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October 2011

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, October 17th, 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: Kim Grubb and Eric Norland.

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

Approval of Agenda:  Johnson added to the agenda under new business 1.  Discussion of lack of Supervisor.  Motion by Johnson to approve the agenda as amended, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson to approve the September 19th, 2011 Board minutes as presented, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Normanna Fire Department (NFD):  Eric Norland reported there was one run.  Planned maintenance of the fire engines will begin soon.

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

Buildings and Grounds Report: Johnson reported that it is too late to spray for cluster flies this season.  The cemetery grounds have been cleaned up.  The service call has been made for the furnace.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported that there was work on Lady Nicole Lane.

Fire Department Liaison:  Johnson reported he met with the department a few times.  They continue to talk about the Relief Association and PERA.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson reported that the levy had been certified with the County in September.  The General Election is November 8.

Old Business

ARMOR Radio Grant:  Johnson contacted Dewy Johnson and was reassured that Normanna is included.

Cloquet Valley Internet Broadband:  Gunsolus reported that over 75 percent of Normanna residents are in favor of faster internet service.  The next step in the process is a feasibility study.

Relief Association: Johnson reported on the overdue reports; he’s still working on them.

PERA Resolution 2011-09:  John Paulson gave a presentation to the members of the fire department on PERA.  PERA takes new members only on January 1st.  The administration fee is $30 per member per year.  Once they take it over you cannot get out of it.  The first step is to approve a cost analyst.  Motion by Johnson to request a cost analyst for the Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association from PERA, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

March 2012 Annual Meeting Location:  At the Annual meeting the motion was left to the Township Board to make the decision where the meeting will be held.  Johnson will talk with Cooke about it.  Possibly the town hall will be used for the election and meeting.

November Election:  See Clerk’s report.

St. Louis County Road Maintenance Request Letter:  Johnson will work on the letter.

Sales Tax Exemption for all Township Purchases:  Johnson reported from the MAT Newsletter that after October 1, 2011 all township purchases are tax exempt.

Town Driveway Snow Plowing Bids for Winter 2011-2012:  There was one bid received.  The bid was from Kurt Rogers for $75 per time for 2 inches or more of snow.  Plowing includes the walkway to the Town Hall; Town Hall and Fire Hall Parking; and lower Fire Hall Drive.  Motion by Johnson to accept the bid from Kurt Rogers, seconded by Gunsolus. Motion carried unanimously.

Official Page in Newsletter:  Tabled

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 – 9/01/2011 - $121,046.67
Total Disbursements – September - $14,221.21
Outstanding Checks - $60.00
Total per Bank Statement – 9/30/2011 - $108,429.07
October claims 1821–1828 totaled $6,968.34 were presented for approval.
October payroll checks 1982–1984 totaled $541.21

The Bank statement is $0.01 more than the Treasurer’s account.  Motion by Johnson to pay the claims as presented and accepted the September cash control statement, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion by Gunsolus to credit the account system by $0.01 to bring the accounting system into balance, seconded by Johnson.  Motion carried unanimously.

Absent of Supervisor:  Johnson will look up the rules.  The concern is one supervisor has been absent for several meeting.

Petitions for the Floor:  None.

Correspondence was reviewed.

Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                                Daniel Johnson, Chair