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February 2010

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting was called to order by Chair Daniel Johnson at 7:00 p.m.

Members Present:  Chair-Supervisor Daniel Johnson, Supervisor Geoffrey Brown, Supervisor Dennis Gunsolus, and Clerk-Treasurer Ellen Hanson.

Others in Attendance:  Kurt Johnson, Alan Marshall, Paul Hanson, Jim Abbott, Vivian Hanson, Marcia Stromgren, Aaron Gelineau, Mark Anderson, John Stromgren, Dan Bonhiver, Russ Johnson, Judy Johnson, Mike Gunsolus, Joel Berke, and Bill Prudhomme.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the agenda as presented.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried approved the January 26st, 2010 board minutes as presented.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):  A. Marshall reported that there were two medical calls.  There were three resignations from the department and one leave of absence.

Normanna Ladies Auxiliary:  A. Marshall reported that the newsletter will be out on April 1st.  The pancake breakfast will be May 1st from 7:00 a.m. to Noon at the Gnesen Community Center.

Normanna Land Use Committee:  No report.

Building and Grounds Report:  No report.

Road and Bridge Report:  No report.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson announced that the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be April 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the County Assessor’s Office.  Hanson presented the list of election judges for approval.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the election judge list.

Treasurer’s Report:  Hanson distributed the Cash Control Statement, Net Pay Account Distribution Report, and Claims List for approval to the supervisors.  The claims list is attached and the other reports are in the clerk-treasurer’s book.

Beginning Balance – 01/01/2010 - $84,928.64
Total Disbursements – January - $15,445.54
Outstanding Checks - $15,226.79
Total per Bank Statement - 01/31/2010 - $86,185.44

February claims 1616 – 1624 totaled $2,271.81 were presented for approval.
February payroll checks 1688 – 1691 totaled $521.78.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried paid the claims as presented and approved the January cash control statement.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried to transfer $197.38 from the Fire Hall Fund to the Building Fund.

Old Business

Fire Hall Access:  Johnson presented a resolution based on the agreement made at the January meeting.  Gunsolus would not agree to it.  A lengthy discussion followed.  A second agreement was as follows: 1. The fire hall access fobs will be locked in a lock box in the town hall.  Each supervisor and the clerk will have their own fob.  2.  The clerk and supervisors must contact a fire department member, according to their contact list, prior to access or right afterward.  3.  One must sign the fire hall log book.  No action was taken and no motion for acceptance was made on this agreement.

2010 Annual Meeting Agenda:  Johnson went through the draft agenda.  It was suggested that the agenda item election results for supervisor be changed to election results.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the agenda with the change.

Broadband:  M. Anderson and J. Stromgren gave an update on securing broadband for Normanna residents.  K. Johnson announced that the fire hall and town hall will have free high speed internet courtesy of LakeNet if an advertisement is placed in the newsletter.

Budget Proposals for 2011 Levy:  Johnson presented a draft proposal for the 2011 levy.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the proposed 2011 levy of Fire=$35,000, General plus Road & Bridge=$40,000 for a total of $75,000.

New Business

Petitions from the Floor:  M. Stromgren questioned the number of NVFD members and the necessity to have 21 members.  She suggested that the number be lowered to keep costs down.  She also stated that in almost two years as an election judge she was only called twice to service.  She suggested that a rotation be used.

March Board Meeting:  The meeting is set for the 22nd.  The reorganizational meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Correspondence was reviewed.  Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be March 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                                                                                                             Daniel Johnson, Chair