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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.



August 27th, 2019


Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM by Chair Dave Fornengo. Also present were Supervisor AJ Fornengo, Supervisor Jason Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello, Treasurer Mandy Fornengo, Dave Baker, Deloris Schirmer, Don Schirmer, Beverly Carlin and Scott Wahlberg.

There was no Public Input.

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 July 10, 2019.  Carried (3-0)

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Cartway Hearing of August 7, 2019.  Carried (3-0)

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

FUND BALANCES: General Fund- $10,519.58

Road & Bridge – $28,194.86

Fire Protection- $16,583.30

Cemetery/Landscaping- $778.59

Fire Hall- $125.45

Driveways- $5,828.03

Savings- $1,163.96

CD- $19,374.98

TOTAL FUNDS $84,568.75

RECEIPTS – July 2019

Agnes Sexton Land Use Permit $25.00

Pine County Treasurer 2019 May RPS Settlement $26,036.77

Pine County Treasurer 2018 Forfeited Tax Distribution $2,647.71

State Of MN 1st half of Town Aid (ACH) $7,087.50

Don Eddy Cartway Bond $2,000.00

Deloris Shirmer Snowplowing 2019-2020 $120.00

Tim & Connie Gohla Land Use Permit $25.00

Tania Starowoitow Donation – Cemetery/Landscape$25.00

Northview Bank Interest on Checking $4.39

Northview Bank Interest on CD $60.19

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

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


#7065 Robin Fornengo Town Hall Supplies $6.00

#7066 NAPA- Sandstone Brake Fluid $26.99

#7067 Federated Co-op Safety Exam $36.85

#7068 Purple Pumper Septic Pumping $175.00

#7069 Duxbury Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Protection- 1yr. $4,500.00

#7070 Dave Baker Tri-Township Disposal Meeting $50.00

#7071 AT&T Telephone/Internet $97.40

#7072 East Central Energy Electric Bill July/August 2019 $112.00

#7073 Dave Fornengo Lease/gas & Cartway Hearing $200.00

#7074 Jason Fornengo Lease/gas & Cartway Hearing $175.00

#7075 Fran Levings Cartway Hearing $125.00

#7076 Tamara Miritello Cartway Hearing $50.00

#7077 Northstar Media Cartway Legal Notice $73.57

#7078 Don Eddy Cartway Bond Refund $1,526.43

#7079 U.S Postal Service Postage $55.00

#7080 Northview Bank Checks $164.90

#7081 Ace Hardware (Webster) Landscaping Supplies $40.07

#7082 Ed Proffit Road Work $2,280.00


#8026 Adam Fornengo $184.70 #8025 AJ Fornengo $92.35

#8024 Dave Fornengo $115.44 #8023 Jason Fornengo $92.35

#8022 Julia Fornengo $150.06 #8021 Mandy Fornengo $110.82

#8020 Robin Fornengo $36.84 #8019 Fran Levings $360.16

#8018 Tamara Miritello $46.17 #8017 Doug Wiita $935.04

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


1. Reminder Legal Seminar- Sept 7, 2019 Rutledge Town Hall- 9am-4pm.


Two Land Use applications approved- (1) Jeanie Virden- Container (2) Rick Johnson – Storage building.


  1. Resolution Reaffirming the Designation of Turn- Around on Squib Creek Road.   Chair Fornengo read this resolution aloud (Resolution will be filed at the town hall) Deloris Schirmer again said “ that this was her property” Chair Fornengo replied that he had been advised by the MAT attorney on this Resolution. The Resolution has an Appendix A which delineates the measurements of the original turnaround. Don Schirmer express a concern with the resolution.

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

  1. Purchase Agreement with Jason Canesi.  Chair Fornengo reported the Purchase Agreement has been established. Mr. Canesi will pay $500.00 for .58 acres of property which is currently owned by New Dosey Township. We are waiting for a closing date.
  2. Road Work – Ryberg. Co- Chair Fornengo has told Kip Ryberg that he wants a commitment by August 15th, 2019, as to when the road work will be begun. 
  1. A commitment to donate to the Sandstone Food Shelf is being worked out.
  2. Plans are under way to provide FREE transportation to residents who livid within the boundaries of the hospital district to Gateway Clinic, Essentia Hospital and Thrifty White Pharmacy. 
  3. The district is contributing funds towards a memory garden on the hospital campus.


  1. The township has been receiving reports of cattle doing damage to the headstones in the cemetery. AJ Fornengo reported that he examined the cemetery and noted that a fence would negatively effect a neighboring land owner. He suggested that a barbed wire fence might be a solution. 
  2. Road side brushing.  Chair Fornengo will lease a road side brusher from Diamond Inc. and Doug Witta will operate the brusher for the one week lease. 

Meeting Adjourned at 8:03pm

Respectfully submitted, 

Fran Levings, Clerk Also signed by the Chair____________________________Date______


July 31st, 2019


Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisor AJ Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello, Don Eddy, Dave Baker, Don Schirmer, Deloris Schirmer, Ron Mosser and Ed Proffit.   Absent were Supervisor Jason Fornengo and Treasurer Mandy Fornengo. 


                        Don Schirmer asked why the township does not record roads.  Chair Fornengo explained the various ways in which roads have been recorded in the past.  Mr. Schirmer also said that the June Minutes did reflect that his mother’s land should not be taken. Mr. Schirmer read sections of both the hearings of Red Maple Lane Cartway Hearing and Creekview Lane Hearing whereby the township became the road authority.   He then listed several reasons why he still thought that Squib Creek Drive should be extended for another one-half mile.  He said it would benefit the township. Chair Fornengo said that he would respond under Old business- #1.

Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the Agenda.  Carried.  (2-0)

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of June 12, 2019.  Carried (2-0).

