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March Annual Meeting 2010

The Normanna Annual Meeting was called to order on March 9, 2010 by Ellen Hanson, Clerk-Treasurer, at 8:20 p.m. at the Normanna Fire Hall.  E. Hanson led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Residents in Attendance:  Molly Tillotson, Inez Wildwood, Michelle Ethun, Dave Speikers, Sara Speikers, Melanie Ford, Julie Johnson, Russ Johnson, Shana Gulbranson, Tom Beloit, Joette Durfee, Jeff Durfee, Leslie Peterson, Leah Hulst, William Prudhomme, Eric Norland, Tony Vatalaro, Brian Bergerson, Brian Brashaw, Bill Taylor, Nathan Winesett, Marcia Stomgren, Linda Marshall, Aarons Gelineau, Bob Spehar, Diane Spehar, Bev Behling, Bob Behling, Mike Gunsolus, Kathleen Cox, Susanne Lindholm Nelson, Kendall Lindholm, Chad Frantz, Heidi Frantz, Kurt Johnson, Wendy Johnson, Chris Wipson, John Stromgren, Sandy Cooke, Thomas Fitzgerald, Ryan Linn, Sandy S. Cooke, Suzanne Cooke, Don Mitchell, Lorraine Mitchell, Kristy Marshall, Jesse Spees, Alan Marshall Jr., Vivian Hanson, Jennifer Swartz, Dennis Gunsolus, Lyle Nygren, Jim Anderson, Joan Anderson, Jeff Sorvik, Michele Sorvik, Jim Abbott, Corey Hulst, Mary L. Johnson, Clark Peterson, Jeff Cooke, Everett Swartz, Dan Bonhiver, Geoff Brown, Dan Croke, Steven Abbott, Paul Hanson, Alan Marshall Sr., Keith Olson, Keith Engen, Kelly Engen, Gerry Engen, Russell Johnson, Dan Johnson, Lone Cooke, David Cooke,Tammy Courrege, and Ellen Hanson.  The signatures that were not legible are not included.

E. Hanson asked for nominations for a moderator.  Motion by I. Wildwood, seconded by K. Johnson, and carried approved the nomination of Melanie Ford as moderator.

Minutes of 2009 Annual Meeting:  M. Ford reported that the minutes were available to read at this meeting.  Motion by M. Stromgren, seconded by M. Ethun to read the minutes, motion failed.  Motion by A. Marshall, Sr., seconded by P. Hanson, and carried approved the 2009 Annual Meeting minutes as presented.

Report of 2009 Receipts & Disbursements:  E. Hanson reported that the summary of receipts and disbursements report was available to read at this meeting.  M. Ford asked for a motion to accept the 2009 Report of Receipts and Disbursements.  Motion by K. Johnson, seconded by P. Hanson, and carried accepted the report.

Clerk’s Report:  E. Hanson reported that the Clerk’s report was available to read at this meeting.  In addition to the written report she thanked the moderator and election judges for their service.  Hanson announced that the primary election will be moved from September 14, 2010 to August 10, 2010 to accommodate the military absentee voters.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) Report:  J. Abbott, Captain, read the 2009 annual report.  The report was available to read at this meeting also.  The department members logged a total of 543.5 hours of internal training, 566 hours of external training, and 382.5 hours attending business meetings.  They responded to 11 medical and 16 fire calls.  A 2001 Ford ambulance, which was donated by Gold Cross, was put into service as the Rescue 5 unit.  There was a lengthy discussion concerning access to the fire hall.

Land Use Committee Report:  No report.

Buildings & Grounds Report:  No report.

Soil & Water Report:  M. Stromgren talked about the invasive species in Normanna.  For more information go to the soil & water web site.  She suggested that residents either contact the county or destroy the plants on your property.  Stromgren reminded residents of the annual tree sale.

Road & Bridge Report:  D. Johnson reported that the annual road report was available to read at this meeting.  The township roads are Wikstad Road, Hagen Road, Lookout Road, Lady Nicole Lane, Troy Brett Trail, Koski Road, and Krista’s Kourtyard.  Road side mowing was accomplished on all the township roads.  D. Johnson stated that for 2010 there will not be a need for more gravel.

Cemetery Report:  E. Hanson announced that the cemetery regulations are on the table.  They were approved by the board last April.  She will be working with the Twin Ports Genealogy Society in the spring to plot and document the cemetery.

Normanna Web Page:  E. Hanson gave an update of the web page.  It is located at www.normanna.org.

Ladies Auxiliary Report:  L. Marshall reported that an expense report was available to read at this meeting.  She thanked E. Hanson her assistance with the newsletter.  They are preparing for the pancake breakfast.  It will be held on May 1, 2010, 7:00 a.m. until noon at the Gnesen Community Center. Their total 2009 income was $15,307.50 minus expenses $12,635.32 equals’ net income of -$2,672.18.

Election Results:  M. Ford read the election results.  The total number of registered voters on the roster was 473.  There were a total of 201 voters in this election.  The results were: Supervisor (3 year term):  Dan Johnson=182 and write-in=5; Supervisor (1 year term): Dennis Gunsolus=108, Molly Tillotson=93; Clerk-Treasurer (2 year term): Ellen Hanson=171 and write-in=11.

Set 2011 Levies:  D. Johnson explained the proposed levy amounts per fund.  A report of past levies and the proposed 2011 levy were available to read at this meeting. The 2011 proposed levy is as follows: General Fund - $6,227.00, Fire Fund - $35,000, Road & Bridge Fund - $33,773, Building - $0, Cemetery - $0, for a total of $75,000.  The County sets an amount each year that the town has to levy for the Road & Bridge fund to get the Gas Tax refund.  In the past, we have increased the Road & Bridge amount to what the county requires.  Then we decrease the General Fund by the difference and transfer from Road & Bridge to the General when there is a shortfall.  This method has worked well in the past for Normanna.  The board recommends that this is still the best way to continue business.

Motion by S.M. Cooke, seconded by M. Stromgren, and carried to vote separately on each fund.  Motion by S.M. Cook, seconded by D. Spehar to lower proposed fire levy to $20,000, discussion, motion failed.  Motion by K. Johnson, seconded by P. Hanson, and carried approved the levy of $35,000 for the Fire Fund.  Motion by K. Johnson, seconded by L. Marshall to levy $10,000 for the General Fund, motion failed.  Motion by S.M. Cooke, seconded by M. Stromgren, and carried approved the levy of $6,227 for the General Fund.    Motion by M. Stromgren, seconded by J. Sorvik, and carried approved the levy of $33,773 for the Road & Bridge Fund.  Motion by A. Marshall, Sr., seconded by K. Johnson, and carried approved the levy of $5,000 for the Building Fund.  Motion by S.M. Cooke, seconded by G. Brown, and carried approved the levy of $0 for the Fire Hall Loan.  Motion by M. Stromgren, seconded by G. Brown, and carried approved the levy of $0 for the Cemetery Fund.  Motion by G. Brown, seconded by M. Stromgren, and carried approved the levy of $0 for the Impress Fund.  The total levy amount for 2011 will be $80,000.

Petitions from the Floor:  None.

Other Business:  None.

Set the 2011 Annual Meeting:  M. Ford asked for a motion to set next year’s annual meeting time and location.  Motion by S.M. Cooke, seconded by M. Stromgren, and carried approved the meeting time of 8:15 p.m. at the Normanna Fire Hall unless it is a snow day.

Motion by K. Johnson, seconded C. Hulst, and carried adjourned the meeting at 10:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk-Treasurer
Tammy Courrege, Head Election Judge
Lone Cooke, Election Judge
Clark Peterson, Election Judge

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