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MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING-JUNE 12, 2019

June 25th, 2019

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING-JUNE 12, 2019

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors Anthony J. Fornengo and Jason Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deloris Schirmer, Don Schirmer, Ron Mosser, Jason Chelberg, Don Eddy , Tom Gahler, Norm Dustin and Joni Dustin.  Absent were Treasurer Mandy Fornengo and Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello.

PUBLIC INPUT:  Norman Dustin requested that a culvert be installed on Hay Creek Drive north of Squib Creek Drive.  Chair Fornengo said the installation of a culvert at that place would be added to the 2019 Road Work order.

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

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of May 8, 2019.  Carried (3-0).

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report and the Cash Balance Statement as prepared by Treasurer Mandy Fornengo.

            FUND BALANCES:

                        Road & Bridge-                                               $15,614.71

                        Fire Protection-                                               $13,428.02

                        Cemetery/Landscaping-                                 $1,887.01

                        Fire Hall-                                                         $125.45

                        Driveways-                                                      $5,708.02

                        Savings-                                                           $1,163.67

                        CD-                                                                  $19,314.79

                        TOTAL-                                                            $58,241.13

            RECEIPTS- May- 2019

                        Lawrence Paron-         Land Use Permit                     $25.00

                        Northview Bank-         Interest-Checking                    $4.99

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

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

            CLAIMS:

#7044  NAPA-Sandstone                     Grader Supplies                       $396.35

#7045  Bruno Deep Rock                    Motor Fuel                              $784.22

#7046  Fran Levings                            Mileage-1 trip                         $30.60

#7047  AT & T                                     Internet/Telephone                 $96.91

#7048  ECE                                          Electricity-June- 2019             $54.00

#7049  Don Schirmer                          Planning Mtg. & Mileage        $140.80

#7050  Dave Baker                              Tri-Township Disposal and Planning Mtg. & Mileage                                                                                                                        $134.48

#7051  Robin Fornengo                       Reimburse-Landscaping Supplies       $141.14

#7052  MAT                                        Registration- Short Course- 2 attendees        $100.00

#7053  CyBert PC                                Laptop Repair                         $120.00

            GROSS PAY:    

AJ Fornengo                            $100.00                                   Robin Fornengo           $160.00

Dave Fornengo                        $250.00                                   Fran Levings                $510.00

Jason Fornengo                       $200.00                                   Tamara Miritello        $50.00

Julia Fornengo                         $150.00                                   Doug Wiita                  $962.50

Mandy Fornengo                     $120.00

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

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1. Hessler/Mishler family has reserved the town hall for July 6-7.
  2. Starowoitow Sisters have reserved the town hall for July 12-13.
  3. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to place the old Remington typewriter in the New Dosey Township section of the Pine County History Museum.  Carried (3-0).
  4. State demographics report puts the township population at 74 persons and 37 households.

ZONING REPORT:

