Field Township Board Meeting August 19 2014

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Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting August 19, 2014

The August Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:00 pm on August 19, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann, Clerk Pat Chapman and one guest.
The July 8, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.


1. MN Revenue
2. Office Depot
3. St. Louis Public Works
4. Lake Country Power
5. St. Louis County Land and Minerals Dept.
6. St. Louis County Auditor
7. MN Tech Exchange/Fall Expo
8. MAT
9. Cook News Herald
10. Otis-Magie Ins. Agency
11. Northern Clearing
12. St. Louis County Health Dept.
13. Peter Glowaski
14. Couri & Ruppe
15. P & M Construction
16. Earth Effects
17. Maki Signs

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:

  • Beg. Bal: $ 15,971.29 Ending Balance:$35,034.14
  • Receipts: $29,807.99 Outstanding Checks: 0
  • Expenses: $10,745.14 Bank Balance $35,034.14

Motion made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher to approve the treasurer’s
report, net pay distribution report and authorize payment of claims. Motion carried unanimously.

Public Comment: Field Township resident Cathryn Peters presented information to the board on the IRRRB FY15 Residential Redevelopment Grant she is interested in obtaining. She had copies for the board of the application with her completed information. The board passed Resolution No. 2014.3 unanimously authorizing Field Township to make application to and accept funds from IRRRB FY 15 Residential Redevelopment Grant Program.(See attached document.) The next step is for the applicant to arrange an asbestos inspection of the building to be demolished.

Committee Reports:

Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman gave the Cook Area Ambulance Service Report for July. June calls: 17 total including 6 transfers. July calls: to date – 17 including 6 transfers and 3 no-transport or cancellation. The July meeting/training was water-cross training and involved scenarios which included a presumed drowning, two medical calls across water, a water skiing accident and a trauma incident. Greenwood first responders and fire members, Cook first responders and EMT’s and the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade all took part. Greenwood’s two fire boats and LVFB’s two rescue boats were used.
The township will reimburse township residents taking the first responder and EMT classes upon presenting a copy of the certificate of completion to the clerk. Information from the First Responders will be coming concerning acquiring equipment for the nine new First Responders.

Fire – No report.

Roads and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported Earth Effects was called on in an emergency to remove the beaver dam on Riddell Rd. The charge was $175.

Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported Al Vogt announced his retirement as of Jan. 31, 2015. A CEO search committee was formed to plan for transition and negotiate contract. Liz Dahl is the new rep from Linden Grove. Election for half the hospital board will take place in November. The Heim Foundation has reached their $2 million endowment goal. The Nursing Home planning is progressing well with 32% of surveys being returned. Several incentives have been initiated to improve poor nurse retention.

Cemetery – The clerk reported the new cemetery sign was installed and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook plans to have a service at the cemetery on Sept. 7, 9:30 am. The church will provide refreshments and the township a cake.

A bid from P & M Construction was considered for door installation and sheet rocking the ceiling of the church for $9,010. Supervisor Chapman made a motion to accept the bid, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.

Joint Powers – No report.

Planning and Zoning – Supervisor Fulcher had been asked by a resident about selling the property the township owns by the school to the school district. Chairman Aho stated the township consensus in the past had been to keep the property.

The board can’t act on the fence issue between Lahti and Enzmann until there is more direction from Mr. Lahti.

The clerk announced the next regular board meeting will be September 9, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fulcher.
Motion carried unanimously.