WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A small percentage of voters participated in elections and annual meetings in area townships Tuesday evening.
In Victor Township, David Glessing was elected as supervisor with 91 votes. Candidate Ryan Bakeberg received 37 votes. Sean Groos received one vote, and five ballots were left blank.
For treasurer, Groos was re-elected with 113 votes. Tom Jeffries received four votes, and Robert Jeffries received one vote. Sixteen ballots were left blank.
Voters set the 2016 levy at $320,000, which is the same as last year.
Discussion at the annual meeting centered on recycling, due to the change in ownership of the township’s previous recycling company.
A total of 30 people voted in Middleville Township.
James Jacobson was unanimously re-elected for the three-year supervisor position, and Judy Forst was unanimously re-elected for the two-year treasurer position.
The 2016 levy was set at $296,000, which is $10,000 higher than last year. The increase was made in case of a higher recycling fee. No decision has been made yet on the township’s recycling company for the year; most likely, it will be voted on at the township’s Tuesday, April 14 meeting.
Thirty people also voted in Woodland Township.
Dan Domjahn was unanimously re-elected as supervisor, and Paula Wood was unanimously re-elected as treasurer.
The township’s 2016 levy remains unchanged from last year, at $293,500.
During the annual meeting, Gene Janikula was recognized for his election to township service 50 years ago. (See his story in this issue of the Herald Journal.)
Fifty votes were cast in Marysville Township.
Augie Riebel was re-elected for a three-year supervisor position, with 37 votes.
Jane Hurley was elected to fill the remaining year in the position previously held by Dick Sawatzke. (Sawatzke passed away in June 2014, and Hurley had been appointed to his seat). She received 44 votes.
A total of 10 write-in votes were cast.
The 2016 levy was set at $260,000.
Topics discussed at the annual meeting included:
• dust coating costs in 2014, and projected costs for 2015;
• vendor proposals for recycling pick-up;
• clean-up day, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 8 to 11 a.m.;
• candidate considerations for the replacement of the retiring clerk/treasurer; and
• township financial disclosure.
(Look for information about the Bergen, Camden, and Winsted Township annual meetings in the Monday, March 16 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.)