  1.  Planning Commissioner Don Schirmer reported on the meeting with the Pine County Planning Commission regarding the proposed Countywide Zoning Ordinance. He said the New Dosey Ordinance would not change much with the County Ordinance, but the fee for a Land Use Permit would increase to $150 and the fee for a Variance would increase to $500.  Zoning Officer Levings will call a meeting of the New Dosey Planning Commission in July.  They will study the proposed County Ordinance and make a recommendation to the Town Board at the August meeting as to whether or not to adopt the county ordinance or to stay with our township ordinance.
  2. Levings reported that 2 Land Use Permits were approved- Larry Paron for a container and Jeff Lindgren to put additions on the dwelling on his property.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. SQUIB CREEK DRIVE TURN AROUND- Chair Fornengo said the Board has 2 options- (1) to adhere to MN Stature 160.05- “When any road or portion of a road has been used and kept in repair and worked for at least 6 years continuously as a public highway by a road authority, it shall be deemed dedicated to the public to the width of actual use and be and remain, until lawfully vacated, a public highway, whether it has ever been established as a public highway or not”.  OR (2) to work out a compromise.  Chair Fornengo has done some measuring and  is considering asking the Board to move the turn-around slightly to the west.  Deloris Schirmer stated again that she had never been asked to give up a portion of her property for this turn-around.  Chair Fornengo responded that it is unfair that her property was taken and that is why he is recommending a compromise turn-around of some sort that will mitigate her concerns.  Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to take Option 2 above to resolve this conflict.  Carried (3-0).
  • REQUEST TO EXTEND SQUIB CREEK DRIVE ½ MILE-Don Schirmer again requested that Squib Creek Drive be extended for ½ mile east and that a cul-de-sac be constructed at the end of it to serve as the turn-around.  Chair Fornengo said this portion of Squib Creek Drive  is NOT a town road because MN Statutes say that if a road has not been maintained for 25 years, it is “deemed abandoned” and, secondly, the township has never established a road on the portion past Dave Baker’s mailbox.  He further stated that since Jason Chelberg’s property is landlocked and he is entitled to access from the town board, he has 2 options- (1) He can work out an EASEMENT with neighboring property owners OR (2) he can petition for a CARTWAY.  The town board would then choose a place for the cartway, considering the best interests of the public.  The standards of the road would also be worked out- a walkway, a trail, a full-fledged road, a minimum-maintenance road?  Former Board member Dave Baker said the township has not established a road since 1918 and the main consideration has to be- what is in the best interest of the public? Ron Mosser told of a road created by a neighbor of his and certified by a judge to be a road.  Chair Fornengo responded that this road Mr. Mosser mentioned is a private road and has not been certified as a town road.  He also said there are 7 ways for a town board to establish a road and they are listed in the 2018 “Manual on Town Government”.  Clerk Levings said she has been in contact with an attorney from the Minnesota Association of Townships who explained again the 6-year rule for establishing a public roadway.  The attorney also said that blocking a public roadway is a misdemeanor.  Don Schirmer had pushed a load of gravel onto the turn-around.  Supervisor AJ Fornengo said the township needs the roadway unobstructed for the grader, garbage truck and emergency vehicles and he supported the compromise. Don Schirmer said he has spoken with Jack Regenold and Mr. Regenold said he would remove the gravel.  Levings inquired who was actually going to remove the gravel and Chair Fornengo said the township would remove it.
  •  ROAD WORK- 2019- Chair Fornengo will meet with Ed Proffit and Rydberg Inc. to direct them as to what roads they have been assigned to work on this year.
  • SELL PARCEL TO JASON CANESI- MAT attorney said the town may sell property directly without putting out bid requests.  Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to proceed with the sale.  Carried (3-0).  Chair Fornengo will bring a proposal to the July Board meeting.
  • HIRE LAWN MOWER OPERATOR(S)-Tamara Miritello notified the Board that her riding lawnmower is broken down and she will not be available to mow lawns this year.  Clerk Levings learned that 14 years is the minimum age for township employees.  Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to hire Julia Fornengo and Adam Fornengo to be the lawn mower operators for this year.  Carried (3-0).
  • NPAHD REPORT- Representative to the Hospital District Board Fran Levings reported that the Board hosted a speaker on Depression among Senior Citizens in May.  She distributed a handout questionnaire on depression.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1.  CAT GRADER FOLLOW-UP- Chair Fornengo has been researching options in the event the township grader no longer works.  He presented a lease proposal from Zieglar Cat to be filed.
  2. BOARD OF REVIEW TRANSFER AGREEMENT-The Board is considering turning the annual Board of Review meeting over to Pine County.  Many other townships are also doing this.  Final decision on the Transfer Agreement will be made at the July meeting.
  3. PINE COUNTY BOARD/TOWNSHIP OFFICERS MEETING- Clerk Levings attended this meeting which was held at the new government building in Sandstone.  She said this building is “state of the art”.  The main topic presented was on the Foster Care Program in Pine County.  There are 15 foster care providers who are relatives of the children and 20 traditional foster care families.  As of May 20 of this year- there have been 76 placements- 45 under the Child Welfare Act and 38 under Tribal Placement.

