MINUTES- SPECIAL TOWN MEETING-OCTOBER 18, 2014

October 22nd, 2014

MINUTES- SPECIAL TOWN MEETING-OCTOBER 18, 2014

Meeting called to order at 10am by Clerk Fran Levings.  She said the voters were notified of the meeting by a legal notice in the Pine County Courier, by postings on both the bulletin board and the notice board and by calls made to the voters of the township. She explained that, by law, the only topic to be discussed at this meeting was to discuss and possibly decide on whether or not the township should join the North Pine Area Hospital District.

Ed Carlin was elected as moderator.

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

Ron Osladil, chair of the North Pine Area Hospital District, and Micheal Hedrix, administrator of Pine Medical Center, presented handouts, spoke about the operations of the District. Their presentation included information on the purpose of the district, the levy, capital spending, services provided and the economic impact of the NPAHD.  Each township in the District has one representative on the District’s Board.  The District Board will decide what happens to the Gateway Clinic, whether to set up an Assisted-Living program and nursing home issues.  Mr. Osladil also spoke about the detachment issue.  He thinks that Hinckley City and Arlone Township were dissatisfied with the dysfunction of the District a few years ago.  He said the District has improved since then.

Don Eddy said that emergency services to our township is lacking in that the ambulance response time is too long.  It worked better when the ambulance could come across state lines from Danbury.

Mr. Hedrix responded that he would look at this issue.

Fran Levings said we are a primarily a senior community and there is a lot of concern about ambulances taking too long to get here.

Mr. Hedrix said many of our residents are using services provided by the hospital, clinic  and nursing home in Sandstone.

Dave Fornengo pointed out that the District is involved in providing a health-care campus that could include the Gateway Clinic, Vision-Pro, etc.

Don Eddy asked if ambulance service could also be under this umbrella?

Mr. Hedrix replied that he definitely see ambulance service as part of the bigger picture.

Robin Fornengo expressed a need for home health-care service in our community.

Mr. Hedrix responded that the Pine Medical Center is not licensed for this service and that St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth dropped this service 8 years ago.

Beverly Carlin said they get home health-care services coming from Blaine, MN.

Don Eddy pointed out that many home health-care organizations are privately-run.

Deloris Schirmer commented that she now gets medical treatment in Webster because of a bad experience at Gateway Clinic.

Fran Levings said she was impressed with learning that some doctors at the Gateway Clinic took their jobs in order to reduce college loans, but have deciding to stay after the loan period ended because they enjoyed the quality of life in this rural area.

Dave Baker commented that he has always gotten good medical care at the Gateway Clinic.

Mr. Hedrix pointed out that all of the emergency room physicians are now Board certified and are rotated out of Essentia Health in Duluth.  The Sandstone Hospital is also now “stroke-ready”.

Robin Fornengo said she is very pleased with the care her mother receives at the Sandstone Hospital.

Mr. Osladil said that a stigma still exists about both the quality of care of the hospital and the District from a few years ago, but conditions have improved a lot since then.

Mr. Hedrix offered a tour of the hospital to any of our residents.

Dave Fornengo said if the township were to become a member of the District, we would have a representative on their Board who would attend meetings and report back to the Board.

Mr. Osladil explained that both the Hospital District Board and the Hospital Board cooperate in every way- the 2 Boards work together.

Jan Streiff asked who sets the levy and for an explanation for the red figures on the Balance Sheet.

Mr. Hedrix said if all of the figures are added up, the District is in the black. Essentia Health pays rent to the District for the use of the hospital building. The District operates like a business and reports back to its members. He also said that hospital bonding has nothing to do with the District.

Dave Baker inquired as to what are the advantages of joining the District.

Mr. Hedrix replied that the advantage to the District is that if they get new members, all members pay less.

Mr. Osladil said that he sees 2 advantages to the township- (1) a voice at the table (2) an opportunity to maintain the quality of care.

Don Eddy asked the group if they saw any disadvantages.

No one responded.

Dave Fornengo said the District Board is comparable to the Town Board-local citizens have a say in what the Board decides.

Jan Streiff asked if there was a hurry  decide because once in, it is hard to get out.

Dave Baker responded that if the Hospital District itself decides to dissolve, they could and all members would be out.

Don Eddy made a motion to vote on the resolution to join the North Pine Area Hospital District.  Motion seconded by Robin Fornengo.  Carried.

Moderator Ed Carlin called for a “show of hands” vote- Seven electors voted to join the Hospital District and 2 electors voted to not join the Hospital District.

