Town of Normanna

  
 
6472 French River Road

    Duluth, MN 55804
    218.525.1848


The Board of Supervisors meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., unless posted otherwise. They are held at the Normanna Town Hall, 6472 French River Road.



The November Board of Supervisors meeting has been changed to Monday,  November 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 




Annual Posting of Regular Board Meetings of the Normanna Township Town Board of Supervisors for 2019 

The town board of Normanna Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota holds its regularly scheduled board meetings on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall located at 6472 French River Road, Duluth, MN 55804.  If a meeting cannot be held as scheduled because it conflicts with a holiday or another day in which a meeting cannot be held, the meeting will be held the following week on the same day of the week, time, and place.  The following are the dates on which the regular board meetings are scheduled to occur in 2019 and reflect any changes due to conflicts:

January 28, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 25, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 17, 2019

July 15, 2019

August 19, 2019

September 16, 2019 changed to Sept. 18 at 6:00 pm

October 21, 2019 changed to October 9 at 6:00 pm

November 18, 2019 changed to November 25 at 7:00 pm

December 16, 2019

If a regular meeting cannot be held on the date, time, or place listed above, notice of the date, time, and place of when and where the meeting will be held will be posted at least three days before the day of the meeting.

Contact the town clerk at 218-409-1999 with any questions.



The First Normanna 5K run/walk took place on October 13, 2018.  Below are some pictures of the events.


Waiting for the race to begin.
On your mark get set go!

Walkers were welcomed!

The Winner of the Event!

Our Board Chair finishing his run.

The Clerk finished the event with assistance
from the Fire Chief and Assistant Chief.

Thank you to Sandy Cooke for providing
the pictures.


2013-2020 Annual Levy




Township Roads

Hagen Road
Koski Road
Krista's Kourtyard
Lady Nicole Lane
Lookout Road
Troy Brett Trail
Wikstad Road


Residents attending the Annual meeting.






6472 French River Rd








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Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative

