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June 2011

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 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 Dennis Gunsolus, and Clerk-Treasurer Ellen Hanson. 
Absent Geoffrey Brown.

Others in Attendance:  Jeff Cooke, Eric Norland, Aaron Gelineau, Mark Anderson, Bart Carlson, Karen Carlson, Doug Grubb, Janet Keough, Bill Prudhomme, Vivian Hanson, Jason Tuttle, Debby Tuttle, and Joel Berke.

Pledge of Allegiance:  The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was recited.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion by Johnson to approve the agenda as amended, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson to approve the May 16th, 2011 Board minutes as presented, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Johnson to approve the April 20th, 2011 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting minutes, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative: Mark Anderson and Jan Keough gave a presentation on the initiative.  Rural townships are joining together to generate local interest in high speed internet through fiber optics.  The more interest that is generated the greater possibility that grant monies will be available to fund the project.  Anderson will be the contact person on the project.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):  Cooke reported there was one run.

Normanna Land Use Committee Report:  Gunsolus reported there was nothing new going on.

Buildings and Grounds Report: Johnson reported the seasonal mowing continues.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported everything is good.

Fire Department Liaison:  There will be an open house on July 21st.  The purpose will be for the public to meet the firefighters and to recruit new members.  The Board will produce the flier.  Motion by Johnson to spend up to $150 out of the Impress fund for the event, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Purchasing/Credit Card to pay bills:  Hanson asked the Board to consider allowing the practice of paying some bills occasionally with the purchasing card, especially when a finance charge may accrue.  The discussion did not lead to action.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson asked the Board if they wanted to consider charging a small fee for title assessments each time a title company requests a title search.  The Board declined.  Hanson presented the list of certified election judges for the primary and general 2011 election for Board approval.  Motion by Johnson to approve the election judges as presented, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Old Business

Fire Department Policies:  Johnson presented the Normanna Township Fire Department Hiring Policy.

Resolution #2011-07A Resolution for the Adoption of the Hiring Policy for New Members of the Normanna Township Fire Department:  Motion by Johnson to accept resolution #2011-07, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Relief Association:  Johnson explained the Association has overdue forms to be filed with the state.  He will be working on them.

New Business

Halcyon Dell Road:  The two parties involved were present, the Kangas’ and Tuttle’s.  The Board cannot legally do anything to change the situation but are willing to mediate the situation.  The dispute is over an easement.  It is not a township road.  The Tuttle’s want to follow the “right-of-way” laws.  Johnson stated the parties have access, are using access and both are maintaining access.

Official Page in Newsletter:  Tabled to next month.

County Assessors Fee:  Tabled to next month.

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 – 5/01/2011 - $81,548.36
Total Disbursements – May - $1,216.76
Outstanding Checks - $242.30
Total per Bank Statement – 5/31/2011 - $80,580.90
June payroll checks 1930, 1933 – 1936 totaled $599.13

Motion by Johnson to pay the claims as presented and accepted the May cash control statement, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Petitions for the Floor:  Mark Anderson asked the Board to support the Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative by posting information on the website.  The Board, by consensus, gave their support.

Correspondence was reviewed.  Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Gunsolus, seconded by Johnson, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson                                                        Daniel Johnson
Clerk                                                                    Chair