Meeting adjourned at 9:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk                  Also signed by the Chair________________ Date _____________

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING-MAY 8, 2

May 27th, 2019

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING-MAY 8, 2

Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors Anthony J. Fornengo and Jason Fornengo, Treasurer Mandy Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello, Ronnie Mosser, Don Schirmer, Jerry Kujawa, Deloris Schirmer and Richard Nelson. 

PUBLIC INPUT:

  1.  Mr. Kujawa and Mr. Nelson inquired about road work on Doyle Lane.  Chair Fornengo said that Doyle Lane was one of the roads prioritized for work this summer.
  2. Mr. Schirmer said he knew the Turn-Around on Squib Creek Drive was established to for school buses, but that his mother had never given permission for this.  She claims it is on her property.  She has maintained for years that she does not want this Turn-Around there.  She and her son propose that Squib Creek Drive be extended East for one-half mile and a cul-de-sac be put at the end of it. Chair Fornengo said this issue would be discussed further under New Business.

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

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Board of Review meeting of April 8, 2019.  Carried (3-0).

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Board meeting of April 10, 2019.  Carried (3-0).

Treasurer Mandy Fornengo presented the Treasurer’s Report and the Cash Control Statement. 

            FUND BALANCES:

            General-                                                          $3,857.7

            Road & Bridge-                                               $16,297.67

            Cemetery/Landscaping-                                 $1,887.02

            Fire Protection-                                               $13,428.02

            Fire Hall-                                                         $125.45

            Driveways-                                                      $5,708.03

            Savings-                                                           $1,163.96

            CD-                                                                  $19,314.79

            TOTAL-                                                            $61,782.64

            RECEIPTS- APRIL

            Jason Canesi                           Land Use Permit                                 $25.00

            Arna Township                        Reimburse-Snow Removal                 $800.00

            Old School Arts Center           Reimburse-Ink & Copy Paper             $60.00

            Pine County                             Gas Tax Distribution                            $9,781.67

            State of MN                             Refund-Unemployment Fee               $250.00

            Northview Bank                      Interest-Checking                                $5.11

            Northview Bank                      Interest-Savings                                  $.29

            Northview Bank                      Interest-CD                                          $59.35

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

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

            CLAIMS:          

#7038              ECE                              Electric Bill-May 2019                         $54.00

#7039              MATIT                         Insurance                                            $1,844.00

#7040              Pine County Courier   Public Notice                                       $105.12

#7041              Askov American          Public Notice                                       $97.20

#7042              Evergreen Shopper     Public Notice                                       $136.50

#7043              AT & T                         Telephone/Internet                             $96.91

            GROSS PAY:

Anthony J. Fornengo               $215.00                       Mandy Fornengo         $120.00

David Fornengo                       $265.00                       Fran Levings                $415.00

Jason Fornengo                       $215.00                       Tamara Miritello        $110.00

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

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1.  Thank-you letter received from the Old School Arts Center for the $250 donation.
  2. Some metal items on the town grounds that need to be removed.  AJ Fornengo said he will take care of it.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1.  The Supervisors signed off on the 2019 Road Work order that prioritized Creekview Lane, Little Ox Creek Road and Doyle Lane for work this this year.
  2. Road work proposals were received from Ed Proffit, Roberts Excavating and Rydberg.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to hire Ed Proffit for pit-run work and Rydberg for Class 5 work.  They both submitted the most cost-effective proposals.
  3. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornango, to hire Tamara Miritello to be the lawnmower operator this year.  Carried (3-0).  She will be paid $25/hour and will receive $25/month for gas and $50/month for leasing her mower to the township.
  • The Board was notified by Greg Beck that the .58 acres of land that the township purchased was purchased from a private individual, not Pine County.  Therefore, the town can sell the property. Clerk Levings will research the procedure on this.
  • NPAHD Report- Levings reported that the Hospital District is in negotiations to underwrite a mental health therapist at the Gateway Clinic in Sandstone.  The District also hosted an event at the All-Time Fitness Center in Sandstone on May 4.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. By consensus, the Board set the 2020 Levy Distribution at the following levels- General Fund (24%), Road & Bridge Fund (66%), Fire Protection Fund (6%) and Cemetery/Landscaping Fund (4%).
  2. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to have cemetery fencing done by township employees.  Carried (3-0). 
  3. Continued discussion of Squib Creek Drive- Don and Deloris Schirmer again requested that Squib Creek Drive be extended to the East for one-half mile and that a cul-de-sac be placed at the end of it.  Mr. Schirmer also said that the property owner down from Squib Creek Drive is entitled to access.  Chair Fornengo said the Board would research Squib Creek Drive, do some measuring, determine where it ends and further discuss the issue at the June meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings,Clerk

