Fall Lake hears need for young volunteers

VOLUNTEERS cut the Tomahawk snowmobile trail open last week. Photo by Mike Banovetz.

by Nancy McReady -

The first regular meeting for Fall Lake Township was quickly done in about 30 minutes with eight residents in attendance.
Dave Shober, the new transfer site attendant said everything was going well. Supervisor Rod Gruba said the brush pile will be burned when conditions are right.
“We have enough snow on the ground now, but we’ll wait for a Saturday to burn when the winds aren’t too strong,” said Gruba.
Supervisor Craig Seliskar said he has had discussions with Environmental Services Manager Christine McCarthy about going over the township’s contract with Lake County for the transfer site. The contract takes into consideration the number of hauls and the amount of separating of recyclables.
“She suggested we not get rid of the recycling of scrap metal as it is one recycling item the county can make money on,” said Seliskar. “This will be for scrap metal only, no appliances.”
Dean Barrett asked the board about donating to the Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club.
“Whatever you are giving, give more,” said Barrett. “I’m 65 years old and many of the other club members who volunteer to clear the trails are in their sixties and seventies. The Tomahawk Trail is a mess. We need to hire equipment to clear it.”
It was noted that when the club uses money to hire equipment and operators it takes away money for grooming.
“We need younger snowmobile club members,” said Barrett. “Younger riders need to get involved and volunteer.”
Supervisor Mary Tome said to send a letter to the board request recreational funds.
In correspondence:
• Received a letter from the Lake County Sex Trafficking Task Force.
• Received a letter from the Ely/Winton Historical Society that they have an opening on their board.
• Received an update on the Harri Cartway hearing.
• Received a request to sponsor the Great Nordic Beardfest. This request was tabled as it doesn’t fall into recreational to receive funds.
• Another request to support the North Country Trail. This was tabled due to lack of information about the trail.
• Received permission to use a fire lane to access owner’s shoreline.
• Received a request to sponsor the Winter Fest. $300 was approved.
• Next Morse/Fall Lake fire meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2018
• Due to the precinct caucus to be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018 the regular Fall Lake Township meeting date will be posted in the Ely Echo.
• Filing opened January 2 and closes January 16 at 5 p.m. for one supervisor three-year term.