre, board chairman, reported.

Road projects completed

Road projects completed in 2011 included chip and seal surfacing completed in the Nine Oakes, costing $9,300.

Replacement of a 51 ft. by 20 ft. culvert, digging out an old culvert and replacing it with a new pipe, and cleaning out some ditches in the same development totaled another $126,323.85.

The township has two bridges to replace on Wiebke Hill Dr., but due to lack of funds, the township is waiting to see if funding becomes available.

The South Prairie Bridge replacement, which has been in the works since 2001, is scheduled for the fall of 2012.

Levy approved at same rate

With town board recommendation, the residents approved a levy in the amount of $210,000, the same as the previous year. The levied amount, which comes out of the taxpayer's pocket for 2012 taxes payable in 2013, includes:

General Fund $29,000

Road and Bridge $154,200

Ambulance $3,300

Fire $17,000

Solid Waste $6,500

Frac sand in the township

"Wilmington and Spring Grove Townships have strong veins of frac sand," clerk Amundson stated, with board members in agreement, members of the township were encouraged to get involved and attend upcoming meetings on the silica sand.

Poll hours set

Precincts have the option of opening the polls at 7 a.m. or 10 a.m. for the upcoming fall elections.

In the past, a good number of residents have voted before going to work in the morning. With this factor in mind, it was decided to open the polls at 7 a.m. The law requires polls to be open until 8 p.m.

The Eitzen Community Center is the designated precinct location for residents of Wilmington Township.

Only Board of Supervisor elections can be held at the town hall, which require only three election judges.

Election expenses could be a little higher this year due to the state requirement of providing four election judges at all times at the primary and general elections.

The 2013 annual meeting set

Last year there were 13 in attendance at the afternoon annual meeting, and residents decided to switch to an evening meeting to accommodate those with daytime employment.

With only 10 attending this year's meeting, it was decided to go back to the afternoon time.

The March 12, 2013, annual meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with voting to follow from 3:15 to 8 p.m.

In other business before board

The other business before the board included:

• The policy for dust-control chloride on township roads will remain the same. The township would pay $50 of the cost for chloride, whether the resident prefers purchasing the bagged flakes to apply themselves or having the county apply liquid chloride.

• Bounty for pocket gophers will remain at $2 per pair of front feet. In 2011 the township paid out $1,782 for gopher bounty.

• Requests for donations to the Houston County Agricultural Society and Houston County Historical Society were approved at $500 to each.

Election results

There were a total of 12 voters casting ballots in the township election held prior to the annual meeting. There were no absentee ballots.

Greg Myhre, receiving 11 votes, was re-elected to a three-year term as supervisor. There was one write-in vote for Karl Sylling.

Julie Amundson was unanimously re-elected to a two-year term as clerk/treasurer. Other board members are Kenny Privet and Wesley Lapham.