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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.


Archive for the ‘Special Meeting’ Category


Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Meeting called to order at 7pm by Clerk Fran Levings. Also present Dave Baker, Jason Fornengo, Dave Fornengo, Anthony J. Fornengo, Agnes Sexton, Don Mishler, Marlene Mishler, Karen Murphy, Jerry Woelfel, Alan Woelfel, Danial Lokken, Paul Fornengo, Cheryl Fornengo, Joe McCarthy and Becky McCarthy.

Clerk Levings welcomed the group and thanked them for driving so far on a cold, rainy and windy night. She said that the public was notified of this meeting by a legal notice in the Pine County Courier, a legal notice on the township website, announcements on both the bulletin board and the notice board. All affected property owners were sent a letter of notification and local residents were notified via a phone call. She reminded the group that the only topic under discussion for tonight’s Special Meeting was to ask the voters to decide whether or not to authorize the town board to re-assert its authority over the unnamed road near the Wisconsin border that runs @ 1/4mile north of Pine County Highway 32. She asked each speaker to give his/her name before speaking. She asked that “Approve the Agenda” be added to the Agenda list. She told the group to feel free to help themselves to coffee and cookies.

Dave Fornengo introduced himself as Chair of the town board. Dave Baker and Jason Fornengo introduced themselves as Town Supervisors.

Dave Fornengo made a motion to appoint John Fornengo as moderator of the meeting. Motion seconded by Agnes Sexton. Carried.

Motion by Agnes Sexton, second by Dan Lokken, to approve the agenda. Carried.

Dave Baker explained the background of this road and the position of the town board on this issue. The road was established by road order in 1916. An east-west road had been vacated. The road was established as a 4-rod road. Mr. Baker reported on a conversation he had with an attorney with the Minnesota Association of Townships. This road is the sole means of legal access for a property owner. It looks like a road and has been used as a road. Another indication that it is a road is a survey marker in the middle. Records were lost when the township went out of business and the township has no record of having worked the road for at least 25 years. In order for the town board to spend money on this road, a vote or motion of the electors present at a Special Meeting must be taken. The Special Town Meeting of Sept. 10, 2013 indicated that the affected property owners would work out an easement. Since the town board has seen not movement on an easement process. The MAT attorney said it would be a good idea to set a date by which has easement agreement has been reached. Mr. Baker suggested July 15 as a possible deadline.

The meeting was opened for comments and questions.

Dan Lokken asked if there was a benefit to spending township money on this road?

Clerk Levings responded that the benefit is fulfilling our obligation to provide access to a landlocked property owner.

Agnes Sexton said that no property owner should ever be left landlocked.

Joe McCarthy said he and his brother Jim have tried to work out an easement.

Clerk Levings asked how many meetings were held to try to work out an easement.

Alan Woelfel said that he, the Stadfers and Mr. Caulfield had gotten no response the McCarthys. He said the McCarthys, on their own, did work on the road without asking any other property owners. They also said that a logging company has used this road.

Dave Fornengo said that the logging company had probably gotten permission from the township.

Karen Murphy said that when they moved here 15 years ago, there were trees in the road. She asked why the township gave permission to an employee to work on the road.

Dave Baker responded that the McCarthys would not have been given permission to put gravel on the road and the sometime employee was working in the capacity of a private contractor. It is a road of record and will remain a road as long as it is of use to someone.

Joe McCarthy stated that the decision to work the road was made during the time that his parents owned it and they did not know permission was needed.

Karen Murphy stated that on November 7, 2013, she and Jon Stadther were approached in their home about an easement just as they were about to go out hunting. They suggested to Mr. McCarthy that perhaps there was another route he could use for access. They have not gotten an answer. Emails between her, Jon and Alan Woelfel continued to discuss this issue. She further said that she has spent hours researching how to do an easement.

Becky McCarthy said that they do not have the funds to pay for an easement.

Joe McCarthy said that his brother Jim refuses to be further involved with the problem at this time.

Dave Baker reiterated that the township is obligated to provide access for the McCarthys.

Jerry Woelfel inquired who owns the road.

Dave Baker responded that all town roads began as an easement worked out by the township and Pine County. This road was dedicated to public use.

Jerry Woelfel commented that this road was almost 100 years old and the township has not worked on it.

Dave Baker responded that the road was worked by evidence of its being there and
it was surveyed.

Jerry Woelfel asked if the township pays for the road or would landowners pay for it via an easement or a cartway as a private road.

Dave Baker explained the different ways of obtaining access- town votes to work on the road, someone petitions for a cartway or the parties work out an easement.

Agnes Sexton asked why the adjacent property owners did not want the town to open it as a road.

