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New solar panels at New Dosey Township Town Hall added October 2011

Little Library for Cloverton
Weekenders Carole and Ron Hessler built this adorable Little Library for Cloverton. People can leave a book, then take a book to read.



January 20th, 2020


Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors AJ Fornengo and Jason Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello, Dave Baker, Wayne Hessler, Don Schirmer and Ron Mosser.


  • Ron Mosser reported that Denny Schlumka is not doing septic inspections anymore.
  • Don Schirmer requested again a copy of the Resolution regarding compensation for missed meetings by Board members.  Clerk Levings responded that this issue will be on the agenda for the February meeting.

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Agenda.  Carried (3-0).

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the December 11, 2019, meeting.  Carried (3-0).


                        Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to transfer $3000 from the Fire Protection Fund to the Cemetery/Landscaping Fund.  Carried (3-0).


                                                General-                                                                      $9,692.04

                                                Road & Bridge-                                                           $23,484.23

                                                Cemetery/Landscaping-                                             $169.91

                                                Fire Protection-                                                           $15,608.32

                                                Fire Hall-                                                                     $125.45

                                                Driveways-                                                                  $6,942.04

                                                Savings Account-                                                         $1,164.25

                                                CD-                                                                              $19,436.02

                                                Cartway- B. Johnson                                                    $1,298.04

TOTAL FUNDS                                                             $77,920.90

            RECEIPTS- DECEMBER-2019

            C&T Contracting                     Reimburse-Class 5 Gravel                   $4,100.00

            Pine County Treasurer            2nd ½ Property Taxes                          $12,664.28

            Clinton Elliott                          Snowplowing                                       $120.00

            Dan Raboin                             Snowplowing                                       $140.00

            Burt Schueller                         Snowplowing                                       $120.00

            Roberts Excavating                 Septic Work                                         $100.00

            ACH Deposit                            State Aid                                              $7,142.15

TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                                                 $24,386.63B

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried (3-0).



# 7147             DVS                                          Registration Renewal              $19.25

#7148              Robert Springer-CPA               Accounting                              $260.00

#7149              AT&T                                       Telephone/Internet                 $97.40

#7150              Northstar Media                     Election Notices                      $69.06

#7151              Pine County Auditor                Truth in Taxation Fee              $88.72

#7152              Pine Cty. Township Assn         Dues (Includes MAT)               $337.73

#7153              StraightLine Surveying            Cartway Survey                       $1,300.00

#7154              U.S. Treasury                           4th Qtr. Payroll Taxes              $842.65


                                    AJ Fornengo-               $350.00           Fran Levings-               $465.00

                                    Dave Fornengo-           $125.00           Tamara Miritello-       $100.00

                                    Jason Fornengo-          $437.50           Frank Rehberger         $525.00


  1.  Elections-(1) Presidential Election Primary-March 3- ND voters will get ballots around Jan. 177.  All expenses will be reimbursed by Pine County.  (2) Township Election is March 10- Dave Baker has filed for Supervisor (3-year term) and Tamara Miritello has filed for Clerk (2-year term).  (3) Clerk explained that she decided 2 years ago that she would not seek an 8th term as Clerk and wanted to quell the rumor that she has been “forced out”.
  2. Reminder-Board of Audit Meeting ½ hour prior to the regular meeting on Feb. 12. J
  3. Local township officers and Pine County Board will meet on Jan. 28 at the government building in Sandstone at 6 pm.
  4. Contact the Clerk if interested in being a census taker.
  5. Tammy Miritello has reserved the town hall for Feb. 29.
  6. No NPAHD report this month because that Board did not meet in December.


  1. Zoning Officer Levings responded to charges made against her performance by Don Schirmer at the December meeting- (1) New Dosey has required permits since 2000 when a Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Board. (2) She has indeed read the proposed Pine County Zoning Ordinance in its entirety and thinks it is an excellent document.  She apologized for not recognizing that Board Member AJ Fornengo should not have voted at the Planning Commission meeting to discuss the County Ordinance. She further stated that had not Mr. Schirmer created such tension with his anger at the meeting, perhaps the outcome would have been different.  (3) She has indeed read the ND Land use Ordinance and (4) since her resignation as Zoning Administrator in December was oral and not formally accepted by the Board, she will submit a written resignation at the February meeting effective March 31, 2020.
  2. Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve a Resolution to Defer to Pine County the Administration and Enforcement of New Dosey Township Septic.  Carried (3-0).


