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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.


Archive for the ‘Special Meeting’ Category


Thursday, March 5th, 2015


Meeting called to order at 10am by Clerk Fran Levings.  Also present were Town  Chair Dave Fornengo,Supervisors Dave Baker and Jason Fornengo, Planning Commissioners Ed Carlin and Anthony John Fornengo, Diana Stellmach, Don Mishler, Beverly Carlin, Marlene Mishler, Mike S.

Clerk explained how the public was notified-  Legal notice in Pine Courier, postings on bulletin board and notice board, website,  and calls were made. She introduced the members of the Town Board and the Planning Commission. She said that a copy of the entire proposed Ordinance can be read on the township website and copies can be obtained from the township by calling her at 320-242-3933.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Dave Fornengo, to appoint Beverly Carlin to be the meeting moderator.  Carried.

Zoning Administrator Fran Levings and Chair Dave Fornengo explained the background of the purpose of the SubSurface Sewage Ordinance.  The township must have an ordinance in place by February 28th of this year.  The Planning Commissioner recommended to the Board that we adapt the Pine County SSTS Ordinance as a model for our ordinance.  Pine County Zoning Administrator Kelly Schroeder attended the October meeting of the Town Board to field any questions and concerns.

Questions and comments from the public-  Dave Fornengo said the Board thought it was important for the township to have a “footprint” in the procedure and we should maintain local control over our tax dollars.  Ed Carlin asked what the rules now would be for outhouses. Dave Fornengo replied that all existing outhouses are “grandfathered in” as they are and any new construction of outhouses would need a permit from the SSTS Coordinator. Beverly Carlin asked if any current sewage systems would be inspected by the county or township.  Dave Baker responded “No” except at the point of a  sale, an inspection would be triggered. Discussion of the need to have 3-year pumping of all systems.  Dave Fornengo said he saw no need for this because we do not have a section on lots that are heavily inhabited. A general discussion of mound systems ensued. AJ Fornengo recommended that residents do not flush sanitary wipes down the toilet. Dave Baker inquired as to what would cause a public health threat.  The holding tank requirements on page 9 of the proposed Ordinance were discussed. Diana Stellmach asked if she would need to let the Township know each time she had her system pumped and was told “No”. Other parts of the proposed Ordinance that were discussed were Required Contents of a Management Plan  on page 16, Compliance Inspections on page 18 and Transfer of Properties on page 19

Motion by Dave Baker, second by AJ Fornengo, to adjourn.  Carried.  Meeting adjourned at 10:45 am.

Respectfully submitted,                                                  Fran Levings  Clerk

Also signed by the moderator  __________________________________

NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP PUBLIC HEARING – Sewer Ordinace, February 7, 2015

Sunday, January 11th, 2015


A public hearing will be held on February 7, 2015, at 10am for the purpose of taking comments and questions on the proposed Sub-surface Sewage Ordinance. Any resident or property owner who wishes to present ideas and amendments to the Ordinance is encouraged to attend. A copy of the proposed Ordinance can be seen on the Township website – Persons may also obtain a copy of the Ordinance from the town clerk – Fran Levings at (320) 242-3933.

Mandy Fornengo,
Deputy Clerk


Wednesday, October 22nd, 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 _______________________