The meeting was called to order by Chairman Keith Aho at 7:00 p.m., March 20, 2018 at the Field Town Hall.
Present: Supervisors Keith Aho, Tom Chapman, Keith Fulcher, Treasurer Ellie Brunner, Clerk Pat Chapman. Absent: Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann.
The minutes of Field Township’s regular board meeting (which included the board of audit) held February 20, 2018 were read and a motion was made by Supervisor Fulcher for approval, seconded by Supervisor Chapman, motion carried unanimously. The minutes of the 2018 annual meeting were read and stand as noted. Minutes will be approved at the 2019 annual meeting.
1. St. Louis County Auditor
2. City of Cook
3. Mn. Assoc. of Townships
4. Ferrell Gas
5. Art Unlimited
6. MN LTAP
7. Lake Country Power
8. Cook News Herald
Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Ellie Brunner:
Beg. Balance: $ 79,766.32 Ending Balance: $84,277.08
Receipts: $29,300.91 Plus Outstanding Checks: $3,268.72
Disbursements: $24,790.15 Total Per Bank Statement: $87,545.80
Motion made by Supervisor Fulcher, seconded by Supervisor Chapman to approve the treasurer’s report, claims and net pay distribution report. Motion carried unanimously.
Fire – Report given at Annual Meeting.
Ambulance – Supervisor Chapman videoed the Vermilion Fire Brigade and Cook EMT’s with the air
boat on Lake Vermilion. The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade is separate from the Cook Fire Dept.
Road and Bridges – Supervisor Fulcher reported he drove the roads and found no major problems. There will be a road review in May.
Hospital – The clerk presented Hospital Representative Mike Enzmann’s report in his absence. January was a very good month financially and February is looking to also be above budget. Mike McCue, the activity director at the adult day care, and Rocky Streeter, activity director at the Care Center, are retiring.
Cemetery – Chairman Aho has a new flag for the cemetery Supervisor Chapman made a motion to approve a possible $3000 budget for Cemetery Caretaker Joel Knutson to purchase a riding mower and a walk behind mower. Seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously.
Fundraising for the Little Fork Church was discussed. A historical piece about the church which would also request donations could be submitted to the local newspapers.
Joint Powers Board – Chairman Aho reported grants are pending.
Planning and Zoning – The County will hold meetings in July for input on the comprehensive land use
Hall – Residents at the Annual Meeting were in favor of allocating funds for improvements on the town hall. Jay Brunner is getting estimates for new windows. Also kitchen appliances will be replaced.
Treasurer Ellie Brunner gave the oath of office to re-elected Clerk Pat Chapman and Supervisor Aho.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to donate $600 to the St. Louis County Fair Association Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously. Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to donate $600 to the Cook Public Library. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to donate for one year $5.00 per capita to the City of Cook Parks and Rec for the community center, 50% to be used for maintenance and 50% for programs. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. 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 – OPEN
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 $12 or as mandated by law with the hourly executive rate $20 per hour. The cemetery caretaker hourly wage is $15.
Treasurer’s Salary – $250 monthly. ($3000 yearly)
Clerk’s Salary – $450 monthly ($5400 yearly)
Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion passed unanimously.
Supervisor Fulcher made a motion to continue to provide $750 allowance for insurance coverage for each township board member, hospital representative, clerk and treasurer to be used as deemed appropriate by recipient. Seconded by Supervisor Chapman. Motion carried unanimously.
The township will abide with the current published federal rate for mileage. ($.54.5)
Supervisor Fulcher shared information from the St. Louis Assoc. of Townships meeting. A speaker from Lake Superior Drug Task Force said the main drug problem in our area is meth and heroine. Chicago and the Twin Cities are big suppliers up here. Many of the drugs come through the mail. The task force is getting a lot of drugs off the street. The investigations take many months. Five people are on the task force in the north and 15 in Duluth.
The next regular board meeting will be April 10, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Field Town Hall. The Board of Appeal will be at the town hall April 27 from 11 am – 12 noon.
Motion to adjourn made by Supervisor Chapman, seconded by Supervisor Fulcher. Motion carried unanimously. Adjournment time 8:25 p.m.
Chairman Keith Aho Clerk Pat Chapman