Field Township Board Meeting September 9 2014

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

The September Field Township regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:02 pm on September 9, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann, Clerk Pat Chapman and one guest.

Roger Esterby, coordinator for the Cook 1st responders, spoke to the board about the need for funds for the recently trained nine 1st responders. $2500 is needed for each of the new people for a pager, radio and bag with equipment. Each township is being asked for financial assistance to purchase equipment.  A $1500 grant is received from the hospital; some 1st responders buy their own equipment. The board will bring up this request at the 2015 annual meeting, perhaps adding a budget for amb/rescue to the levy.

The August 19, 2014 regular board minutes were read. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence:

1. MN LTAP
2. Hibbing Community College
3. St. Louis Public Auditor
4. Lake Country Power
5. Cook News Herald
6. Timberjay
7. Arrowhead Title
8. Roger Esterby
9. Gary Brunner

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Bal: $ 35,034.14 Ending Balance: $44,825.30
Receipts: $13,749.81 Outstanding Checks: $1,682.52
Expenses: $3,958.65 Bank Balance $46,507.82

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 all the roads look good.
Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported Dr. Shinkel (ENT) has resigned from Hibbing so will no longer be seeing patients in Cook. Dr. Menzel from Orthopedic Assoc. will be seeing patients in Cook every other Thursday starting Sept. 11. The hospital has a partnership with St. Luke’s titled St. Luke’s Advisory Affiliation and Support Agreement. The agreement states the hospital will remain independent and the agreement is advisory only. Liz Dahl is a new board member. Tiffany Briggs planned to have her name on the ballot as the Angora rep.
Inpatient 53% under budget, Nursing home 4% under budget, Outpatient 1% over budget, $4.1 million cash on hand – 96 days.
Cemetery– Deputy Clerk Susan Rebman gave a slide show with photos from the Sept. 7th celebration at the Field Township Cemetery and the Little Fork Lutheran Church commemorating the 100 year anniversary. Trinity Lutheran Church conducted the service with over 120 people in attendance.

Joint Powers- No report.

Planning and Zoning – No report.

Reino Lahti sent a $500 check to the township to cover possible expenses for fence viewing and professional services. Mr. Lahti wants to proceed so the Field Town Board will act as fence viewers on October 4, 2014, 1 pm, meeting at the N. Riddell Rd. The clerk will send certified letters to Mr. Lahti and Enzmann informing them of the viewing and that they are welcome to observe. The viewing information will also be posted. The purpose of the viewing is to determine the condition of the fence, record the findings and mediate with the parties involved.
Supervisor Fulcher reported on the August 28 MAT District 10 Meeting. He requested permission to attend the MAT Conference Nov. 20-22 at the DECC in Duluth. Supervisor Chapman made a motion to allot $500 for the MAT Conference. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.

The clerk announced the next regular board meeting will be October 14, 2014 at the Field Town Hall.

Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:42 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.