MINUTES-REGULAR MEETING-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD- APRIL 9, 2014

April 23rd, 2014

MINUTES-REGULAR MEETING-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD- APRIL 9, 2014

Meeting called to order at 8pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisor Dave Baker and Clerk Fran Levings.  Absent were Supervisor Jason Fornengo and Treasurer Margaret Coveau.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the agenda.  Carried.

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to approve the minutes of March 19, 2014.  Carried.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the minutes of the Board of Re-Organization.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report as prepared by Treasurer Margaret Coveau. (Attached to file copy of these minutes).  Fund Balances are:  General Fund-$5431.36, Road & Bridge Fund- $17137.99, Cemetery/Landscaping Fund- $555.74, Fire Protection Fund- $2927.45, Fire Hall Fund- $125.45, Cartway Fund- $89.15, Savings Account- $1157.65, Driveways Fund- $5748.85 and CDs- $44355.04.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Claims List and the Net Payroll List for approval.  (Attached to file copy of these minutes).  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to pay these bills.  Carried.

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1. Clerk announced the following schedule for pre-approved activities.  The Town Meeting to decide on the unnamed road near the WI border will be held first.  The Township decision on the Pine County Subsurface System Ordinance will be studied beginning in July and the Town Meetings to decide whether or not to join the North Pine Area Hospital District will be scheduled in September.
  2. Clerk began a discussion of how much to pay the person hired to mow lawns for the gas he will need. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to pay $25/month towards gas expenses.
  3. Clerk asked about calling Purple Pumper to flush septic system and was advised to do so.
  4. Thank you notes/letters had been received from the Seven County Senior Federation, the Pine County Historical Society, the Old School Arts Center, and Family Pathways Senior Services.

NO ZONING REPORT:

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Concerns expressed by both Supervisors that no easement agreement has been reached yet between the affected landowners regarding the unnamed road by the Wisconsin border running @1/4 miles N. of Pine County Highway 32. At a Special Town Meeting held on September 10, 2013, no action was taken with the intent that the property owners work out an easement.  It appears that these negotiations may have broken down. The Clerk has sent letters to all property owners giving notice that she planned to ask the Supervisors at the March meeting  to schedule another Town Meeting on this same issue. Motion passed at March 19 meeting to hold a Special Town Meeting on this issue.  Clerk was advised to do all of the legal notices and notify each affected property owner in writing of this meeting.
  2. The revision of the Plowing Private Drives Policy was postponed until the April meeting.
  3. The Pine County sale of tax-forfeited land in our township was discussed.  Consensus was that the Town Board would not try to stop the sale of these parcels.  Pine County Land Director Greg Beck suggested, via a phone call to Chair Fornengo, using other pieces of land- e.g. land on McDermott Creek Road past Lydia Mishler’s former home or on the Matt Lourey Road.  The purpose would be to set up a walk-in campsite/park.  Discussion on this concept will continue at future Board meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Reports on the Pine County Township Officers Meeting- VFW Hinckley- March 29- Clerk Levings reported that the County Board is very concerned about the closing of Riverwood Clinic in Braham.  Pine County had over 500 residents getting mental health services at Riverwood and the county is now scrambling to find services for these people.  She also noted that Brett Westbrook is running for Pine County Sheriff.  Kelly Schroeder, Pine County Assessor, spoke about the new Subsurface Treatment Ordinance.  Both the Northern Lights Express and the North Pine Area Hospital District were discussed.
  2. Chair Fornengo reported on a letter we had received from Centurylink expressing the need to be informed of any major construction projects.

ANYTHING ELSE TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD?

  1. Chair Fornengo reported that he is involved with a Broadband Committee. He represents Essentia Hospital at the meetings, but says much of  what he is learning will affect townships also.  There is a need to get Broadband service to “un-served” and “underserved” areas.

Meeting adjourned at 9pm.

Respectfully- Fran Levings, Clerk ____________________             Chair _____________

MINUTES-REGULAR MEETING-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD-MARCH 19,2014

April 23rd, 2014

MINUTES-REGULAR MEETING-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD-MARCH 19,2014

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by Chair Dave Fornengo. Also present were Supervisors Dave Baker and Jason Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Joe McCarthy and Jim McCarthy.  Margaret Coveau, Treasurer, was absent.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Agenda.  Carried.

