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April 8, 2014


Greenwood Town Board Meeting – April 8, 2014


Chr. Aro called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm


Present:  Chr. Aro, Vice-Chr. Reichel, Supervisors Baland, Doroff, Worringer, Treasurer Clark, Pro-tem Mary Worringer for Clerk Trancheff


               MOTION Baland/Reichel to approve the minutes of the Feb. 11, March 11, March 31 meetings.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Worringer/Reichel to approve the Treasurer’s Financial report for March, 2014.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Worringer/Reichel to approve paying bills totaling $11,201.90 including payroll.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Reichel/Worringer to issue payroll and fixed bills.  Approved 5/0


Persons on Agenda:


Dean Panian asked if the Cook Hospital District was on the agenda?  He was advised no so no comment.


Presentation to Town Board turning over Planning & Zoning to St. Louis County:


Written Comments supporting the return of Zoning to the County were received from:

Greenwood Property Owners:  Lee & Beverly Peterson, Walt & Marcie Moe, Richard Leciejewski, William Durbin, Anita Murray, Nancy Gauthier,  Peter Esala, Wayne Souja, Dave Grigal, John & Joann Bassing

Non-Greenwood:  Steve Lotz, Dorsey-Whitney Law Firm


Chairman Aro advised that public comments will be accepted, however, the issue will not be a debate.


Public Comments were received by:


John Bassing who delivered a packet to the board members stating that he felt the board was having this meeting to placate the citizenry who do not want to keep planning & zoning and cited that he believed the board members already know how they will vote.  He cited moving it out of the township will diminish discord, double taxes, enforcement issues, etc.  He disagreed with this meeting format and preferred to have a debate on the issue.


Lee Peterson agreed with John Bassing to send zoning back to the county stating his main concern is to protect the lake.


Richard Leciejewksi commented on Bay View and costs.


Walt Moe read his statement which agreed with sending zoning back to the county citing the township needs more staffing, compliance issues, training is not quality for Greenwood but is for the county, guidance not available to Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment members.


Jeff Maus criticized the latest variance outcome for Hatfields and Thayers.  He started to discuss Director Maki’s job performance and was  told to stop by Chr. Aro.  He wanted more debate, did not appreciate a timer for comments at the last variance hearing and challenged Board of Adjustment Worringer being able to speak beyond the 3 minutes.  He wanted to have another meeting after hearing those in favor of keeping zoning so they could have rebuttal of the issue.


Lee Peterson asked if the board members support moving the Planning Director to a full time position?  Board members said it has never been discussed but are listening to what needs to happen in the future.


John Bassing, Lee Petrson and Richard Leciejewski all expressed unhappiness with how the meetings are handled and that residents are not treated with respect.


Tom Mesojedec commented that he felt the vote at the annual meeting was a good representation of turning zoning back to the county.


Chr. Aro commented that there were only 50 voters at the annual meeting and there are almost 800 registered voters in the township.


Walt Moe asked that the township publish all comments made at this meeting and written comments.


He was advised that there is not a transcript of this meeting and some people are hesitant to speak out for fear of retaliation and dissension.


Board Members thanked everyone for their input.

Correspondence:  SLCATO minutes, Northwoods Care Partners donation request, Doug Johnson Recreation Area request


               MOTION Baland/Doroff to donate $100 to both Northwoods Care Partners and Doug Johnson Recreation Area.  Approved 5/0


New Business:


               MOTION Worringer/Reichel to approve the Shamrock Landing 3.2 Liquor License.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Doroff/Baland to approve the Vermilion Club Liquor License.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Reichel/Baland to approve the Timbuktu 3.2 Liquor License.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Doroff/Worringer to approve the 3 year Tower Ambulance Agreement.  Approved 5/0




Fire Dept. Chief Fazio gave his report on calls, EVOC Training on April 15 and 16, St. Lukes Appreciation Dinner for EMS on April 22, 911 overview of the 911 system on April 24 in Mt. Iron, First Responder Class has concluded with testing on April 16-there are 11 First Responders that are Greenwood residents and 1 from Cook area, meeting with the Fire Brigade on April 11, working on a draft agreement to work with them, radio grants are available with deadline of June, grant for defibrillators-he will speak with grant writer Scott Dane, information of a tax break for First Responders and EMT’s may be considered via Senator Tom Bakk, working on different firefighter requirements, EMS SOG’s revisited, Officer job descriptions need revisiting too and will be tabled to next meeting.


Safety:  Peg Nelson absent


Planning:  Director Maki gave her report and asked the township to address wet boathouse renovations.  In 2006 the DNR passed laws allowing old boathouses to be rebuilt or moved.  The local zoning authority is to sign off on the permits, however the county does not do so.  Does the town board want the planning commission to make a recommendation regarding this legislation?  Chuck Richards from the Planning Commission asked for direction from the town board.  Lee Peterson stated that if local approval is needed the township should not hand off that right.  Supervisors Aro, Baland and Doroff asked that the DNR check with Greenwood and if there is a land use violation, the township would be involved otherwise send it to the DNR.


               MOTION Baland/Doroff to write a letter to the DNR with the chairman signing it, asking that the DNR notify the township regarding the

               re-building or moving of wet boathouses.  Approved 5/0


Public Comments from Marcie Moe, Steve Lotz, Lee Peterson were in wanting the application sketches to be provided on the website.  Director Maki said that adding complicated drawings is too difficult and that the website is providing more information than St. Louis County, who do not provide any applications on their website.


Joanne Bassing criticized Director Julia Maki-that she lacked respect towards residents who pay tax dollars to her.


Maintenance:  Pat Trancheff reported on the spring operations as well as all other normal activities.


               MOTION Baland/Doroff to adjourn.



Respectfully Submitted,



Ellen Trancheff-Clerk                                                                                       Tom Aro-Chairman