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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 at 7:30 pm by Chair Dave Fornengo.  Also present were Supervisors

AJ Fornengo and Jason Fornengo, Clerk Fran Levings, Dave Baker, Township Assessor Bob Brewster, Don Schirmer, Ron Mosser, Jeff Lindgren and Don Eddy.  Absent were Treasurer Mandy Fornengo and Deputy Clerk Tamara Miritello.


  1.  Ron Mosser said a motion had been approved at the Annual Meeting to not do roadside brushing this year and he asked why it was done.  Chair Fornengo responded that it was discussed at the Annual Meeting, but no motion was passed. He further said that some residents had requested that the roadsides be cleared this year and there is no plan to do so in 2020.  Don Schirmer commented that the roadside brushing this year was not very effective.
  2. Bob Brewster used his Public Input time after the Zoning Report was given.  He expressed his concern with the proposed Pine County policy to, beginning in 2020, to do the assessing, thus eliminating the positions of township assessors.  He said he has been the assessor for New Dosey Township for 15 years and believes he has provided excellent service.  He does not think the quality of assessing will be as good or as thorough as it has been with him because he can take the time to give special attention to each parcel. He drew Supervisors attention to the 2 letters in their packet- one from him and another from the Pine County Administrator.  These letters present differing costs of the proposed policy.  Mr. Brewster maintains that it will be more expensive for townships under county assessing.  He encouraged representatives for our town board to attend the November 26 meeting in Sandstone to speak in opposition to the proposal.   Both AJ Fornengo and the Chair indicated that they will try to attend the meeting.  No action was taken on Mr. Brewster’s request to get a 2-year Assessing Contract agreed upon by the Board.

Mr. Brewster also inquired about an assessment for Deloris Schirmer and Chair Fornengo said we should know after the first snowfall where the boundaries of the turn-around are.

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

Motion by Jason Fornengo, second by Dave Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the October 3, 2019, regular meeting of the Board.  Carried (3-0).

Motion by AJ Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve the Minutes of the Johnson Cartway Hearing on October 28, 2019.  Carried (3-0).


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


            General Fund                                                   $7,577.63

            Road & Bridge Fund                                        $14,053.92

            Cemetery/Landscaping Fund                          ($152.55)

            Fire Protection Fund                                       $13,137.75

            Fire Hall Fund                                                  $125.45

            Driveways Fund                                               $6,061.03

            Cartway-B. Johnson                                         $2,000

            Savings Account                                              $1.164.83

            CD                                                                   $19,436.02

            TOTAL FUNDS                                                 $63,404.08

Chair Fornengo questioned the large amount in the Fire Protection Fund.  Clerk responded that the township has over-levied in that fund for a few years now and that the Board lowered the levy in this fund for 2020.


            Dan Raboin                             Land Use Permit                     $25.00

            Randy Maxwell                       Land Use Permit                     $25.00

            Tri Township Disposal             Reimbursement-Meetings      $300.00

            Mark Berres                            Plowing Private Drive             $120.00

            Scott Walberg                         Land Use Permit                     $25.00

            Jason Fornengo                       Plowing Private Drive             $120.00

            Brandon Johnson                     Cartway Bond                          $2,000.00

            State of MN-ACH Funds          ½-Ag Market Value                 $54.66

            Northview Bank                      Interest-Checking                    $5.75

            Northview Bank                      Interest-CD                              $61.04

            TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                                     $2,736.45

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


Clerk Fran Levings presented the Claims and Net payroll lists for approval.


 #7108             ECE                              Electricity                                $55.00

#7109              Askov Deep Rock        Winchout                                 $250.00

#7110              Dave Fornengo            Cartway,Mileage,Gas,Lease   $239.78

#7111              AJ Fornengo                Cartway, Planning                   $120.00

#7112              Fran Levings                Cartway, Mileage                   $195.80

#7113              Tamara Miritello        Cartway                                   $50.00

#7114              MJC Equipment           Equipment Rental                   $355.30

#7115              AT&T                           Telephone/Internet                 $97.46

#7116              Sebald Motor              Plow Truck Repair                   $449.69

#7117              Couri & Ruppe,LLP      Legal Services                         $700.00

