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November 2011

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, November 21st, 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 Ellen Hanson.  Absent Geoffrey Brown.

Others in Attendance: Kimberly Grubb, Eric Norland, and Mark Anderson.

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

Approval of Agenda:  The agenda was review.  Motion by Johnson to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes:  The minutes were review.  Motion by Johnson to approve the October 17th, 2011 Board minutes as presented, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution #2011-10 Appointment of Temporary Supervisor:  One supervisor has been working out of town and has not been able to attend board meetings.  The Board feels it is necessary to appointment a temporary supervisor in his absence.  Should he come back, he will be seated and take his position at the Board table.  Motion by Gunsolus to accept Resolution 2011-10 with the appointment of resident Kimberly Grubb to serve as Temporary Supervisor, seconded by Johnson.  Motion carried unanimously.

Normanna Fire Department (NFD):  Eric Norland reported there were five runs.  The department would like to purchase 4 digital blood pressure monitors.  They are $90 each. Motion by Johnson, seconded by Grubb.  Motion carried unanimously.

Normanna Land Use Committee Report:  Gunsolus reported there was nothing new to report.

Buildings and Grounds Report:  Johnson will call again on the furnace.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported that it may be the end of the season.

Fire Department Liaison:  Johnson nothing new to report.

Clerk’s Report:  The General Election went well.

Old Business

ARMOR Radio Grant:  Nothing new to report

Cloquet Valley Internet Broadband:  Mark Anderson reported on progress of the committee.  The committee is seeking financial support from the townships, in part, for the feasibility study.  Motion by Johnson to support the feasibility study and if needed to commit up to $1,000 to the study, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Relief Association: Johnson reported he is working on the overdue reports.

PERA Cost Analysis:  The Board had a discussion on the recent analysis which was received from PERA.

New Business

March 2012 Annual Meeting Location:  There was a discussion about where to hold the annual meeting and election.  In previous years it had been in the fire hall, at other community centers, and at the town hall.  Motion by Johnson to hold the 2012 Annual Meeting and Election at the Normanna Town Hall, seconded by Grubb.  Motion carried unanimously.  It is required to set the location and time of absentee voting for the annual town election each year.  Motion by Johnson to set the absentee voting location as the town hall and the date and time as March 10 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., seconded by Gunsolus.   Motion carried unanimously.

St. Louis County Road Maintenance Request Letter:  Johnson composed a letter, which he read, requesting the County to sand all roads while plowing, to be determined by plow operator.  Also, request that a pick-blade be used in situations where sanding is not feasible; and thawing culverts shall be done on a case by case request.  The town will either send a letter or email requesting it.  Hanson will send the letter to the County for their files.

January, February, and March 2012 meeting dates:  The meeting dates will be set at the December meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:  Clerk 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 book.

Beginning Balance – 10/01/2011 - $108,369.07
Total Disbursements – October - $7,632.55
Outstanding Checks - $2,488.13
Total per Bank Statement – 10/31/2011 - $105,688.74
November claims 1829–1839 totaled $11,524.36 were presented for approval.
November payroll checks 1995–1997 totaled $514.21

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

Petitions for the Floor:  None.

Correspondence was reviewed.

Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be Monday December 19th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:28  p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                            Daniel Johnson, Chair