The meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:02 p.m., March 19, 2019 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Keith Aho, Tom Chapman, Keith Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman., Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann.
The minutes of Field Township’s regular board meeting (which included the board of audit) held February 19, 2019 were read and a motion was made by Supervisor Fulcher for approval, seconded by Supervisor Chapman, motion carried unanimously. The minutes of the 2019 annual meeting were
read and stand as noted. Minutes will be approved at the 2020 annual meeting.
1. St. Louis County Auditor
2. City of Cook
3. Mn. Assoc. of Townships
4. St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships
5. Art Unlimited
6. MN LTAP
7. Lake Country Power
8. Cook News Herald
Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Balance: $ 75,582.55 Ending Balance: $83,758.82
Receipts: $33,098.77 Plus Outstanding Checks: $538.13
Disbursements: $24,922.70 Total Per Bank Statement: $84,296.75
Motion made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher to approve the treasurer’s report, claims and net pay distribution report. Motion carried unanimously.
Fire – Report given at Annual Meeting.
Ambulance – Report given at Annual Meeting
Road and Bridges – There will be a road review in May.
Hospital – Hospital Rep. Mike Enzmann reported on the flooding in the basement of the hospital that occurred early on the morning of March 14. At 2:30 am they were preparing to evacuate the entire building. Cook Fire Dept. did not respond but Orr and Pike Sandy did and were able to get ahead of the flooding and get to the sump pumps. The City of Cook and hospital maintenance were able to keep up with the flooding so no evacuation was needed.
True Care Therapy has closed.
The hospital asked the City of Cook to share a security officer but they declined. There will be security cameras in the hospital parking lot.
Cemetery – Chairman Aho reported the cemetery is being surveyed.
Joint Powers Board – No report.
Planning and Zoning – No report.
Chairman Aho gave the oath of office to re-elected Treasurer Ellie Brunner and Supervisor Tom Chapman.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to donate $600 to the St. Louis County Fair Association Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to donate $750 to the Cook Public Library. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.
Field Township Officers Listed As Follows:
CHAIRMAN – KEITH AHO
AMBULANCE REPRESENTATIVE – TOM CHAPMAN
HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVE – MICHAEL ENZMANN
FIRE REPRESENTATIVE – TOM CHAPMAN
HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER – KEITH FULCHER
ROAD AND BRIDGE LIAISON – KEITH FULCHER
NOXIOUS WEED INSPECTOR – KEITH FULCHER
ASSESSOR – ST. LOUIS COUNTY
SEXTON – KEITH AHO
CARETAKER – JOEL KNUTSON
TREASURER – ELLIE BRUNNER
CLERK – PAT CHAPMAN
PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – PAT CHAPMAN (AWAIR)
DEPUTY CLERK – OPEN
The designated depositories are: First National Bank of Cook and Cook Area Credit Union.
The official publications are the Cook News Herald and the Timberjay.
Daily rental for residents of the township for the Field Town Hall will be $20.00. per day with a $20.00 refundable damage deposit. A $20.00 utility rate will be charged October 1 – May 1. No charge if the group is a local community oriented organization. Board approval will be required for additional uses. The clerk or supervisor will give hall user instructions, checking the hall before and after.
The “Little Fork Church” cemetery building is also available for rental during summer months for $20 per day plus $20 refundable deposit.
A motion was made by Supervisor Fulcher to accept the language. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Supervisor Fulcher for the following payroll amounts:
Meetings – full day (more than 4 hours) $120
Meetings- half day (4 hours or less) $60
These fees apply to committee work and meetings for the township.
Board meeting- $75
The general hourly wage and election judge wage is $15 or as mandated by law with the hourly
executive rate $20 per hour. The cemetery caretaker hourly wage is $17.
Treasurer’s Salary – $250 monthly. ($3000 yearly)
Clerk’s Salary – $450 monthly ($5400 yearly)
Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion passed unanimously.
Supervisor Chapman made a motion to continue to provide $750 allowance for insurance coverage for each township board member, hospital representative, clerk, and treasurer to be used as deemed appropriate by recipient. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
The township will abide with the currently published federal rate for mileage. ($.58) Supervisor Fulcher shared information from the St. Louis Assoc. of Townships meeting. Mary Anderson, from St. Louis County Planning and Zoning, handed out a copy of the St. Louis County Comprehensive Use Plan to each township present at the meeting. A representative from Enbridge shared Enbridge is celebrating 70 years. They move 2.5-2.8 million barrels a day on the mainline system. After four years the permit process for the Line 3 project is still in the works. During the Dayton administration, there was a lawsuit to stop Line 3 replacement and Gov. Walz will let the process continue.
The MAT Short Course is April 4 in Grand Rapids.
The next regular board meeting will be April 9, 2019, 7 p.m. at the Field Town Hall.
The Board of Appeal will be at the town hall April 30 from 11 am – 12 noon.
Motion to adjourn made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. Adjournment time 8:08 p.m.
Chairman Keith Aho
Clerk Pat Chapman