Motion by Beverly Carlin, second by Deloris Schirmer, to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 11:29am.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Moderator _______________________________

Date _______________________

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP TO JOIN THE NORTH PINE AREA HOSPITAL DISTRICT

October 22nd, 2014

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP TO JOIN THE NORTH PINE AREA HOSPITAL DISTRICT 

WHEREAS, MN statutes –sections 447.31 to 447.37- allows for the creation or reorganization of a hospital district, in order to acquire, improve, and run hospital and nursing home facilities that the hospital district decides are necessary and expedient, and

WHEREAS, the electors of New Dosey Township passed a motion at the March 11, 2014, Annual Township Meeting authorizing the Town Board to investigate and pursue the possibility of the township joining the North Pine Area Hospital District, and

WHEREAS, the chair of the North Pine Area Hospital District and the administrator of the Pine Medical Center in Sandstone, MN presented a comprehensive informational packet including purpose, levy, capital spending, services provided and the economic impact of the North Pine Area Hospital District, and

WHEREAS, there has been a robust debate, well-represented in the media, and in public forum, and

WHEREAS, a New Dosey Town Meeting was held on October 11, 2014, to discuss and question all facets of the North Pine Area Hospital District, and

WHEREAS, it is important to our Township to have representation on the North Pine Area Hospital District Board in order to influence decisions regarding the health care of our residents, and

WHEREAS, it is also important to maintain the quality of care provided for our residents,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the electors of New Dosey Township, voted to have New Dosey Township join the North Pine Area Hospital District.

SIGNED:       __________________________        _______________________

Edward Carlin, Moderator              Dave Fornengo, Board Chair

_________________________          ______________________

Fran Levings, Clerk                                      Date

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP REGULAR BOARD MEETING- SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

October 2nd, 2014

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP REGULAR BOARD MEETING-

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Meeting called to order at 7:35pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisor Dave Baker, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Mandy Fornengo, and Ron Petroske.  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 Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the minutes of August 13, 2014.  Carried.

Clerk Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report as prepared by Treasurer Margaret Coveau.  (Attached to file copy of these minutes)  Fund Balances are: General Fund- $12,489.89, Road & Bridge Fund- $36,148.65, Fire Protection Fund- 9143.91, Fire Hall Fund- $125.45, Cartway Fund-$89.15, Cemetery/Landscaping Fund- $353.80.  Savings Account-$1158.16, Driveways Fund-$4340.18 and CDs- $44,696.71.  Receipts include  MN State Aid ($7076.00) and the 2014 PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) ($7189.13.)

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried.

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

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1. Reminder- Legal Township Seminar- Rutledge- Sept. 27- 9am,
  2. Clerk received New Address Request forms from the Emergency Management Coordinator for Pine County. She requested that we have anyone landowners requesting fire # to complete a form and mail to the County. Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to send a form to all property owners on Hay Creek that do not have a fire #.

ZONING REPORT:

  1. Land Use Permit # 115 issued to Calen Baugn to convert a bee house into a dwelling. Zoning Administrator explained that this permit is exempt from the “one dwelling/parcel” rule because the dwelling is for an elderly relative.
  2. Land Use Permit # 116 issued to Scott Walberg to construct a cabin.
  3. Zoning administrator also clarified that those new outhouses built must have a holding tank IF they are within 300 feet of water and the outhouse must be less than 3 feet above the water table.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Discussion of culverts- Dave Baker will remind Doug Wiita, road worker, that Timber Ridge Road & McDermott Creek Road need culverts and a collar for culverts needs to be purchased.
  2. There has been no beaver activity on Kingsdale Road, but plenty on Creek View Lane. Dave Fornengo had been working on this problem.
  3. The township still has $680 remaining from Pine County for work on the Matt Lourey Trail . Land Department employee Greg Beck will work with the township on this.

TRUCK REPLACEMENT/REPAIRS-  Dave Fornengo reported that is was difficult to find a buyer for the truck.  A quote on repairs came in at $3-$4,000.  He contacted Boyer Trucks and received a quote of $25,169.25 (this price includes all fees) using a trade-in for our truck.(Quote attached to file copy of these minutes) The current truck was purchased in 2008 for $27,250.00.  Boyer estimates $15,00 for a trade-in price.  Clerk Levings said the township has the money due to a State Aid contribution.  Supervisor agreed that time is of the essence because we will need a working plow truck for the winter snow season

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to purchase a 2012 Ford pickup truck with mileage of 33,575 from Boyer Trucks for @$25,169.25.  Motion carried.

  1. New CTAS 8 accounting program will be available in October. Training for this program will be held in Duluth on October 6.  Once the clerk has the new CTAS disc, the township will purchase 2 new laptop computers- one for the clerk & one for the treasurer.  Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to do so.
  2. Purchase of a safe is postponed for a few month.
  3. The supervisor decided on October 18- 10am- as the date and time for a Special Town Meeting for the purpose of discussing and perhaps deciding whether or not to join the North Pine Area Hospital District. Clerk will do all of the postings and invite Ron Osladil, president of the Hospital District, to attend.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. MAT District 7 meeting report- (1) Dave Baker reported that MAT is lobbying against a Army Corps of Engineers rule that would put ALL waterways (ponds, small streams, etc.) under their jurisdiction. (2) MAT stressed the importance of always having the reason for any significant motions put into the meeting minutes.  (3) Federal gas tax revenues are declining due to not that much gas being used anymore.  This will be a problem for funding road projects.  Fran Levings reported (1) Only 17.5 of the MN population lives in townships.(2) Over 100 townships statewide have not filed the required-by-law State Auditor’s Report yet.  They are due March 1 of each year. (3)  All ballots for township elections must now be white, not green. (4)  Township employees must earn $5100/year in order to be required to pay into PERA- Public Employee Retirement Association.  It used to be $425 in one month.
  2. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to set the following wage scale for labor- Equipment Operator- $20/Hour, Labor- $20/hour and Mechanic- $25/hour.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Chair ____________________________   Date ________________