Field Township Regular Board Meeting December 11, 2018

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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m., December 11, 2018 at the Clerk’s residence.

Present: Supervisors Keith Aho, Tom Chapman, Keith Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman, Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann and one township resident.

The minutes of Field Township’s regular board meeting held November 13 ,2018 were read and stand as presented.


1. St. Louis County Public Works.
2. Art Unlimited
3. Lake Country Power
4. MAT
7. St. Louis County Assessor
8. Cook News Herald
9. St. Louis County Fair
10. ARDC
11. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships

Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:

Beg. Balance: $ 75,583.79 Ending Balance: $68,110.94
Receipts: $20.00 Plus Outstanding Checks: $169.49
Disbursements: $7,492.85 Total Per Bank Statement: $68,280.43

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

Committee Reports:

Fire – No report
Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman shared a video he had done for the Ambulance Dept. He also shared a report from the Director Nancy Reing. The new mutual aid agreement states mutual aid must be treated like a 911 call and may not be turned down even though the primary coverage area is uncovered. There is a lack of staff retainment due to salary so solutions are needed. In October there were 23 total calls with 4 transfers. There was 1 run in Field. As of October there are 17 EMTs. 13 are active. 7 first Responders with 6 being active. Also, two new applicants were received.
Road and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported all the roads are plowed.
Hospital – Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann gave reports from members attending the Northeast Minnesota Child Care Conference – 4,500 day care slots are required in the Northland. This has an estimated $48M impact on the NE MN economy. MT. Iron’s new child care center cost $1.4M for 60 children. The hospital is seeking community involvement to
solve this issue. Currently 17 workers at the hospital would utilize child care if available. 16 positions are open at the hospital. Dr. Johnston retires December 31.
Cemetery – Chairman Aho made a motion to approve Mike Koskovich’s quote of $325 for opening and closing a grave site in 2019. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
Joint Powers Board – Chairman Aho reported they did not receive the Operation Round Up grant.
Planning and Zoning – The county’s final draft is done.
Hall – The LP fuel should be checked.

Old Business:

All three supervisors need to take the Board of Appeal class on line by February 1, 2019.

New Business:

Supervisor Fulcher shared information from the state MAT conference held in Duluth. There was information about solar powered wind farms, noxious weeds and broadband. Minnesota is one of five states that tax social security. MAT is working to stop this. He also attended the St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships meeting in Cotton It is difficult to attract new residents to the area because of the advanced age of the homes available. The county will not approve any new non-resident snow plowing cabin requests. The $ 28 M garage in Cook is progressing.

Beth Chapman gave a report on the local broad band meetings she has been attending. New funding has been applied for from Blandin. The group is focusing on digital mapping for area businesses and training in the local school for grades 9-12.. There are no computer classes currently being offered. Formerly Blandin supplied grants for computers, WIFI boxes and a large screen for the Cook Library and also tech training. In the area there is a lot of fiber but not connected. Northern ST. Louis County is very deficient in broadband services so the county needs to be more active in meeting the needs.

The next regular board meeting will be January 15, 2019 instead of January 8, 7 pm at the Clerk’s residence. The clerk will publish and post the change.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m.. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman.
Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Keith Aho
Clerk Pat Chapman