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May 2010

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting was called to order by Chair Daniel Johnson at 7:03 p.m.

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

Others in Attendance:  Kurt Johnson, Paul Hanson, Vivian Hanson, Bill Prudhomme, Marcia Stromgren, Lone Cooke, Dave Cooke, Bob Spehar, Phil ?, Keith Engen, Gerry Engen, Kelly Engen, Clark Peterson, Sandy M. Cooke, Russ Johnson, Alan Marshall, Linda Marshall, Doug Grubb, and
Kimberly Grisim.

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

Chair Johnson stated that he has removed petitions from the floor item from the agenda and will not take comments from the people in attendance regarding the fire department issue.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the agenda with the following additions: 1. Approval of agenda and 2. Approval of minutes.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried approved the April 19th, 2010 board minutes as presented.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):  K. Johnson reported that there had been two medical runs and one fire run.  There will be a gun raffle drawing on September 16.  Tickets will be available in a month.  The department intends to order one set of turnouts for a new member.  The cost is $2,137.00.  The pancake breakfast and silent auction net profit was $7,180.00.  The fire restrictions are off.

Normanna Ladies Auxiliary:  No report.

Normanna Land Use Committee Report:  The Supervisors made the following appointments:  Gunsolus appointed Keith Engen, Johnson appointed Paul Hanson, and Brown appointed Sandy M. Cooke.

Building and Grounds Report:  The annual clean-up of the cemetery and town hall will be Saturday, May 22nd at 9:00 a.m.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried to spend up to $40 for fertilizer to be used at the cemetery.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported that all township roads have been graded to date.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson distributed the new expense worksheet that will be used for expense reimbursement.  The County recommended the election machines be brought in for annual maintenance.  This has been done.

Old Business

Fire Department:  1. Insurance: Johnson stated that the fire department’s current liability insurance through Young and Associates is for equipment, building, and workers compensation.  The township is loss payee.  Johnson will confirm with Young and Associates that all the equipment is covered through them.  Johnson reported on the MAT (Minnesota Association of Townships) insurance coverage for the fire department.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried approved the Young and Associates liability insurance coverage.  2.  Fire Department Contract for Service:  Tabled until the next meeting.  3.  Public Informational Hearing:  Tabled until the next meeting.  4.  Inventory of Equipment:  Kurt Johnson is working on it.  It will be completed for the next meeting.

Propane Contract:  Hanson reported that all the business of moving to Superior Fuel from Ferrell Gas and the new tank purchase had been completed.

Cemetery and Town Hall Clean-up Date:  The date is set for May 22nd, at 9:00 a.m.  Meet at the town hall or the cemetery.  Volunteers are welcomed.

New Business

2010 Road Construction Projects:  Johnson reported a culvert on Lady Nicole Lane may need to be replaced.  Johnson will get a quote for a replacement culvert.  A bus driver parks on one side of Wikstad Road which has damaged the road.  Therefore, it might require repair.

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 – 04/01/2010 - $72,962.82
Total Disbursements – April - $8,266.70
Outstanding Checks - $450.82
Total per Bank Statement - 04/30/2010 - $69,667.11
May claims 1652 – 1663 totaled $12,765.89 were presented for approval.
May payroll checks 1737 – 1740 totaled $544.87.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried to pay the claims as presented and approved the April cash control statement.

Motion by Gunsolus, seconded by Brown, and carried to pay the claims as presented except Claim 1660 (payment to the Fire Department’s attorney, Mr. Kenneth Butler) and approved the April cash control statement.  Gunsolus and Brown in favor.  Johnson abstained.

Motion by Brown, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried instructing the Fire Department to seek prior approval before conversing with their attorney which would incur a fee.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried to purchase turn out gear for new Fire Department member Jim Anderson at $2,137.

Petitions from the Floor:  M. Stromgren had a complaint about the newsletter.  She was directed to the Ladies Auxiliary.  M. Stromgren had a complaint about a letter E. Hanson wrote to the Board.  Ms. Stromgren asked to be kept informed of election judge training.  She was informed that the announcement will be published in the July newsletter.  Hanson responded to the Stromgren complaint regarding her letter.

Correspondence was reviewed.  Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be June 21st, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Gunsolus, seconded by Brown, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                                        Daniel Johnson, Chair