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September 2011

Minutes of the regular Board meeting of the Town of Normanna, Minnesota, St. Louis County, held in the Normanna Town Hall, on Monday, September 19th, 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:  Mark Anderson, Eric Norland, Jeff Cooke.

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

Approval of Agenda:  Add to the agenda under new business 1. Resolution 2011-08 and 2. transfer of funds.  Motion by Johnson to approve the agenda as amended, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Johnson to approve the August 15th, 2011 Board minutes as amended, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD):   Jeff Cooke reported there were no runs.  Discussion with Norland about the pulse oximeter effectiveness.  Norland believes they are will be effective and recommended that the fire department purchase a few of them.  Motion by Johnson to purchase out of the fire fund a pulse oximeter for $60 plus tax, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

Buildings and Grounds Report: Johnson reported that he will have the furnace serviced.  Hanson will call on the fly problem.  October 1 will be the cemetery clean up.

Road and Bridge Report:  Johnson reported that culvert work on Lady Nicole was completed and most of the grading is done.  Hauling gravel should be finished in the next month.

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

Clerk’s Report:  Hanson reported on primary election.  Normanna had 25 voters turnout for the school board primary election on September 13.  The General Election will be on November 8th.

Old Business

New Fire Department Member:  Tom Hanna has moved out of the area and therefore will not be joining at this time.

ARMOR Radio Grant:  Tabled until next meeting.

Cloquet Valley Internet Broadband:  Mark Anderson reported on the progress of the Normanna committee.  The due date for the surveys is September 15th.  So far 59% have responded favorably.  The committee continues to contact people.  It appears that Normanna has the numbers to meet the goal to seek funding.

Relief Association: Johnson reported the Fire Department may be interested in transferring their pension into PERA.  John Paulson, PERA, will be meeting with them on October 22 to discuss the pros and cons.  Johnson will contact Sandy Bergerson, Accountant, to ask for assistance with the state association forms.

New Business

Official Page in Newsletter:  Tabled

Furnace Cleaning:  Johnson will call Solem & Sons to have the furnace serviced.

Town Driveway Snow Plowing Bids:  Hanson will call Kurt Rogers to ask him to submit a snow plow bid by the next meeting.

Resolution 2011-08 Records Retention:  The Resolution adopts the Minnesota Townships general records retention schedule.

Motion by Gunsolus to accept the Resolution, seconded by Johnson.  Motion carried unanimously.

Transfer of Funds:  Discussion on the General fund shortage.  Motion by Johnson to transfer $8000 out of Road & Bridge to General fund, seconded by Gunsolus.  Motion carried unanimously.  Brown was absent from voting.

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 – 8/01/2011 - $123,532.29
Total Disbursements – August - $2,592.04
Outstanding Checks - $2,008.22
Total per Bank Statement – 8/31/2011 - $123,024.90
September claims 1809–1820 totaled $13,622.08 were presented for approval.
September payroll checks 1958–1962 totaled $641.59

The Bank statement is $0.01 more than the Treasurer’s account.  Motion by Johnson to pay the claims as presented, accept the August cash control statement, and void Brown’s payroll check number 1958 for $42.46, 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, October 17th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

A motion by Gunsolus, seconded by Johnson, and carried adjourned the meeting at 8:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Hanson, Clerk                Daniel Johnson, Chair