  1.  ASSESSING UPDATE– Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to sign a petition requesting the Pine County Board to hold another public meeting  to discuss the future of township assessors.  Carried (3-0).
  2. CARTWAY-B.JOHNSON– Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to change the date of the next Cartway Hearing from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31.  Carried (3-0).  Chair Fornengo will look at the Cartway budget and assess a further bond payment. 


  1.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to accept the resignation of Mandy Fornengo, Treasurer.  Carried (3-0).  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to appoint Wayne Hessler as Township Treasurer.  He will serve until the March 2021 election. 
  2. SQUIB CREEK ROAD CONDITIONS OF SNOW & WATER.  Jason Fornengo suggested that grading will take down some of the ridges.  AJ Fornengo said he has worked with a shovel to try to level the road. 
  3. 2020 TOWNSHIP CALENDAR- Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the 2020 Township calendar. Carried (3-0).  Clerk Levings pointed out that the November 2020 meeting is scheduled for November 12 because November 11 is on Veterans Day and not government meetings can be held on a federal holiday.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk                  Also signed by the Chair _________________  Date ______


January 6th, 2020


Due to a lack of quorum, the regularly scheduled meeting of the New Dosey Town Board has been postponed to January 14 at 7:30pm at the Cloverton Town Hall.

Fran Levings,


December 18th, 2019


Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors Jason Fornengo and Anthony John Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tammy Miritello, Don Schirmer and Ron Mosser.  Absent was Treasurer Mandy Fornengo.


                        Don Schirmer said he had spoken with the State Auditor and had learned the following- (1) A Resolution is needed for the policy of compensating all Board members for any meetings that they do not attend. (2) Since AJ Fornengo serves on both the town board and the planning commission, he can attend Planning meetings, but cannot vote at those meetings.  (3) The North Pine Area Hospital District Representative, when presenting a report on the District, cannot offer an opinion on any of the activities reported on.

                        Ron Moser inquired if the pay received by the plow truck driver is taken from both the Driveways and the Road & Bridge account.  Chair Fornengo replied that 75% of his pay is taken from the Driveways Fund and 25% from the Road & Bridge Fund.

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the Agenda.  Carried (3-0).

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the November 13, 2019 Board meeting.  Carried (3-0).


            Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report.

            FUND BALANCES:

                        General                                               $5,789.92

                        Road & Bridge                                     $11,161.80

                        Cemetery/Landscaping                       ($187.20)

                        Fire Protection                                    $13,137.75

                        Fire Hall                                               $125.45

                        Driveways                                           $7,355.45

                        Savings                                                $1,165.12

                        Cartway-B.Johnson                             $1,398.04

                        CD                                                       $19,436.02

                        TOTAL FUNDS                                     $59,382.35

            RECEIPTS- NOVEMBER, 2019

#112669          Dave & Fran Baker                  Snowplowing               $120.00

#112672          Jason & Aimee DuFrese          Snowplowing               $120.00

#112656          Jan Streiff                                Snowplowing               $120.00

#112657          Robin Kemp                             Snowplowing               $120.00

#112658          Tania Starowoitow                  Snowplowing               $120.00

#112659          Samantha Gardner                 Snowplowing               $120.00

#112660          Dave Warchol                         Snowplowing               $120.00

#112661          Craig Javes                              Snowplowing               $120.00

#112662          Agnes Sexton                           Snowplowing               $120.00

#112663          Tammy Miritello                     Snowplowing               $120.00

#112664          John Goodrich                         Snowplowing               $120.00

#112665          Diana Stellmach                      Snowplowing               $120.00

#112666          Carol Seeley                            Snowplowing               $120.00

#112671          Don Eddy                                 Snowplowing               $120.00

#112673          Ken & Peggy Coveau               Snowplowing               $120.00

#112668          Dave & Mandy Fornengo        Snowplowing               $120.00

#112670          John & Robin Fornengo          Snowplowing               $120.00

TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                                                 $2040.00

            Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried (3-0).