Also signed by the Chair _________________________   Date _______________

MINUTES-NEW DOSEY TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING-APRIL 10, 2019

April 18th, 2019

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors Jason Fornengo, Anthony John Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello,  and Edward Proffit.  Mandy Fornengo, Treasurer, was absent.

Public Input-Ed Proffit said he was available to haul gravel this year and he presented a written bid to the Board.  Chair Dave Fornengo said he would get back to Ed after the annual road review.

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

Motion by Anthony J. Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Board of Re-Organization meeting of March 28, 2019.  Carried. (3-0).

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Anthony J. Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 13, 2019.  Carried. (3-0).

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report and the Cash Control Statement as prepared by Treasurer Mandy Fornengo.

            FUND BALANCES:

                        General-                                                          $6,719.38

                        Road & Bridge-                                               $6,328.60

                        Cemetery/Landscaping-                                 $1,887.01

                        Fire Protection-                                               $13,428.02

                        Fire Hall-                                                         $125.45

                        Driveways-                                                      $6,501.26

                        Savings Account-                                             $1,163.67

                        CD-                                                                  $19,255.44

                        TOTAL-                                                            $55,408.83

            RECEIPTS- MARCH 2019

                        Pete & Tia Miller        Plowing Private Drive             $120.00

                        Micheal Schuller         Plowing Private Drive             $120.00

                        Northview Bank          Interest-Savings                      $.29

                        Northview Bank          Interest-Checking                    $4.86

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the Treasurer’s Report and the Cash Control Statement.  Carried (3-0).

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

            CLAIMS:

#7023  Tamara Miritello                    Mileage- 1 trip                                    $56.10

#7024  Coveau Excavating                  Plowing-Matt Lourey Trail N.             $300.00

#7025 Arlen Krantz Ford                    Plow Truck Repair                               $297.49

#7026  Pine County                             Election Expenses                               $142.38

#7027  Evergreen Shopper                 Public Notice (2)                                 $79.51

#7028  Pine County Courier               Public Notice- (1)                                $22.40

#7029  Askov American                      Public Notice- (1)                                $20.25

#7030  Dave Baker                              Disposal District Meeting                   $50.00

#7031  Beverly Carlin                         Election Judge/Moderator                  $80.00

#7032  ECE                                          Electricity-April 2019                          $59.00

#7033  Frank Rehberger                     Reimburse-Motor Oil                         $15.99

#7034  AT&T                                       Telephone/Internet-April 2019          $97.03

#7035  Fran Levings                            Mileage-3 trips                                   $147.90

#7036  Office Depot                            Office Supplies                                    $18.00

#7037  U.S.Treasury                            1st Qtr. Payroll Taxes                           $1,189.58

GROSS PAY:

            Anthony J. Fornengo-              $300.00                       Fran Levings-               $795.00

            Dave Fornengo-                       $375.00                       Tamara Miritello-       $210.00

            Jason Fornengo-                      $200.00                       Frank Rehberger-        $200.00

            Mandy Fornengo-                   $120.00

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

CLERK’S REPORT:

