Field Township Board Meeting January 13, 2015

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Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting, January 13, 2015

The January, 2015, Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:02 pm on January 13, 2015 at the Field Town Hall.

Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann, Clerk Pat Chapman
The December 9, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.


1. MAT
2. St. Louis County Fair
3. St. Louis County Planning and Dev.
4. Lake Country Power
5. Cook News Herald
6. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
7. St. Louis County Office of Sheriff
8. Cook Library
9. Joy of Cook
10. Office Depot
11. Timberjay
12. St. Louis County Auditor

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:

Beg. Bal: $ 28,924.62 Ending Balance: $42,309.76
Receipts: $16,723.88 Outstanding Checks: $0
Expenses: $3,338.74 Bank Balance $42,309.76

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 – Supervisor Chapman contacted Loretta Rankila from the ambulance service about 911 signs. She said the 911 signs/fire numbers are the first things the ambulance drivers look for. Altho, some signs are 20 years old and some driveways have no signs. They do not use GPS on the rigs. Supervisor Fulcher will find out more information on acquiring signs. Who pays for the signs and who puts them up?
Fire– No report.
Roads and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported on correspondence from the St. Louis County Office of the Sheriff concerning a road name change in Field township. The St. Louis County Public Works Dept. sought and received approval from MNDOT to swap a number of County State Aid Highway designations. One of these is Highway 25 in Field Township. The section is an east-west segment, lying between Samuelson Rd. and Buboltz Rd. There are roughly 12 physical addresses along this section of road. Since this section of road can no longer be referred to as Highway 25 a new road name is necessary. 911 communications recommends the name Buboltz Road. If the township has approval, objections or concerns they must be addressed by Jan. 23, 2015.
Supervisor Fulcher spoke with the sheriff’s office and was told they are open to suggestions for a name if it meets with 911 regulations.
The clerk was instructed by the board to send the following response to the sheriff’s office:
The Field Town Board respectfully remembers the contributions of August Buboltz to the area. However, he has not been in the community for three generations. The board feels a more descriptive name would be “Three Bridges Road”. The residents of the community use and understand the name “Three Bridges Road” for that portion of road.
Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported Al Vogt’s last official day will be Jan. 30 but Teresa is now in transition process. Rep. Enzmann attended the MHA Winter Conference . Small rural hospitals cannot survive without affiliation. Our involvement with Wilderness Health Organization appears to meet this need. Emphasis on community involvement for training staff who will be retained. Al Vogt had a program in place for this purpose at the Cook School about 15 years ago but it is no longer working at the school because school class size has dropped.
Cemetery– Correspondence from Lois Garibisch about the photo of the painting that was once at the Little Fork Church was discussed. Mike Enzmann will send a photo and sizes of the photo to Supervisor Chapman. There are possible donors for the reproduction. The board wondered about the cost of a frame and hanging. The board has an interest in the project and finding answers to these questions.
Supervisor Chapman reported Anderson Glass from Grand Rapids would charge $400 a panel to replace windows in the church. Chairman Aho said Lowe’s has plastic film overlay which can go over glass for effect. He also said there needs to be resolution on finishing the ceiling and entry way, prices are needed. The county should fill in the cemetery this year. And at the annual meeting an announcement will be made a cemetery caretaker is needed.
Joint Powers- No report.
Planning and Zoning – Chairman Aho presented a draft of the fence viewing notes to be sent to Jim Enzmann and Reino Lahti. It stated the existing fence is inadequate to control livestock movement. The fence would need to be rebuilt along the 1 mile shared boundary to meet the letter of the statute. It is recommended the existing fence line be reconstructed to statute standards with the western half of the boundary line not reconstructed unless shown to become a problem for animal control. Jim Enzmann would be required to rebuild the partition fence by September 1, 2015. Failure to comply, may result in Reino Lahti rebuilding the fence at his own expense and seeking reimbursement of the viewer’s fees related to the matter and double the ascertained costs to build the fence.
If the two parties agree, a letter must be signed by them stating the agreement.
Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting January 13, 2015 Page 3 (Draft)
There was discussion by Supervisor Chapman to make sure both parties knew the options of working together or following the statutes. He make a motion to accept the document if a cover letter explaining the options is included. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.

The February regular board meeting and Board of Audit will be held the third Tuesday of February, February 17, instead of the second due to scheduling conflicts with board members.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:47 pm . Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.