            Clerk Fran Levings presented the Claims List and the Net Payroll List for approval.


            #7129              Mandy Fornengo        Replace Nov. Check                            $138.52

            #7130              Dave Baker                  Disposal District Meeting                   $50.00

            #7131              Fran Levings                Septic Meeting                                    $20.00

            #7132              Dave Fornengo            Septic Meeting                                    $20.00

            #7133              Jason Fornengo           Lost Check, Gas for Truck                   $208.10

            #7134              MATIT                         Workers Compensation Insurance     $788.00

            #7135              Don Eddy                     Cartway Refund                                  $400.00

            #7136              C&T Contracting         Road Work                                          $1,000.00

            #7137              MPJ Enterprises          Beaver Control                                    $505.00

            #7138              North Star Media        Public Notices                                     $140.88

            #7139              Town of Wilma           Heller Road Work                                $168.75

            #7140              AT&T                           Telephone/Internet                             $97.40

            #7141              Couri & Ruppi Law      Cartway Work                                     $100.00

            #7142              Pine Septic Design      Septic Inspection                                 $100.00

            #7143              Ben Franklin Store       Community Event                               $24.32

            #7144              Sandstone ACE            Community Event                               $12.86

            #7145              Chris’ Food Center      Community Event                               $49.42

            TOTAL CLAIMS                                                                                               $3,823.25


            AJ Fornengo                $100.00                       Fran Levings                $520.00

            Dave Fornengo            $180.00                       Tamara Miritello        $40.00

            Jason Fornengo           $775.00                       Frank Rehberger         $325.00

            Robin Fornengo           $80.00                         Doug Wiita                  $50.00

            Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to pay these bills.  Carried (3-0).


  1.  Township Election March 19, 2019. 

Supervisor (3-year term)

Clerk (2-year term)

File between 8 am on Dec. 31, 2019 and 5 pm on January 14, 2020.

Notices have been sent to newspapers.

  •  Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020. All judges (even those with Mail-in Voting) must attend a one-hour training.
  • Board of Audit ½ hour prior to February Board Meeting.


                                    Chair Fornengo said he had spoken with an attorney from the Minnesota Association of Townships who informed him that if an Interim Zoning Administrator has served for 12 years, she is automatically the permanent Zoning Administrator.  Planning Commissioner Don Schirmer lodged the following complaints against the Zoning Administrator- She told a weekender that the township has required Land Use Permits since 2006, when in fact, we have required them since 2007.  She has never read the proposed Pine County Zoning Ordinance and she has no idea what is in the New Dosey Land Use Ordinance.  Fran Levings then resigned as Zoning Administrator for New Dosey Township.   


  1.  Supervisors signed off on the 2019 Road Work Order.
  2. The Road Certification Report required annually by the Pine County Land Department has been submitted.  Supervisors examined the copy of it.  This report is used to determine gas tax allocations each year.  Ron Mosser again questioned why township roads are recorded with Pine County and some are not. Chair Fornengo responded that it is not unusual for townships to have roads that have not been recorded- the process at the county level began changing in the 1940s and has been very confusing for a long time.  It is the Road Certification list that provides the official record of township roads that are maintained.   In response to a question from Don Schirmer regarding the culvert request made by Norman Dustin, he said that request has been carried over to 2020. 
  3. Assessing Update-Clerk Levings reported that Township Assessor Bob Brewster had told her that Pine County must decide by January 1, 2020, whether or not to begin doing all assessing in 2020.  Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to sign a 2-year contract with Mr. Brewster.  Carried (3-0). 


  1.  No action was taken on whether or not to turn the township Septic administration over to Pine County.  Some Septic meetings are planned and a decision will be made at a later date.


  1.  Chair Fornengo reported that the plow truck has been serviced.
  2. Don Schirmer requested authorization to attend the MAT Short Course in March.  Request will be on the Agenda for January meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Chair ______________________  Date ________________