Field Township Board Meeting May 13 2014

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Minutes of Field Township’s Cemetery and Regular Board Meeting May 13, 2014

The May Field Township cemetery and regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 6:00 pm on May 13, 2014 at the Field Township Cemetery. The Board of Supervisors inspected the cemetery, followed by the road inspection.

The reconvened cemetery meeting was called to order at the Field Town Hall by Chairman Aho at 7:16 pm.
Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman and one guest.
Chairman Aho opened with an opportunity for public comment. Nolan Lokken presented his information from the county requesting a variance on his property in Field Township. Supervisor Chapman made a motion to support the variance for Parcel #350-0010-05901. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. The clerk will convey the board’s decision to the county and send the same information to Mr. Lokken.
The approved minutes from the May 14, 2013 cemetery meeting were reviewed.

The approved cemetery financial statement for the fiscal year ending 2013 as reported at the 2014 Board of Audit is as follows:
Beg. Bal.: ($279.46)
Receipts: $350.00
Transfers In: $500.00
Disbursements: $1,533.26
Ending Bal.:($962.72)

At the 2014 Board of Audit $1000.00 was transferred into the Cemetery fund.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion for continuation of the cemetery rules. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept AWAIR. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously. Discussion that the website should include current cemetery rules.
The following report was given based on the cemetery inspection:
The fallen tree at the cemetery was taken care of by Koskovich Tree Service. The clerk will contact Jay Brunner to find out if he is interested in repairing the church door ,building a shed and notice board at the cemetery. Terry Kantola will also be asked about the church doors and repairing the trap doors under the hall. If they are interested they can call Chairman Aho.
Rachel Chapman will be the cemetery caretaker and Gary Brunner the sexton. No cemetery clean- up is scheduled.
The county told Chairman Aho this year they would provide fill for the north side of the cemetery.
It was suggested Pam Carlson be contacted for cemetery archives. And if possible, have the Deputy Clerk include the date of birth in the cemetery records. The Deputy Clerk provided a copy of the cemetery spread sheet for board review.
The clerk will contact Ron Maki to provide a design and quote for a new cemetery sign. Possibly on July 12, a 100 year commemorative ceremony will be held at the cemetery. Light refreshments will be served and the new sign unveiled.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to adjourn the cemetery meeting at 8:30 pm. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. The next cemetery meeting will be the second Tuesday in May, 2015.
Chairman Aho called the regular board meeting to order at 8:30 pm.
The April 15, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence:

1. City of Cook 2. Office Depot
3. St. Louis County Auditor 4. Lake Country Power
5. St. Louis County Planning and Dev. Comm.
6. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
7. MN Local Tech Assistance Program
8. MAT
9. Couri & Ruppe
10. All American Title Co.
11. St. Louis County Public Works
12. St. Louis County Lands and Minerals

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:

Beg. Bal: $ 27,537.45
Ending Balance $20,815.02
Receipts: $460.62
Outstanding Checks $3,554.43
Expenses: $7,183.05
Bank Balance $24,369.45

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

Committee Reports:

Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman shared the April 2014 Cook Area Ambulance Service Report.
There were 16 runs in March. including 3 transports and 1 fire stand-by. April. runs to date: 14 including 3 transfers. The two month total daytime calls during the week M-F was 50%. The April training was on the new Lifepak 15. Cook personnel attended an area EMS meeting at the Virginia Fire Dept. All area hospitals are having difficulty finding personnel to do day time transfers. Additional meetings will be scheduled to discuss this further. The 12 students in first responder class will be testing out the first part of May. Ten of the students will apply for the Cook Service. The ambulance service will host an open house May 31 from 9-2.
Fire– No report.
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Roads and Bridges – The road review was completed with the following recommendations:
S. Riddell Road needs 20 loads of gravel and up to 20 loads on the end of Neva Road. Supervisor Fulcher will contact Gary Brunner about the gravel. He will also get exact information from the county about existing township roads.
Hospital – In his absence, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann emailed a report to the clerk which was printed out for the board members. The report included the results of the 2013 audit. Rep. Enzmann stated the hospital is still doing okay but trend has been down for the past 3 years. This year has been better than expected all 3 months, a major shift from the end of last year when the final 3 months were worse than average.
Cemetery– See previous meeting.
Joint Powers– No report.
Planning and Zoning – Chairman Aho reported no township residents attended the Board of Appeal in Virginia. He gave the county assessor’s office the township resolution to re-instate the town board’s
power to serve as the local board of appeal. This will be re-instated in 2015. 2013 and 2014 were open book.

He also stated Mr. Lahti will communicate with Mr. Enzmann concerning the fence issue.

The Deputy Clerk will provide information for the local papers announcing the Field Township Website is now live.

The clerk announced the next regular board meeting will be June 10, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to adjourn at 9:00 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fulcher.
Motion carried unanimously.