Field Township Board Meeting November 18, 2014

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Minutes of Field Township’s Regular Board Meeting November 18, 2014

The November Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:03 pm on November 18, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann, Clerk Pat Chapman
The October 14, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.


1. All American Title Co.
2. St. Paul Stamp Works
3. St. Louis Public Auditor
4. Lake Country Power
5. Art Unlimited
6. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
7. Office Depot
8. Cook News Herald
9. Timberjay

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Bal: $ 38,775.19 Ending Balance: $31,485.89
Receipts: $485.98 Outstanding Checks: $462.78
Expenses: $7,775.28 Bank Balance $31,948.67

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:

Clerk Chapman read correspondence from Field Township resident, Beth Chapman, who had live trapped three cats living under the Field Townhall. (Afterwards the trap doors were sealed.) All three female cats were taken to Vermilion Vet Clinic and received medical care (spaying and necessary shots).
The cost for trapping and medical care was $214.50. If Field Township wanted to contribute to the cost that would be fine otherwise she would cover the fee. She will find homes for the cats.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to pay the vet bill, seconded by Supervisor Aho. Supervisor Chapman abstained. Motion carried. (The check will go to Contented Critters who paid the vet bill.)
Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman gave the October 2014 Cook Ambulance report. In September there were 13 runs and to date in October 18. Training was on blood borne pathogens, infectious diseases, street drugs and symptoms. All transfers will be screened for Ebola prior to admission to the Cook Hospital ER. The iaR app is now on many of the EMT and First Responders phones. This app sends out pages to the cell phones as text messages.
Fire – No report
Roads and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported he had driven the roads and there are no issues.
Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann took the oath of office. He received 149 votes out of 162 voters in the Nov. election. He gave a detailed report with results from the Community Health Needs Assessment. Some of the conclusions were: There is support for local health care, proximity to home is a factor when seeking health care services and the major impact the health care sector has on the economic well being of the community was recognized. Some of the recommendations were: moderate support for endorsing a tax levy for the nursing home but providing more public education on the remodeling and return on investment is needed, private nursing home rooms were recommended, increasing awareness of specialty care services available locally.
ER ultrasound was approved for purchase with half of the expense covered by Lions Club donation. Teresa Debevec and Hospital Board agreed to CEO compensation package and employment contract.
The group, Wilderness Health, which consists of St. Lukes and nine independent hospitals has been finalized.
Cemetery – Supervisor Chapman will request bids to repair windows in the church. He has been in communication with township resident Lois Garbisch concerning making a banner with a photo of the painting that used to hang at the Little Fork Church. The board is in favor of looking into the project further. Chairman Aho has information about a company that does reproductions and will pass it along to photographer, Ian Carlson.
Joint Powers – No report.
Planning and Zoning – Chairman Aho shared a letter from Andy Hubley, Regional Planning Division Director for ARDC, requesting time to discuss the proposed Lake Vermilion Trail at the board’s Dec. 9 meeting. The clerk was instructed to invite Mr. Hubley to the meeting.
The board reviewed the photos and information from the October fence viewing. Chairman Aho will present a draft with the board’s position at the Dec. 9 meeting.
Chairman Aho will attend a 2142 school board meeting on Dec. 3 to gather more information about the proposed school forest on Field Township property.

New Business:
Supervisor Fulcher will get information about redoing the township’s 911 signs at the upcoming MAT conference he will attend. He also stated there is no money available for a new hall. The subject will be brought up at the annual meeting – is there a demand for a new hall, what are the feelings of the community?

The clerk announced the next regular board meeting will be December 9, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Chapman.
Motion carried unanimously.