#7118              Bjerke Law Offices      Legal Services-Cartway           $112.50

#7119              Northstar Media         Legal Notices-Cartway & Plowing  $348.34

#7120              NAPA-Sandstone         Brake Fluid                              $26.99

#7121              Hopkins Sand & Gravel – Gravel                                 $921.26

#7122              Kettle River Grafix      Posters                                    $5.00

#7123              Jason Fornengo           Road Matting                          $353.22

#7124              U.S. Postal Service      Certified Mail-Cartway           $7.00

#7125              Casey’s Store               Motor Fuels                             $28.93

#7126              Chris’ Gas Center        Motor Fuels                             $43.18

#7127              Sandstone ACE            Tools & Shovels                       $81.83

#7128              Office Depot                Office Supplies                        $24.08

TOTAL CLAIMS                                                                                   $4,464.36


AJ Fornengo                $100.00                                   Mandy Fornengo         $150.00

Dave Fornengo            $345.00                                   Fran Levings                $430.00

Jason Fornengo           $100.00                                   Tamara Miritello        $180.00

Julia Fornengo             $37.50                                     Doug Wiita                  $637.50

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


  1.  Reminder- All-Community Get-Together- Dec. 7- Potluck-5:30pm
  2. Motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to approve a Resolution Designating the Cloverton Town Hall as the Polling Place for 2020.

ZONING REPORT:       Zoning Officer Fran Levings stated that she has been the Interim Zoning Administrator since 2007 and she requested that she be moved up to being the Permanent Zoning Administrator.  Planning Commissioner Don Schirmer strongly objected to this move and stated that the Zoning Administrator position should be posted for applicants.  The Board tabled this until the December meeting.


  1.  January 24, 2020, was set as the date for the 2nd Brandon Johnson Cartway Hearing.
  2. The 2019 Road Work Order was tabled to the December meeting for sign-off.
  3. NPAHD Report- Fran Levings reported that a Special Award will be given to Cheryl McHugh, Administrator-Therapeutic Services Agency, Pine City, and to Eric Nielsen, Administrator-Gateway Clinic, Sandstone, for their work in establishing a Mental Health Therapist at the Gateway Clinic. These awards will be presented at the November meeting of the NPAHD Board.
  4. Regarding the Don Eddy Cartway- Chair Fornengo learned that if a Cartway petition is withdrawn 9 days before the scheduled date of the Hearing, no Hearing needs to be held even though all Legal Notices have been published and posted.  Therefore, motion by Dave Fornengo, second by Jason Fornengo, to reimburse Don Eddy for those expenses he paid to Board members to attend the Cartway Hearing.  Carried (3-0).  Those Board members who were paid will forego their compensation for the upcoming December meeting. 


  1. Dave Baker presented the Annual Report of the Tri-Township Disposal District.  He distributed copies of the report and said their Treasury is in solid b++shape.  The District kept the old garbage truck and has used it for back up this year.
  2. Clerk Levings reported on the Pine County Township Officers Meeting- She gave the following highlights. (1) State Senator Jason Rarick said he plans to try to amend the ‘6-Year Rule” regarding public roadways so that property will have to be notified if their land will be taken. (2) County Board Member  Steve Hallan explained how the recent data breach occurred. 2 people tried to get a woman’s SS check put into one of their bank accounts.  (3) Auditor Kelly Schroder said MN will have a Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020.  Mail-in Ballot recipients will have to choose one ballot of the political party of their choice and only vote on that ballot. (4) County Attorney Reese Frederickson said the County has established a Veteran’s Court.  He also said that the top 5 drug dealers in the county have all been charged. (5) Sheriff Nelson urged people to contact his office about any suspicious activity.  (6) The Regional Census Director stressed how important it is to complete the census survey.  (7) Levings spoke at the meeting about the NPAHD.  (8) Mindy Sandell now works with Ben Weiner in the County Veteran’s office.  (9) Jim Fischer, MAT, said they are considering not having Summer Short Courses anymore.

Don Schirmer said he attended this meeting also and the Sheriff has added another deputy.


            Respectfully submitted,

            Fran Levings, Clerk

            Also signed by the Chair.  ___________________________  Date ___________

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