Karen Murphy responded that, at one time, there were meth labs close to the road and also that anyone could then use the road as a public road- this presented the potential for people having parties, etc. Some property owners have had to chase people off their land.

Dave Baker told the group that the gate now at the end of the road must come down. An easement is up to the property owners, not the township.

Karen Murphy asked how the road would end.

Dave Baker replied that a turn-around would have to be made at the end so that the grader could turn around. The township would do this.

Becky McCarthy said that she and her family did not know that it was illegal to put gravel on the road without getting permission from the Town Board.

Alan Woelfel mentioned a conversation he had with Dave Baker in November when Mr. Baker mentioned a former access- He wanted to know where that access was.

Dave Baker said that access was a former east-west road that was never built due to wetland issues and was vacated by the township in 1916.

Dave Fornengo said Pine County took over management of the road.

In response to Karen Murphy asking if the road would be a Minimum Maintenance road, Dave Fornengo said “Yes”. Dave Baker responded that it might be worked on a Minimum-Maintenance basis, but could be opened to year-round use if there is a need.
Jerry Woelfel inquired as to how much money it would cost the voters of the township to work on this road.

New Dosey Township Special Meeting

Monday, April 7th, 2014


A Special Town Meeting of the voters of New
Dosey Township will be held on April 28, 7pm, in
the town hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to
whether or not to authorize the Town Board to
re-assert authority over the unnamed road located
near the Wisconsin border running north of Pine
County 32 for    @1/4 miles.


Monday, October 7th, 2013


Clerk Fran Levings called the meeting to order at 7pm.  Also present were Tim Caulfield, Beverly Carlin, Ed Carlin, Don Mishler, Dave Baker, Ken Coveau, Marlene Mishler, Carol Erickson, Joe McCarthy, Jim McCarthy, John Fornengo, Robin Fornengo, and Becky McCarthy.

The Clerk made the following announcements:

  1. The township now has a website-
  2. The public was notified of this meeting via the Pine County Courier, township website, notices on both the bulletin and notice boards, letters sent to all affected landowners, and phone calls made to voters.
  3. The only topic that can be discussed at this meeting is the purpose for the meetings as stated- “to authorize the town board to re-assert authority over the road running for ¼ miles N. of Rutabaga Road near the Wisconsin border.”
  4. Coffee and treats are available.

Dave Baker nominated Ed Carlin to be the moderator.  Ken Coveau seconded.  In lieu of any other nominations, Mr. Carlin was elected moderator.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Ken Coveau, to approve the agenda. Carried.

Dave Baker gave the background of the town board request to re-assert authority over this road.  He explained that property owner Joe McCarthy is landlocked and the township is responsible for providing access for him.  The town has not worked on this road and via his conversation with an attorney for the Minnesota Township Association, the board must be authorized to spend money on the road.  A “preponderance of evidence now states that this is indeed a road- it has a road order and it looks like a road. He further stated that taxes will not be raised if it is taken over by the township.  He also stated that the DNR will enforce trespassing laws when reported.  The road itself cannot be gated, but the driveway to Mr. McCarthy’s property could be gated.

The floor was then open to comments and questions.

Jim McCarthy stated his concern about passing his property on to his children and would want a road in that case.

Dave Baker cited possible solutions as- (1) the township being authorized to take over the road (2) the property owners could have an easement agreement written up and signed, then at another SpecialTown meeting, the voters could vote to abandon the road.

Joe McCarthy expressed concern about too much 4-wheeler activity on the road.

Beverly Carlin suggested putting up a sign “Private Property”.

Jim McCarthy has concerns about getting stuck on the road.  He & his family would do any necessary repairs.  They do not want to cause problems with their neighbors, but they do want free access.  They would like to see the matter settled.

Dave Baker said the township could recess this meeting and the landowners could in the future work out a private easement.

Becky McCarthy complained about no cell phone reception out there.

Tim Caulfield commented that trespassers will do what they want whether he reports them or not.

Becky McCarthy inquired as to whether or not the easement would stay in place if they sold the property.

Ken Coveau suggested hiring an attorney to help with an easement agreement.

Dave Baker said an easement agreement would be legal forever.

Clerk Levings suggested the following steps for tonight’s meeting at this point- (1) The voters would pass a motion to take no action tonight.  (2) The property owners would work out an easement agreement.  (3)  The township would take steps to vacate the road.

Motion by John Fornengo, second by Beverly Carlin, to take no action at this meeting.  Carried.

Consensus is that the property owners will work out an easement agreement, then notify the township when they have done so.

In response to Becky McCarthy’s inquiry about the width of an easement, Dave Baker replied they are usually 2 rods wide.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk                Also signed by the Moderator_____________________