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June 2009

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting was called to order by Chair Marcia Stromgren at 7:00 p.m.

Members Present:  Chair-Supervisor Marcia E. Stromgren, Supervisor Dan Johnson, Supervisor Geoffrey Brown, and Clerk-Treasurer Ellen Hanson.

Others in Attendance:  Kurt Johnson, Alan Marshall, and Paul Hanson.

Approval of Agenda:  Stromgren added Cartway petition and propane tanks under new business.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the agenda as amended.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the May 18th, 2009 board minutes.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):  K. Johnson reported that there were two medical runs.

Normanna Ladies Auxiliary:  No report.

Normanna Land Use Committee:  Stromgren reappointed Mary Johnson to the committee.  Brown appointed Mark Anderson.

Cell Tower Update:  No report.

Building and Grounds Report:  Johnson reported that the cemetery could use about ten yards of black dirt and the town hall needs about five yards.  Motion by Stromgren, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the purchase of fifteen yards of black dirt from Duluth Dirt (Pat Kunst).

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported that nothing new was going on.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson reported that she had placed the short course information in the supervisor’s packets.  Hanson talked about the sign retroreflectivity survey.  She gave Johnson the copies of the PowerPoint presentation.

Treasurer’s Report:  Hanson distributed the Cash Control Statement, Net Pay Account Distribution Report, and Claims List for approval to the supervisors and they will be in the clerk-treasurer’s book.

Beginning Balance – 05/01/2009$69,447.92

Total Disbursements – May$9,764.77

Outstanding Checks - $277.02

Total per Bank Statement - 05/31/2009 - $62,965.98

June claims 1516 - 1530 totaled $19,568.65 were presented for approval.

June payroll checks 1589 – 1592 totaled $521.78.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the April cash control statement.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried paid the claims as presented and approved the May cash control statement.

Old Business

Normanna Information Signs:  Stromgren intends to send a letter to the county representative.

Normanna Web Page:  Hanson presented copies of the web pages that have been worked on to date.

Cemetery Regulations:  Stromgren requested that the new regulations be sent to relatives of the deceased.  Hanson will compile a list for the supervisors to review at the next meeting.

2008 Audit Update:  Hanson gave an update on the meeting with the James Maiser, auditor.  The audit should be completed by the end of June.

Computer Update:  Hanson provided price information from the University of Minnesota Duluth Computer Store for a new lap top computer.  Motion by Brown, seconded by Stromgren, and carried approved to spend up to $1000 for a new lap top computer.

New Business

Petitions from the Floor:  None.

Summer Short Course Training:  The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) will present their summer short courses from July 13th - 31st in various locations around Minnesota.  The nearest training location will be in Carlton on July 31st.

SLCATO (St. Louis County Association of Township Officers) Report:  Stromgren reported on the meeting she attended.  She had a conversation with Tim Strom regarding the Cartway petition.  He said the township should not keep the security deposit if the Cartway does not go through in a timely manner.  Hanson will send the Cartway petitioner a letter requesting that they send a request for their deposit to be returned.

DAT (Duluth Area Townships) Report:  Stromgren reported on the May 21st meeting she attended.  The next meeting will be in August.

Propane Tanks:  Stromgren asked Hanson if the township had received any information regarding a pre-buy for the upcoming heating season.  Hanson indicated that she had not received any information from Ferrell Gas as of this date.

Newsletter Items:  Hanson presented the draft newsletter which is due out July 1st.  All items discussed earlier were included and there were no new items to add.

Correspondence was reviewed.  Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be July 20th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Johnson, seconded by Stromgren, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                                                                                                             Marcia E. Stromgren, Chair
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