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September 2010

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, September 20th, 2010 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, Supervisor Geoffrey Brown, and Clerk-Treasurer
Ellen Hanson.

Others in Attendance:  Paul Hanson, Keith Engen, Gerry Engen, Kelly Engen, Leah Hulst, Tom Torgerson, Doug Grubb, Deb Swartz,
Kurt Johnson, Al Marshall, Linda Marshall, Kristy Marshall, Steve Abbott, Corey Hulst, Bill Prudhomme, Kimberly Grisim, Vivian Hanson, Todd Carlson, Tom Hanna, Scott Hanna, Inez Wildwood, Thomas Fitzgerald, Brian Bergerson, Eric Norland, Sandy Cooke, Lone Cooke,
Russ Johnson, Judy Johnson, Larry Sandretsky, and Aaron Gelineau.

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

Approval of Agenda:  Johnson added to new business Resolution 2010-06.  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried approved the agenda as amended.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson, seconded by Gunsolus, and carried approved the August 17th, 2010 board minutes as presented.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):  K. Johnson reported there had been 2 medical runs.  Tests were completed on all pumper trucks.

Ladies Auxiliary:  Linda Marshall reported the fund raising raffle drawing was successful.

Normanna Land Use Committee Report:  No report.

Building and Grounds Report:  Johnson stated all unsecured items in the Cemetery need to be removed by October 1st.  Otherwise, he will remove and discard items after this date.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported two culverts at Kings Court were replaced and grading/blading was completed.

Fire Department Liaison:  Brown met with the Department leadership on September 16th.  Their discussion focused on reaching an agreement with the Board.  He felt the Department had not been able to review the resolution and therefore, it was premature in presenting it at this time.  Motion by Brown to table Resolution 2010-04, seconded by Johnson.  Discussion.  Motion failed.  Johnson and Gunsolus opposed, Brown in favor.

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson reported she received and filed an email from Leah Hulst regarding the Board and Fire Department and an email from Scott Hanna regarding the Board and Fire Department.  Election judge training will be September 29th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Town Hall.  Hanson announced she is a notary public.  The levy has been certified.

Old Business

Fire Department:  D. Johnson stated the distributed resolution should be numbered as 2010-04 and not 2010-05.  Johnson reported he had met with Attorney Tim Strom regarding the resolution.  He read out loud resolution 2010-04 titled A Resolution regarding Fire Protection and Rescue Services for the Town of Normanna.  Chair Johnson opened the discussion to the public.  The resolution discussion focused on the transition time, the Fire Relief Association, transfer of equipment, policies/procedures and other details not covered in the resolution.  Johnson stated the details will be worked out through policy yet to be made.  Motion by Johnson to table Resolution 2010-04 and to form a committee comprised of the Board Chair, two Fire Department members, two Normanna residents, and the Clerk.  Seconded by Brown.  Motion carried.  The committee objective will be to work on acceptable language for the resolution and make a recommendation on either a municipal township or a corporation.  Resident members are Aaron Gelineau and Larry Sandretsky and representing the Fire Department are Corey Hulst and Jeff Cooke.  The committee will report to the Board at the next meeting on their progress.

Recessed at 8:58 p.m. and reconvened for 9:00 p.m.

Insurance for Fire Department:  Johnson will contact Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) to verify coverage.  If MAT responds that they will not cover the Fire Department then Johnson will contact Young & Associates to reinstate their coverage.

Locking Storage Cabinet:  Hanson reported it was out of stock and needs to be re-ordered.

Furnace Checkup:  Johnson will contact D.G. Solem & Sons for the annual furnace maintenance.

Signs for Town Hall and Missing Road Signs:   Johnson and Gunsolus inspected the new township directional signs. They were not pleased with where the signs had been placed in the township.  There may be a need to order more signs for an additional fee. Johnson will contact the county about replacing the missing sign from Krista’s Kourtyard.

New Business

Public Comment: None.

Appointment of Election Judges for General Elections:  In addition to the list presented for the primary election the following names were added: Chris Brown, Sue Baker, Janet Baker, and Vivian Hanson.  Motion by Johnson to accept the list of election judges.  Seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried.

Resolution 2010-06:  Motion by Johnson to accept Resolution 2010-06.  Seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried.  The resolution accepted a donation of $2,203.31 from the Ladies Auxiliary for the Fire Fund.  The Board thanked the Ladies Auxiliary and the Fire Department for their donation and their efforts.

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 – 08/01/2010 - $98,219.34
Total Disbursements – August - $8,085.52
Outstanding Checks - $2,776.11
Total per Bank Statement – 08/31/2010 - $92,983.65
September claims 1705 – 1712 totaled $12,410.76 were presented for approval.
September payroll checks 1804 – 1807 totaled $544.87.

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Brown, and carried to pay the claims as presented with the exception of claim 1712 and accepted the July cash control statement.

Correspondence was reviewed.  Checks were signed.

The next meeting of the Board will be October 18th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Gunsolus, seconded by Johnson, and carried adjourned the meeting at 9:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                                        Daniel Johnson, Chair