Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting November 10, 2015
The November Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at
7:02 pm on November 10, 2015 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman
Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann
The October 13, 2015 regular board minutes were read and stand as presented. Supervisor Chapman
made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.
2. Gopher Sign Co.
3. Cook News Herald
4. Lake Country Power
5. Art Unlimited
6. St. Louis County Assessor
7. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
Treasurer’s report received from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Bal: $52,241.17 Ending Balance $48,057.81
Receipts: $2,414.24 Outstanding Checks: $532.86
Expenses: $6,597.60 Bank Balance $48,590.67
Motion made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher to approve net pay distribution report and authorize payment of claims. Motion carried unanimously.
Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman reported on the October 15, 2015 Emergency Preparedness Mtg. in Cook. A webinar from Salt Lake City was shown with participants from around the U.S. Components of the plan, procedures, and resources were shared. Cook Hospital has a plan and need three locations – Cook Hospital, Cook School and possibly the Doug Johnson Park and recreation center. He also attended an ambulance training session and videoed simulated hunting accidents.
Fire– Supervisor Chapman will attend the fire meeting the end of the month.
Roads and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported the roads are in good shape. The 911 signs and post were installed and residents have given positive feedback. Other townships have also shown interest in the new signs.
Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported the nursing shortage has improved – only 1 full time opening at the present time. Dr. Lopez is working at Scenic Rivers and seeing hospital patients with another dr. for the first month. Dr. Inveld retirement date Nov. 1. The top three items to focus on according to the community needs assessment – access to more specialty healthcare, greater community healthcare education, cancer treatment.
Cemetery – Chairman Aho reported gravel was hauled for the road. There was discussion about the frame for the print at the cemetery church. Marlin Anderson was mentioned as a possible contact.
Joint Powers– Chairman Aho reported a check for $51.57 should be coming to the township after the dissolving of the community coalition. Chairman Aho will have current information on the school forest for the annual meeting.
Planning and Zoning – Chairman Aho questioned if the Enzmann/Lahti fence statute was satisfied? The proof would be if the natural barrier works and then consider the issue closed. Both Supervisors Fulcher and Chapman felt the issue was closed at the latest fence viewing with all supervisors agreeing the fence was compliant. Chairman Aho stated Reino Lahti does not feel the natural barrier is effective. If in time, the cattle go on Lahti’s property the natural barrier is not effective. Let time determine if it is satisfactory or not. Supervisor Chapman made a motion to receive payment from Reino Lahti for the expenses of the Field Town Board’s initial and final observation of the fence in the amount of $15 per observation per individual fence viewer . The board has fully complied with the due process of the fence order and feel Jim Emzmann has met all fence responsibilities. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. After further discussion Supervisor Fulcher withdrew his second of the motion. Because of the absence of a second, Chairman Aho said the issue will be tabled until the December board meeting. Each member of the board should have a detailed motion to present which includes expenses incurred and how they will be paid.
Old Business: No report
New Business: Supervisor Fulcher reported on the St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships meeting he attended Oct 28. . Enbridge Pipeline gave a presentation on the oil pipeline going through the southern part of St. Louis County to Superior, Wisconsin. He will also attend the December 2 meeting. He mentioned a host township is needed for the spring meeting.
The clerk announced judges need to be approved for the December 8, 2015 special election. Supervisor Fulcher approved the list of trained judges and the poll hours of 10 am – 8 pm. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously. Supervisor Fulcher also made a motion to hold the regular December board meeting on December 15 because of the special election on the second Tuesday of December. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to adjourn at 8:31 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fulcher.
Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Keith Aho
Clerk Pat Chapman