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 12, 2014, regular Board meeting.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report.(Attached to file copy of these minutes).  Fund balances are: General Fund- $7672.13, Road & Bridge Fund- $18815.53, Cemetery/Landscaping Fund- $555.74, Fire Protection- $2927.45, Fire Hall Fund- $125.45, Cartway Fund- $89.15, Savings Account- $1157.08, Driveways Fund- ($1182.52), CDs- $44355.04.  Receipts for March were: $200 for Snow Removal on that portion of Hay Creek Road which lies in Arna Township, Interest on Checking Account-$5.83, Gas Tax Distribution from Pine County- $7317.18 and Donation from Deloris Schirmer to the Driveways Fund.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Claims List and the Net Payroll List for approval.  (Attached to file copy of these minutes). Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to pay these bills. Carried.

CLERK’S REPORT:

1. Dates to remember-             March 29- Pine County Township Officers Meeting

Hinckley- VFW- 9am.

April 4- MAT short course in Carlton.

April 7- Board of Review       1pm.

2. Clint Coveau, Markville, is willing to be the lawn mowing employee for 2014.Consensus was to hire him at a rate of $25/hour.

3. Clerk distributed the 2013 Financial statement of the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department.

NO ZONING REPORT

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Access to the property of Jim McCarthy was discussed.  Clerk Fran Levings reported to the Board on what has recently transpired.  A resident has requested and was sent a copy of the Road order for the ¼ mile road going north from Rutabaga Road.  This road is close to the Wisconsin border.  The Board then received a letter for another resident stating that Mr. McCarthy had been asked to try to find another route to his property.  Since the Board is responsible for providing access to any landlocked parcel and since it appears that easement negotiations have either broken down or stalled, a motion was made by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to set April 28, 2014, as the date for another Town Meeting.  The purpose of this meeting will be to once again ask the voters of New Dosey Township to authorize the Town Board to do work on this road.  This would, in effect, re-assert township authority over the road.  The Clerk will provide all necessary notification to both the voters and the landowners involved.
  2. The Plowing Private Drives Policy was also discussed.  The Clerk provided the results of the research she had done.  Reviewing the records of donations made to the Driveway program and disbursements for plowing the drives, she reported that total receipts from 2007-2012 were $17,800 and disbursements during that period were $4018 for payroll.  The Supervisors than calculated that “wear & tear” on the plow truck was @$10.045.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to transfer $7755 from the Road & Bridge Fund to the Driveways Fund.  Carried. The Clerk was asked to revise the Plowing Private Drives Policy by adding that “all gated properties must be left unlocked or the landowner will not qualify for having his/her driveway plowed.”  She will bring a draft of the revised policy to the April Board Meeting.  Clerk will also ask for local address of landowners requesting to be put on the list. Dave Fornengo said the Board should create a list of local contractors who can be called if a landowner does not want to be on the Township list.
  3. A plow truck replacement plan was also discussed.  A motion was made and approved at the Annual Meeting to sell the truck and purchase a pick-up truck.  Dave Fornengo will research all aspects- value of the truck, cost of a V-Plow, etc.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. The township received a list of tax-forfeited land sales.  43 acres by the old dump site was listed.  Dave Fornengo suggested that the Township consider purchasing this property for a part- a walk-in nature area that would have a campsite.   The second parcel listed was in the town site.  Dave Fornengo will contact County Land Director Greg Beck to inquire about the 60-day deadline for a response.  The township may want to explore uses of this parcel also. Both issues would need to be put before the Planning Commission.
  2. Chair Fornengo reported on a letter from the North Pine Area Hospital District explaining the advantages of joining them.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Fran Levings, Clerk             Signed by the Chair  __________

MINUTES-BOARD OF RE-ORGANIZATON MEETING- MARCH 19, 2014

April 23rd, 2014

 MINUTES-BOARD OF RE-ORGANIZATON MEETING- MARCH 19, 2014 

Meeting called to order at 7:21 by Chair Dave Fornengo. Also present were Fran Levings, Jason Fornengo, and Dave Baker.  Treasurer Margaret Coveau was absent.

Clerk Fran Levings swore Jason Fornengo in as Supervisor- 3-year term.

Chair Dave Fornengo swore Fran Levings in as Clerk- 2- years.

Dave Baker nominated Dave Fornengo to serve as Chair of the Board, seconded by Jason Fornengo.  No other nominations, therefore Dave Fornengo was elected Chair for 2 years.

Dave Fornengo nominated Dave Baker to serve as Vice-chair of the Board, seconded by Jason Fornengo.  No other nominations, therefore Dave Baker was elected Vice-chair for 2 years.

All Board Officers present signed the Officers Form for the Minnesota Association of Townships.  Clerk will mail to Treasurer Margaret Coveau for her signature.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Chair ___________________________  Date_______________