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Meeting called to order at 7 p.m. by Clerk Fran Levings.  Eighteen persons were present, of whom 11 were electors of the township. (Full list of those present is attached to file copy of these minutes)

Clerk welcomed the group, announced that the township has a webpage.  She then gave the purpose for the meeting (which was to discuss possible improvements on that portion of the Munger Trail running south of Pine County Hwy. 32 for one mile, then west for one mile).  She asked everyone to give his or her name before speaking and stated that, by law, only voters of the township could vote on any motions.

Dave Baker nominated Ed Carlin to be the moderator.  There were no other nominations, so Mr. Carlin got the job.

Supervisor explained the background for calling this meeting.  The Pine County Board authorized $5000 towards any improvements. Letter from Kurt Schneider, Pine County Land Director, committing the above amount was read into the record and is attached to the file copy of these minutes.   In order to do any work on a road that has not been worked on for over 20 years, MN statute requires that a town meeting must be held and authorization must be given by the voters present.

Joe Alberio, director, Trail and Waterways, said that his group would commit some equipment and an operator for the project and also may provide money. He said the Trail has been re-named as the Matthew Lourey Trail.

Dave Baker said that if improvements are made to this trail, it would be maintained as a Minimum Maintenance road and that any improvements authorized would be made incrementally over the years.

Wayne Eskildson, property owner, stated that he approves of the concept of improved road work.

John Zurn, property owner, said that his property deed already lists the trail as a Minimum Maintenance road.

Dennis Welsh, property owner, said he has paid to have work done on the road over the years.

Dennis Sherman inquired as to how many landowners would be affected. Clerk Levings responded that she sent letter notices to all 6 property owners on the trail.

Randy Broz, property owner, inquired as to DNR plans for logging this coming winter.  Dave Fornengo responded that Section 35 would be logged. He also stated that if the trail officially becomes a town road, the township will qualify for more gas tax funds.  Dave Baker said that the township has asked Pine County to NOT use School House Road for logging access as it is too fragile. Pine County, therefore, is interested in opening the Munger Trail for access.

Randy Broz inquired about blue paint on some of the trees.  Joe Alberio responded that the blue paint indicates the sale boundary.

Don Eddy said that with $5000 coming from the County and equipment and an operator coming from Trail & Waterways, he saw no reason for anyone not approving the plan.

Motion by Don Eddy, second by Wes Cemenski, to authorize the New Dosey Town Board to make improvements on the Matt Lourey Trail.

Discussion continued-

Beverly Carlin inquired as to what actual work would be done on the trail.

Joe Alberio said he thought some minor ditching and perhaps a culvert or two.

Dennis Sherman expressed concern as to whether or not the township could afford to make these improvements without raising taxes.  Dave Baker responded that expenses would come from the money raised by the current levy and no increase would be necessary.  Clerk Levings said that the 3 supervisors when doing the annual road work review in the Spring would decide how much to do on this trail.

Deloris Schimer expressed concern that perhaps landowners would make demands for improvements above what the township could afford.

Dave Baker explained that both the DNR and township seek reparations from logging companies who damage township roads.  He also said that the township gets a share of County timber sales.

Dave Fornengo said it is much less costly to make this trail an official road compared to the cost to an individual for using a cartway proceeding.

Wes Cemenski said that, in the long run, this proposal would benefit the township.

Moderator Carlin called for a vote on the motion. It was carried.

Dave Fornengo asked the property owners if they wanted the road plowed during the winter months. Dave Baker said that the property owners on School House Road had specifically asked the township NOT to plow during winter months. Consensus of property owners on the Matt Lourey Trail was to NOT plow in the winter.

Motion by Fran Levings, second by Don Eddy, to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted,                                                      Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the Moderator__________________  Date signed._________

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