The meeting was held on March 13, 2018, at the Field Town Hall. Clerk Pat Chapman called the meeting to order at 8:19 p.m., following the Board of Canvass.
There were 14 township residents in attendance according to the sign in sheet. The clerk showed township residents a copy of the Notice of Annual Election and Annual Meeting in the Cook News Herald dated February 22, 2018 and the Timberjay dated March 2, 2018. Keith Aho prayed and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The clerk called for nominations from the floor for moderator. Tammy Palmer nominated Peggy Pearson. Peggy Pearson was elected moderator.
Moderator Pearson asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes? Keith Aho stated the reproduction at the church is Christ on the Water not Christ the Shepherd. Keith Aho made a motion to accept the corrected March 14, 2017 annual meeting minutes. Seconded by Mike Enzmann. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s report (CTAS Schedule 1) for fiscal year 2017 was given by Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beginning Balance: $72,952.08
Ending Balance: $81,245.25
Moderator Pearson asked if there were any questions concerning the treasurer’s report? Hearing none, Tom Chapman made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Seconded by Tammy Palmer. Motion carried.
City of Cook Parks & Recreation – Tammy Palmer reported the Cook Community Center hosted a variety of events in 2017 – art and craft classes, skating lessons, health outreaches, library programs, community parties, vendor shows and youth baseball are some examples. The City of Cook is examining the rental fee for the structure and the fee might be lowered. The Parks and Rec. Committee is enlarging the playground and is purchasing three new playground pieces. A new storage building is being built by the community center which the City of Cook, Friends of the Park and the Youth Baseball group will share. Tammy thanked Field Township for their contributions in the past and asked for their continued support.
City of Cook Library – Librarian Crystal Phillips thanked the township for their donation in the past and shared the library receives funds from the City of Cook to cover building, operating and staff expenses. The Friends of the Cook Public Library fund-raised for programming, events and special projects. The Arrowhead Library System gives money to purchase equipment and bestsellers. Area townships and organizations donate money toward the purchase of new books and the 2018 goal is to buy preschool and early reader books. In 2017 there were 112 library cardholders from Field. The Blandin Broadband Grant allowed the purchase of 5 laptops for training, extra staff hours for computer classes, large screen SMART TV, 5 Wi-Fi Hotspots for check out, 2 WI-Fi boosts and electrical upgrades. The Teen Advisory Board is very active and there were over 700 visitors to the library on Saturday mornings June – August.
St. Louis County Fair Association – Marvin Pearson thanked the township for their donation. The coloring board outside the children’s barn that the township helped fund is very popular. The 2018 fair is August 8-12 with entry day August 7. It would be beneficial if people would put positive comments about the fair on the fair face book page.
North St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District – Peggy Pearson had tree order forms available. North St. Louis SWCD has 4 units to prevent the invasion of aquatic invasive species and one more unit will be ordered. Resorts also have trained inspectors. There is a forester on the board available for landowner’s consultation and forestry planning.
Ambulance – Tom Chapman gave the ambulance report. Field’s contribution in 2017 was $4,851.00. In 2018 there will be an increase of $1 to $12 per capita. Field had 13 ambulance runs in 2017. There are 22 members on the ambulance crew. More staffing is needed for night time. Grant writing is their major source of funding. Their goals for 2018 are: monthly training, roof replacement, interior painting, H2O heater, carpet and tile and equipment replacement. New computers and software are needed for report writing.
Fire – Tom Chapman gave the fire report. Field Township paid $6415.00 in 2017. Field had a total of 7 fire runs in 2017. There are 16 volunteers. 10 more sets of turn out gear is needed (coats etc.) Grants are being reviewed for the gear. Three used DNR pickups might be purchased. Gaming funds are a thing of the past and the department is looking at Federal Grants of $5000. Governmental regulations are stricter and OSHA training is required. Reports of the monthly activity from the fire dept. will be emailed to township supervisors.
Roads and Bridges – Keith Fulcher reported on activities for roads. $5,681.86 was spent on road related items: brushing, grading, gravel, ice and snow removal. The county has larger trucks and some roads must be upgraded but Field Township roads are acceptable. Probably in the next few years the county will eliminate plowing private driveways. The snowplow rates for township roads will go up $100 per mile the fall of 2018. This year South Riddell will need a new culvert.
Health and Safety – Keith Fulcher reported on noxious weeds. Contact him if there are questions or information about weeds.
Hospital – Mike Enzmann shared the 2017 annual report of the Cook Hospital and Care Center. The board has 15 members with 10 out of the 15 certified. A new doctor was hired, Dr. Elleby. Residents were moved into the new Care Center on October 30. The Care Center is now one of the leaders in the state for a safe, comfortable, modern environment for residents. Currently there is a 40 person waiting list for the Care Center. At the school job fair 17 students signed up to tour the hospital. Staffing continues to be a problem with 1 applicant applying for every 8 job openings in nursing. Currently there are 7 doctors, 2 nurse practioners and 1 physician assistant. The total number of employees is 132 with an annual payroll and benefits of $6,963,420.
Cemetery – Keith Aho noted the improvements at the church. Dennis Carlson did a beautiful, exact duplicate of the original frame and altar. There is more painting to be done. Tom Chapman presented a flyer with a photo of the additions to the church which totaled $3000. So far $450 has been donated. Additional donations would be appreciated. The residents in attendance gave support for future interior upgrades in the church. The Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook appreciates the improvements in the church and the opportunity to worship there every fall. Joel Knutson is the caretaker. A new shed and handicap entrance to the church is needed.
Planning and Zoning – The Field/Northwood’s School Forest is awaiting funding information which should be available in June. Keith Aho attended a public meeting with county officials about the new comprehensive zoning use plan. He was the only county resident in attendance. The county is moving away from planning and zoning by the townships. There will be more public meetings in July and he encouraged people to attend.
Field Town Hall – Keith Fulcher presented a report compiled from the inspection by Lake Country Power in July of 2017. There are areas that need attention for energy, health and safety reasons-insufficient ducting and electric baseboard, inadequate insulation and windows. Smoke alarms and C.O. detectors should be installed in accordance with new state code. The appliances in the kitchen are beyond usefulness and a health and safety concern. Ellie Brunner commented Jay Brunner is getting estimates for windows and will investigate the insulation in walls and ceilings. He is hoping to get some of the township residents with experience in carpentry to possibly donate their time and help with the project. The residents in attendance were in favor of moving ahead with improvements on the windows and insulation.
Public Comment – None.
Levy – The township board recommends a levy of $40,000 payable in the year 2019 broken down into the following funds:
Motion to accept the levy made by Reino Lahti , seconded by Marvin Pearson. Motion carried.
Election results –Election Judge Donna Ongalo gave the results of the 2018 Field Township Annual Election with 18 residents voting:
Supervisor – Keith Aho – 16 votes (Three year term) Mike Enzmann – 2 votes
Clerk Pat Chapman – 18 votes (Two year term)
56 folding chairs, 3 folding tables, 1 large wooden table, 1 Formica table, 3 benches, 3 pews, one AutoMark voting machine, one Optic Scan voting machine and one piano with bench were inventoried as township property in the town hall.
A motion to establish the election hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or otherwise prescribed by law) on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the Field Town hall with the annual meeting to follow was made by Tammy Palmer.. Seconded by Julie Grahn. Motion carried.
Motion made to adjourn by Marvin Pearson, seconded by Julie Grahn. Motion carried.
Adjournment time 9:37 p.m.
Chairman Keith Aho
Clerk Pat Chapman
Moderator Peggy Pearson