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August 9, 2011

Greenwood Town Board Meeting – August 9, 2011


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

Present:  Chr. Aro, Vice-Chr. Reichel, Supervisors Baland, DeLuca, Treasurer Clark, Clerk Trancheff

Pledge of Allegiance.

Fill Vacancy of Mary Worringer’s Supervisor Term:

Chr. Aro reported that there were four applicants:        

Byron Beihoffer, Donald Doroff, Randy Kladivo, Fred Smith

The applicant’s were asked to give a brief comment regarding their interest in the position, most important need in the township and if they would be here in the winter:

Byron Beihoffer:  Served 3 year term as Greenwood Supervisor, attended necessary training through MAT, went to the Capital, wanted to build unity on the town board showing support for everyone including the volunteers, fire dept, ems.

 Donald Doroff: Has qualifications, is interested, open minded with common sense approach, concern of budget and expenses, would be here when needed.

Randy Kladivo: 30 years speaks for itself, priority of retention and recruitment on the Fire/EMS service, would be here.

Fred Smith: Would like the township to move forward, retention and recruitment on the Fire/EMS service, would be here.

            The board members thanked the applicants. 

MOTION Reichel/DeLuca to appoint Randy Kladivo to fill the vacancy of Mary Worringer’s Supervisor Position.  Approved 3/1 with Baland voting no.

MOTION Baland/DeLuca to approve the minutes of the July 12 meeting.  Approved 4/0

MOTION DeLuca/Reichel to approve the Treasurer’s Report:  Checking-$385,784.76/Long Term Investments-$246,529.21/Savings-$173,720.85 for a total of $806,034.82.  Approved 4/0

MOTION Reichel/Baland to approve Claims #14064-14088 plus payroll for a total of $25,929.60.  Approved 4/0

It was noted that the MN Fire Service Memorial Donation of $600 requested by the Fire Dept. could not be approved-it did not fit MAT parameters for public funds and donations.

MOTION DeLuca/Reichel to issue payroll and fixed bills on Sept. 1.  Approved 4/0

 Fire Dept Report: (Chief Kregness)

Runs:  4 meetings/drills, 7 fires, 15 EMS calls.  Busy month and low on manpower.  Chief Kregness explained the circumstances that lead up to Rescue #5 being stolen from the fire hall.  The dept. members will exercise due diligence in securing the building when leaving on calls.

Requests:  Approximately $4,180 for:  10 sections of 2.5” hose, $1000 for mapping Unorg. 63-15, Shelving for the Cold Storage Building

Reports:  All EMS personnel will qualify for pension contributions-Chief Kregness was advised to submit claim forms with documentation.

US Forest Service and Cook Fire Dept. Agreements are being reviewed.

First Responder Job Description-The board requested changes in several areas: language regarding knowledge, duties maintenance on emergency vehicles to be through Head of Maintenance.  Will be brought to next meeting

          Have 2 persons interested in the EMS positions and trying to recruit others.

Correspondence:  State Demographer 2010 report, Great River Energy-completion of new power lines, substation, Tower Soudan Depot Days, Thankyou

Old Business:  None

New Business: Julia Maki gave a presentation on handling the township website in house.

 MOTION Baland/DeLuca to accept the proposal of Julia Maki for the township website redesign and maintenance: $475 Website Redesign and Setup/Hosting-$5.00/month, $12.00/year domain name, $20/hour after initial setup.

 Approved 4/0


Safety:  Peg Nelson reported all is well with everyone wearing safety gear, asked if the county could post speed limit on new 77.

Planning Director: Julia Maki reported on permit activity, training video at the hall, no Planning or Brd. Adjustment meetings in July/Aug.

Maintenance:  Pat Trancheff reported that everything was being handled, busy as usual.

Supervisors:   Gene Baland-Rumble Stripe repair may start next week.  Birch Pt Rd Assn. – has not heard back.

                            Tom Aro-Vermilion Trail Plan-Aug. 27 and 31 information meetings at the hall.

                            Contract Negotiations with Bois Forte should start-contract expires Dec. 31, 2012


MOTION Aro/Reichel to appoint Tom Aro, Carmen DeLuca, Scott Kregness or his designee to sit on the negotiation committee for  Bois Forte Reservation and Fortune Bay Casino and Resort.  A letter will be sent to Bois Forte Tribal Council.  Approved 4/0

            MOTION Reichel/DeLuca to adjourn at 7:55 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Ellen Trancheff-Clerk                                                                     Tom Aro-Chairman