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On Tue, 2019-11-05 at 15:20 -0600, Janet Keough wrote:
> Here are my notes from yesterday's meeting between township officials
> and CLP Hal Halpern and Kevin Olson. 
>
> Attending:  Jan Keough, Dennis Gunsolus, Doug Dressen, Stan
> VanKekerix, Dick Dillon, Alex Deters, Mark Anderson, Chuck Davis,
> Mike Keller, Peter Berger and three spouses of supervisor, Hal
> Halpern, Kevin Olson
>
> Kevin provided an outline of their final proposal to the MN Broadband
> Grants Program:
> No information is available yet about the grant proposal review or
> any challenges that may have come in to CLP's proposal.
> Total cost $14.3 million, grant request for $5million - CLP should
> get points for requesting less than 50% (they requested 34% of the
> project).  Remaining funds would come from matching funds (CVII,
> Gnesen Township, CTC, CLP revolving loan)
> The final proposal included an additional 700 season properties -
> 3500 properties total for the project
> CLP thinks their proposal met 110-115 points out of 120 available
> There were 78 proposals submitted
> The letter from Normanna Township resulted in the State removing the
> Lake Connections area from the eligibility map - this resulted in
> most of the project area being "unserved"
> The 4 petitions submitted were extremely helpful (note, these were
> all valuable ad hoc efforts - if there was more time, additional
> townships could have organized petitions as well)
> Overall, the proposal contained an extraordinary letters of support
> from politicians, a school, businesses, educators, researchers,
> townships, health care workers.....it is hard to imagine any other
> proposal containing some many great messages of broadband need!
> The proposal project has 9 territories - these will be "mini-head-
> ends" for the fiber.
> Project would install 450 miles of fiber optic - 50% would be along
> roads, 50% would be "drops" (branches to individual
> houses/businesses)
>
> CLP expects that there will be no (zero) installation fees for
> signups - however (AND I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT): The project
> will be most efficient if people can commit to service as early as
> possible so that crews can can install many premises in the same
> area, rather than coming back later to install one or two.  If this
> project is successful, I think that we should encourage people to
> sign up ASAP (perhaps in the first 6 months) to ensure that the
> installation money will be spent efficiently.  This can be a topic of
> discussion with CLP sooner rather than later if the grant is
> awarded.
>
> CLP marketing plan:  The project proposal has a marketing plan that
> involves several different kinds of outreach to customers.  If the
> project get a grant, CLP will provide information for Township
> Newsletters ASAP (January?).  CLP plans to offer 3 sets of town hall
> meetings 1) a very early meeting (I encouraged them to bring sign-up
> forms) 2) construction phase meeting and 3) final meeting.   A
> QUESTION - WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO COMBINE EVENTS FOR 2 TOWNSHIPS
> (for instance, Fairbanks and Ault?) TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A GOOD AUDIENCE?
> Note - I think the Townships should disseminate as much information
> as possible EARLY and strongly encourage people to come to the first
> town hall event with CLP, be ready to sign up early, and perhaps the
> Townships should hold a very early special information meeting to get
> people ready to act if they desire broadband through CLP.
> NOTE - CLP WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT IN 2 YEARS (starting
> first quarter 2020) - THIS PROJECT WILL NEED TO BE VERY VERY
> EFFICIENT IN ORDER TO REACH EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO SUBSCRIBE.  Hence,
> the Townships will need to do our own marketing to reach residents
> and seasonal.
>
> CLP proposal also has a provision for broadband adoption activities
> once people start to get service.  They intend to install a free
> hotspot in every town hall, and provide demonstrations for
> residents.  Note - a suggestion was made to conduct pre-project and
> post project surveys to find out how satisfied people are with old vs
> new service, what do they want to do with broadband, what would they
> like to learn how to do?  CLP will need to work very closely with the
> Townships to make sure that outreach and education is appropriate for
> what our citizens want.
>
> CLP will go after additional grants to help pay for the project.
> Federal grants typically target "unserved" = eligible census blocks -
> so we should expect to see CLP applying for subset areas of the
> Townships - depends on which subsets qualify (for instance, service
> less than 10Mbps)......as an example, where Frontier offers DSL,
> those areas likely are not eligible for some FCC grants.  Future
> grant proposals will be piecemeal and take advantage of grant
> eligibility areas.  CLP will be coming to the Townships for
> additional help with these grant proposals.
>
> I think it might be useful - if this project is successful - to meet
> with our 2 county commissioners - McDonald and Musolf - to urge St
> Louis County to help the project???
> At this point, not clear whether our national reps - Smith,
> Klobuchar, Stauber - are in a position to help.  Worth more thinking.
>
> Challenges to the current proposal  Providers were allowed to contest
> the proposals between mid-September - October 18.  If a challenge is
> deemed credible, areas can be removed from a project.  - For
> Fairbanks, Ault and Pequaywan - Frontier appears not to be
> challenging the CLP proposal.  Likewise, no challenge apparent from
> Charter or Lake Connections/Zito.
> Century Link submitted a proposal for Gnesen Township (!) - The
> Gnesen Town Board wrote a letter to the State indicating that the
> township prefers the CLP proposal and asks that any Century Link
> challenge be set aside.  Jan wrote a CVII letter stating the same and
> pointing out how important it was for the CLP proposal to include
> both dense and sparse population townships and that Gnesen is
> critical to making this proposal feasible in less dense townships
> such as North Star.
> Kevin pointed out that Lakewood and Gnesen Townships are essential to
> this proposal as their higher populations balance the less dense
> townships.
>
> Chuck asked if CLP can break out the project cost per township -
> answer:  a rough calculation is divide $14.3million / 3459 customers
> = $/customer.  Then multiply $/customer X population of the township
> = $$ allotted to a township.
>
> In the discussion, a suggestion was made that the township consortium
> renew our joint powers agreement to include Lakewood Township and
> also perhaps recast the agreement around advocacy, advice and support
> for the CLP broadband project.  Jan noted that this would not
> necessarily require more $$ from townships, but being able to speak
> with one voice will be useful in the future.  Jan has a copy of the
> 2012 agreement and can sent it once we have heard that the project
> will be successful.  That agreement had been developed with a local
> attorney (thanks Dennis Gunsolus!) and should be a robust format.
>  If anyone wants a copy now, let me know, otherwise, I will wait
> until we hear that the CLP proposal is a "go".
>
> Hal and Kevin pledged to let us know as soon as they get any
> information about the project review - however, they may hear nothing
> until mid or late December. 
>
> Again, please share any insights I missed......
> Jan Keough, North Star Township

Hi Jan:
Thanks for the excellent meeting summary.  A few additions from my
notes:

1. As you pointed out, CLP expects to do the individual installations
at no additional charge to subscribers (who will pay the normal monthly
service fees but no separate installation fees), but I think that only
applies to customers who sign up early enough for their work to be
scheduled while the contractor crews are doing the original trunk line
installations.  As you pointed out, that's by far the most cost-
efficient time to do installations so CLP is willing to absorb the
cost.  I think customers who sign up later may be assessed an
installation fee.

2. You mention, but I want to emphasize for anyone just skimming these
notes, that CLP plans to provide (without charge) internet service and
a mobile hotspot to every project area town hall.  I think this is a
huge benefit to our communities.

3. CLP is hoping for a 50% take rate.  There are ~3400 driveways in the
service area, so they're hoping for about 1700 customers.

4. Hal noted that the one-time huge expense of plowing all these 450
miles of fiber should benefit our communities long into the future.  He
said that even once the currently proposed system is fully built out
and in use, they estimate that it will use only about 1/10000th of the
potential capacity of the installed fiber.

5. I didn't catch the precise details, but CLP plans to offer a
substantial discount for low income subscribers.  I think this is
another big win for our communities.

6. Kevin noted that all current CLP wireless internet customers will be
automatically upgraded to the much higher capacity fiber system at no
additional cost.

     --Peter





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