  1.  Thank-you cards received from Seven County Senior Federation, Family Pathways and Pine County History Museum for the $250 donation.
  2. Date to Remember- September 7-Township Legal Seminar- Rutledge Town Hall.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Supervisors discussed the request from a property owner to purchase the land next to him that is owned by the township. Chair Fornengo researched the issue and reported that the township can legally sell this property.  This property was given to the township from Pine County with the understanding that it would be used to benefit the town.  The plan then was to construct a building on it for the purpose of storage.  Since this never happened, motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to learn the process and put the land for sale.  Carried (3-0).  Clerk will contact an attorney at MAT for advice on the procedure.
  2. NPAHD Report- Representative to the District Board Levings distributed a flier about the hospital district.  She also reported that the District Board recently approved a motion to provide funding of $350,000 towards the construction of an ambulance garage, sleeping quarters for firefighters/EMTs, maintenance building and administrative offices to be built on the hospital campus.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. May 6 was set as the date for the annual Road Review. No decision  will be made during this review. Suggestions for necessary road repair and work will be listed and voted on at the Board meeting on May 8.
  2. Chair Fornengo is developing a “Contract for Services” between the township and the prospective 2019 road contractor(s). He will draft an ad with a bidding process to be placed in the 3 newspapers, the website, the bulletin board and the outdoors notice board.
  3. Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Anthony J. Fornengo, to hire Doug Wiita as the grader operator for the summer at a rate of $25/hour.  Carried (3-0).
  4. A lawn mower operator will be hired in May.  Don Eddy has expressed his interest in no longer doing this job if the township can find a replacement.  Tamara Miritello has expressed an interest in the position.
  5. Deputy Clerk Miritello inquired about the possibility of purchasing bulk oil for our equipment.  Chair Fornengo responded we do not use enough that it would be financially worthwhile. 
  6. Pine County Township Officers Meeting- Clerk Levings reported that the following  comments were included in speeches at the meeting- (1) State Senator Jason Rarick said he continues to work and broadband accessibility and he is willing to compromise on the gas tax increase.  (2)Pine County Commissioner Steve Hallan said that the Republican governor and legislature of Alabama recently passed a gas tax increase.  (3)Pine County Chair Josh Mohr said that 40% of all roads in MN are township roads. (4) Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson said that meth and alcohol are the main sources of crime in the county.  We do not have an opiod crisis. (5)The new Pine County Assessor, Lorri Houtsma, introduced herself and reminded the group of the Boards of Review coming in April. (6) Kelly Schroeder, Pine County Auditor, said that the 2 special elections cost the county $20,000.  (7) Katie Draper, Governmental Relations Director for the Mille Lacs Band, outlined several of their activities. (8) Ben Weiner spoke for the Pine County VA office. 
  7. MAT Short Course- Attended by Clerk Levings and Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello.  (1) The legislative priorities for 2019 include advocating for a $20 million increase in transportation spending.  MAT  is neutral on the gas tax increase.  MAT is supporting funding in the amount of $70/per biennium for Broadband funding.  This would help fund the Border-to-Border Grant Program.  Increasing funding for the Town Aid program is also a priority.  (2) Township Officers were strongly encouraged to send emails in support of good legislation for townships to our elected officials.  (3) A break-out session on Good Meeting Minutes encouraged Clerks to be sure to give the reason for motions that may be questioned and to put the vote count in the minutes.  It is not necessary to write what everyone said and it is recommended to not use Robert’s Rules of Order as they are so complicated and stringent.  (4) Other sessions dealt with the bidding process, financial fundamentals, and an update of the CTAS Chart of Accounts.
  8. The township culvert policy was reviewed.  Chair Fornengo has gotten a request for a culvert to be installed on the Kingsdale Road.  He will find out whether or not the property already has a culvert or not.  Consensus was to not change the culvert policy.

ANYTHING ELSE TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD?

  1.  Supervisor Jason Fornengo reported on a complaint he had gotten regarding the condition of Loggers Lane.  He told the person that the road review will provide an opportunity to examine the road.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk           Also signed by the Chair ___________________ Date _________