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report as prepared by Treasurer Mandy Fornengo. 

                        FUND BALANCES:

                                    General Fund-                                                 $(630.80)

Road & Bridge –                                               $13,545.27

                                    Fire Protection-                                               $13,428.02

                                    Cemetery/Landscaping-                                $1,399.58

                                    Fire Hall-                                                         $125.45

                                    Driveways-                                                      $5,708.03

                                    Savings-                                                           $1,163.96

                                    CD-                                                                  $19,314.79

                                    TOTAL-                                                            $34,739.51     

                        Receipts – June- 2019

                                    Jeffery Lingren            Land Use Permit         $25.00

                                    MAT                             Refund due to Endorsement $68.00

                                    Jason & Stephanie Marsh       Land Use Permit         $25.00

                                    Northview Bank                      Interest-Checking        $4.41

                                    Northview Bank                      Interest-Savings          $0.29  

Motion by Dave Fornengo, Second by AJ Fornengo, to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Carried (2-0)

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


#7054 AT&T                Internet/Telephone                                         $96.91

#7055  Frances Levings                       Mileage – 1 Trip                      $56.10

#7056  Pine County Auditor                Assessing Fee 2019                 $807.00

#7057  Robin Fornengo                       Town Hall Supplies                  $12.87

#7058  Edward Proffit                         Road Work – Pit Run               $3,080.00

#7059  Town Of Wilma                       Heller Road work                    $112.50

#7060  David Fornengo                       Lease/gas – Lawn mowing      $150.00

#7061  Jason Fornengo                       Lease/gas –  Lawn mowing      $150.00

#7062  Tamara Miritello                    Mileage – 1 Trip                      $56.10

#7063  United States Treasury           2nd Qrt Payroll Taxes 2019      $924.50

#7064   Office Max                             Office Supplies                        $124.85

            GROSS PAY:

#8002 Adam Fornengo           $200.00           #8001  AJ Fornengo    $100.00

#8000  Dave Fornengo            $125.00           #7999  Jason Fornengo $100.00

#7998  Julia Fornengo             $112.50           #7997  Mandy Fornengo $120.00

#7996  Fran Levings                $465.00           #7995  Tamara Miritello  $160.00

#7665  Doug Wiita                  $725.00          

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to pay these bills. (Carried 2-0).


  1. Federated Co-op did their annual propane safety check on both the town hall and fire all.  All is in compliance.
  2. Old Remington typewriter was donated to the Pine County History Museum. New Dosey Township has a wonderful display. It’s a must see!  Room 102 – Admission $5.00


  1. Planner Commissioner Don Schirmer stated the draft Pine County Land Use Ordinance is still being worked on.


  1. Squib Creek Drive Turn-Around Compromise:  Dave Fornengo reported that he had done a lot of research. He had a lengthy conversation, with Steve Fenske, MAT Attorney. In 1976, the MN Supreme Court ruled all road orders must be recorded with the county recorder. Then the rule was changed to say the roads should be recorded with the Pine County Auditor. Regarding the Squib Creek extension, Chair Fornengo reiterated that the township does not have a legal obligation to extend this road. He explained that Red Maple Lane became a road, under “Dedication by Owner”.  Township road authority over Creekview Lane was established because the residents wanted better maintenance and access and also the township need access to its property at the end of Creekview Lane.  Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo to rescind the motion of the June 12th meeting which stated that the township would try to work out a compromise regarding the turn- around. Carried (2-0). Explaining his reason for rescinding the motion, Chair Fornengo again read verbatim the six year statute regarding the turn-around. Since the township has maintained this roadway for more than six years, it is deemed to be a public roadway. Deloris Schirmer said she bought her property and had it recorded in June, 1977.  She further stated that the township had violated the law without her permission.  Don Schirmer again proposed that the township put in a two rod road extending Squib Creek Drive.  Chair Fornengo quoted the 25- year rule and the Marketable Title Act, which state that if a road has not been maintained for 40 years, it is “deemed abandoned”.  Chair Fornengo said he needed further consultation with the MAT attorney.  The topic was tabled until the August regular meeting.
  2. Sell parcel to Jason Canesi: Chair Fornengo is still working on this.
  3. Board of Review Transfer Agreement:  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo, to sign this agreement, which states that beginning in 2020 the Board of Review will be conducted by Pine County. Carried (2-0).
  4. NPAHD REPORT: (1) The hospital district approved a grant for $28,000 to help finance a Mental Health Therapist at the Gateway Clinic in Sandstone. (2) Grants are now available for first responders. (3) Levings attended the MN Rural Health Conference. (4) 58 persons used the new infusion center at Essentia in May.


  1. Petition- Cartway- Don Eddy and Jason Chelberg:  Cartway Petition presented by Don Eddy and Jason Chelberg was approved and accepted.  A public hearing was set for August 7th, 2019 at 6PM.  Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to pass a Resolutio accepting a $2,000 bond payment.
  2. 2020 Assessment Contract:  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by AJ Fornengo to accept Bob Brewster’s assessing contract for 2020. Carried (2-0).
  3. MAT Short Course Report: Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello reported that she and Clerk Levings attended sessions on budget, insurance, the CTAS chart of accounts and were given a gravel road spreadsheet.

Anything else to come before the board? (1) Ron Mosser said the Matt Lourey Road was used by loggers who has caused damage. Chair Fornengo responded that the township has a policy of requesting reimbursement from the logging companies who do not leave township roads in the condition they were in before the logging was begun. In the past, the township has received compensation for road damage. (2) Ed Proffit inquired as to how much more pit run the township wants on Doyle Lane.

Meeting adjourn at 9PM

Respectfully submitted,  

Fran Levings, Clerk                 Also signed by the Chair_________________Date_____________


June 25th, 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.


#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).


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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 _____________