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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.




Meeting called to order at7:30 Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors Wes Cemenski and Dave Baker, Clerk Fran Levings, Deputy Clerk Robin Fornengo, Don Proffit, Ronald Petropske, and Jonathan Podritz (spelling may be incorrect on these 2 names).  Treasurer Margaret Coveau was absent.

Motion by Wes Cemenski, second by Dave Baker, to approve the minutes of the meeting ofOctober 12, 2011, as printed.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Treasurer’s Report.(Attached to file copy of these minutes)  Fund balances are: General Fund-$1407.11, Road & Bridge Fund-$8430.75, Cemetery/Landscaping Fund-$690.96, Fire Protection Fund-($2606.73), Fire Hall Fund-$125.45, Cartway Fund-($10.86), Savings Fund-$7148.38 and CDs- $51,524.81.  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Wes Cemenski, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Carried.

Clerk Fran Levings presented the Claims List and the Net Payroll List for approval (Attached to file copy of these minutes)  Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Wes Cemenski, to pay these bills.  Carried.

CLERK’S REPORT:  1 Reminder that filing for the office of Supervisor (3-year term) and Clerk (2-year term) will open in December.

  1. Letter sent to MAT attorney Kyle Harnett asking for a status report on the proposed cartway legislation that our township submitted over 5 years ago.

ZONING REPORT:   1. Zoning Administrator learned of 4 persons whomay need to apply for a land use permit.  Letters will be sent.

NEW BUSINESS:     1.  Motion by Wes Cemenski, second by Dave Baker to approve a Resolution regardingEnnerstrom Road.  This resolution would give the owner of the property at the end of the road to install a locked gate by this driveway and would give the township the right to construct a “turn-around” before the gate for grading purposes.  (Copy of the complete resolution is on file at the town hall)  Carried.

  1. A decision to sign-off on the Road Work Assignment was tabled to the December meeting.
  2. Culvert Discussion- Supervisor Baker reported that he was told by Johnson-Culvert Inc., that a large culvert forRocky Roadwould cost @$3800.00.  Pine County Engineer Mark LeBrun has examined the culvert and stated it is not in any danger at the time. Clerk was told to start a running list of culverts needed so it may be incorporated into the 2012 budget.
  3. Sign Reflectivity Mandate- Chair Fornengo has done extensive work on this project.  He presented a computer spread-sheet that he had done which includes location, direction facing, need of the sign, grade of the sign, etc. He is working on incorporating this information onto a map of the township.  This spreadsheet, map and a policy will meet the requirements by the state ofMinnesotawhich is due in January 2012.  Mr. Fornengo recommends reducing the number of signs in the township, replacing 12 signs in April 2012, then putting the rest of the signs on a rotation basis for replacement. He has written a policy.
  4. Alternative Energy Project-37 kilowatts have been produced since the installment of the project onOct. 17, 2011.  Chair Fornengo is working with East Central Energy to complete all of the paperwork on the project.
  5. Supervisor Baker said he would ask Todd Elliott Excavating to do the final work on the Matt Lourey Trail-South project.


  1. Pine County Township Officers Meeting Report- Clerk Levings reported that Pine County sold ¼ million dollars worth of property at the annual land auction, services for Pine County Health & Human Services are mandated, yet the budget has been cut, for the 4th year in row the County has not raised the levy and the County is considering county-wide zoning. State Senator Lourey said the process of discussion at the Capitol has broken down and that he was not comfortable with the Zone of Silence during the state shutdown and that re-districting will hurt rural MN.  State Representative Crawford spoke about the loss of the Homestead Credit. The sheriff’s department has taken in over $760,000 for boarding prisoners from other counties so far this year, they have processed over 1500 prisoners so far and offer many programs for the inmates. The DNR requires permits for the townships to do beaver control before and after open season.  7th district MAT chair Don Sherper spoke about the Sign Reflectivity Mandate.  Township Assessor Bob Brewster suggested the group set up a liason committee to coordinate with issues concerning the Pine County Board.  This idea will be discussed at the March 2012 meeting.  Dave Baker reported on the Homestead Credit and how that will work.  It appears that the bulk of maintaining a deduction financially will be borne by weekenders and businesses.


  1. Property owner Don Proffit expressed further concerns about the expense of proceeding with his cartway petition and the problems he has with the township and Judge Reuter about this issue.
  2. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Dave Baker, to have the clerk contact Mr. Richard Kosman about purchasing the remaining diesel gas in a tank he has on town hall property.

Meeting adjourned at9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Chair: _______________________ Date _______________

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