Field Township Cemetery and Regular Board Meeting May 10, 2016

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The May Field Township cemetery and regular board meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 6:00 pm on May 10, 2016 at the Field Township Cemetery.

The Board of Supervisors inspected the cemetery, followed by the road inspection. The reconvened cemetery and regular board meeting was called to order at the Field Town Hall by Chairman Aho at 7:02 pm.

Present: Supervisors Aho, Chapman, Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann and guest Bruce Beste from the Voyageur Country ATV Club.

The approved minutes from the May 12, 2015 cemetery meeting were reviewed.

The approved cemetery financial statement for the fiscal year ending 2015 as reported at the 2016 Board of Audit is as follows:
Beg. Bal.: ($11,514.35)
Receipts: $50.00
Transfers In: $12,000.00
Disbursements: $1,774.90
Ending Bal.:($1,23l9.25)

At the 2016 Board of Audit $2,000.00 was transferred into the Cemetery fund.

Supervisor Chapman made a motion for amending the cemetery rules to include “Cemetery road not open during winter months.” Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.

Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to accept AWAIR. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.

The following report was given based on the cemetery inspection:

The road needs some work. More fill is needed. There was discussion about the frame for the photo and getting a bid from Peter Stone to sand and refinish the church floor. Supervisor Chapman will research vinyl windows for the building. Chairman Aho will enlist workers to clean up the cemetery before Memorial Day. Jay Brunner will construct a shed. Dakota Holter was discussed as a possible caretaker and Mike Koskovich as sexton. Mlakers pay the sexton for opening graves. Chairman Aho and Deputy Clerk Rebman will finish plotting the cemetery. It was approved for Trinity Lutheran Church to use the church this summer or fall.

The following report was given based on the road review:

All the roads but Neva were toured and look good. The Neva Road will need gravel. The snowplow agreement from St. Louis County Public Works was reviewed and a motion to approve made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. Four more signs need to be installed to complete the 911 sign project.

The April 12, 2016 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 Library
2. Timberjay
3. St. Louis County Public Works
4. Lake Country Power
5. St. Louis County Fair Board
6. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
7. MN Tech Exchange
8. Land Stewardship Project
9. Couri & Ruppe
10. Cook News Herald
11. U.S. Census

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:

Beg. Bal: $ 46,936.60 Ending Balance $36,562.60
Receipts: $40.00 Outstanding Checks $1,371.89
Expenses: $10,414.00 Bank Balance $37,934.49

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 shared video and photos he had taken of the mock disaster at the NorthWoods School on May 5.
Fire – No report.
Hospital -Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann reported the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new care center will be June 9 at 10:30. An additional $50k IRRRB grant was received for site preparation. Auditors found no major problems in their audit. The first class of CNA trainees finished.
Joint Powers- No report
Planning and Zoning – No report

Chairman Aho gave the floor to Bruce Beste from the Voyageur Country ATV Club who reported on the proposed ATV ordinance which would allow ATVs and Side by Sides on all county roads outside of city limits. The main point of the ordinance is to connect trails. A safe and reasonable speed is enforced and those under 18 are required by law to wear a helmet. Drivers ages 12-15 must have a safety certificate and be with a parent or guardian. The club has over 700 members and stresses safety education and area economic growth with more access to trails and picnic areas etc. Supervisor Fulcher questioned the safety of ATV’s on public roads and possible damage to roads. Mr. Beste replied in other counties ATVs on roads caused less damage than when they were required to ride in ditches and less accidents were reported. The board asked to be kept informed and will contact Mr. Beste if there are questions or problems.

The clerk announced the reconvened Board of Appeal would be May 18, 2:30 at the hall. The next regular board meeting will be June 14, 2016, 7 p.m., at the Field Town Hall.

Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:43 p.m. Motion seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Keith Aho Clerk Pat Chapman