MINUTES- NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING- OCTOBER 15, 2014

November 13th, 2014

MINUTES- NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING- OCTOBER 15, 2014

Meeting called to order at 7:23pm by Chair Dave Fornengo. Also present were Supervisors Jason Fornengo and Dave Baker, Clerk Fran Levings, and Deputy Clerk Mandy Fornengo.  Absent was Treasurer Margaret Coveau.

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

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of September 10, 2014.  Carried.

Clerk Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report as prepared by Treasurer Margaret Coveau.(Attached to file copy of these minutes). She said she deducted the cost of the new snowplow truck from the Road & Bridge Fund because the Driveways Fund would not have had enough funds to cover this expense.  She also reported that the township has two more payments coming in this year- a 2nd State Aid check and the 2nd portion of the Property Taxes. FUND BALANCES ARE: General Fund- $10023.25, Road & Bridge Fund- $25794.82, Cemetery/Landscaping Fund- $605.46, Fire Protection Fund-$8064.51, Fire Hall Fund-$125.45, Savings Account-$1158.45, Driveways- $4138.55 and CDs- $44696.71.

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, 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 Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to pay these bills. Carried.

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1. Announcement- Pine County Township Officers Meeting- Oct. 25- 9am- Hinckley.
  2. Distributed a copy of the Annual Report of the Tri-Township Disposal District.
  3. Reminder- New Dosey Township Town Meeting- Oct. 18- 10am- for the purpose of discussing and perhaps deciding whether or not to join the North Pine Area Hospital District.
  4. CTAS 8 training was excellent- Both the Clerk and the Treasurer attened.

ZONING REPORT:

  1. Interim Zoning Administrator read a Recommendation to the Board from the Planning Commission asking the Board to adopt a Subsurface Sewage Treatment Ordinance similar to that of Pine County. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to do so.  Supervisors felt that it was important to follow the wishes of the Planning Commission.  The Commissioners stated that they had read the Pine County Ordinance and were pleased with Kelly Schroeder’s (Pine County Zoning Administrator) responses to all questions and concerns at the September 10 meeting. Supervisors were advised to read the Ordinance and present any concerns at the November meeting.  The procedure then is to rescind the township’s current ordinance,  print copies of the new  Ordinance, hold a public hearing, publish the Ordinance, then record it with Pine County.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Road Updates- (1) Dave Baker reported that road work on Red Maple Lane should be completed this week.  No culvert was installed and Red Maple Lane is not on the list this year for roadside brushing. (2) Chair Fornengo reported that he examined the culvert on Creek View Lane and it looks OK.  He will continue to check on it.  (3) Supervisors agreed to contact a Beaver Control Trapper next spring.  (4) Dave Baker reported on logging that Deloris Schirmer was having done.
  2. Truck Replacement- Dave and Jason Fornengo will pick up a used V-Pickup from Boyer Ford Company in Minneapolis. The price is $20,000.25. ( Invoice attached to file copy of these minutes).  Voters at the March Annual Township meeting authorized this purchase.  A smaller truck will better serve the needs of our small township.  We have smaller, narrow roads. The larger truck that we had been using proved to be inefficient in time, money and overhead.  This smaller truck will be versatile and , due to ease of operation, will increase our pool of operators.
  3. Computer Purchase- With a new City Township Accounting System coming from the State Auditor’s Office in December, it is necessary for the township to purchase new laptops for both the Clerk and Treasurer. These laptops are required to have Window 7 capability.  We can purchase them and a printer from Cybert PC in Askov for @$1500.00.  Motion by Dave Baker, second by Jason Fornengo, to make this purchase.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Report on Township Legal Seminar sponsored by Ruppe & Couri Law Firm at Rutledge on September 27. Fran Levings reported (1) that the township should have a motion to schedule back-up snow truck operators.  Motion by Dave Baker, second by Jason Fornengo, to ask John Fornengo and Dave Fornengo, to be back-up snow truck operators.  (2) It is important to have some papers and documents under lock and key, i.e. cemetery records, personnel records.  Motion by Dave Baker, second by Jason Fornengo, to authorize an expenditure of @ $600 on this.  Carried. (3) Clerk should write the wage in all Resolutions for Conflict of Interest.  Conflict of Interest Resolutions should be passed for any Supervisor who ever does non-supervisor labor for the township. (4) All townships should have a Road Supervisor.  Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to appoint Dave Baker as the Township Road Supervisor, with Dave Fornengo as Deputy Road Supervisor.  Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Chair:_________________________     Date________________

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

This resolution will be in effect 40 days after the notice publication, unless a petition for referendum on the resolution is filed with the New Dosey Township within 40 days. A petition for a referendum must be singed by at least 5 percent of the number of voters voting at the last election of officers. If a petition is filed, the resolution does not take place until approved by a majority of voters voting at a regular municipal election or a special election which the governing body may call for that purpose.