Field Township Board Meeting December 9, 2014

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Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting, December 9, 2014

The December Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:00 pm on December 9, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.

Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann, Clerk Pat Chapman

The November 18, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Chapman made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.


1. MAT
2. IRS
3. St. Louis County Public Works
4. Lake Country Power
5. MN Sec of State
6. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
7. St. Louis County Environmental Services

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Bal: $ 31,482.89 Ending Balance: $28,924.62
Receipts: $0 Outstanding Checks: $1,288.43
Expenses: $2,561.27 Bank Balance $30,213.05

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.

Committee Reports:

Ambulance – No report.

Fire – No report.

Roads and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported he had driven the roads and there are no issues. He also reported starting April 1 , 2015 a ½%sales tax will be charged on anything taxable to fund road and bridge projects in the county. In Field Township there are three bridges, the Olson Road and Wood Road which are slated for work.

Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported St. Luke’s Administrative Advisory and Support Agreement was approved which enables the Cook Hospital to access support resources from St. Luke’s. This differs from the Wilderness Health group. Governance Committee met to set board goals for next year. He will have a report about the nursing home at the annual meeting.

Cemetery – Supervisor Chapman discussed the church windows. He will get a price to replace the non-original glass. Chairman Aho reported Bruce and Lois Garbisch want to purchase a cemetery site.

Joint Powers – No report.

Planning and Zoning – Andy Hubley, from ARDC, presented information on the proposed Lake Vermilion Trail. He is contacting all pertinent entities regarding interest in trail administration ideas. The trail collaborative options are joining a joint powers board or becoming non-profit. The trail route could possibly be proposed within Field Township and would eventually provide a paved, non- motorized trail from the Cook end of Lake Vermilion to the Tower end of Lake Vermilion. The board was in favor of learning more and Mr. Hubley will present further information at the March 2015 annual meeting.

Chairman Aho will have a rough draft of recommendations concerning the Enzmann/Lahti fence viewing issue at the January 13, 2015 meeting.

Old Business:
Supervisor Fulcher shared quotes he received for new 911 signs for the township. With installation the cost could be between $10 – 12,000. The board questioned if the current township signs were compliant? Are they used by fire and ambulance crews or is GPS used now? Supervisor Chapman will get information about this.

Chairman Aho reported on the ISD2142 school board meeting he attended concerning the school forest proposed on township property. The township would be in partnership with the school, the property would continue to be owned by the township. Rick Pearce is developing a plan which will be presented at the annual meeting.

New Business:
Supervisor Fulcher gave updates on the MAT convention he attended. There is concern the Board of Equalization training will only be offered on line. Not all township supervisors would have access to this training. The legislature will be approached to find funding for classroom instruction. He also reported there was discussion on enhancing each township’s image. How do citizens view their township?

The clerk announced the next regular board meeting will be January 13, 2015 at the Field Town Hall.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Chapman.
Motion carried unanimously.