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December 13, 2011

Greenwood Town Board Meeting – December 13, 2011


Called to order by Chr. Aro at 6:30 pm

Present: Chr. Aro, Vice-Chr. Reichel, Supervisors Baland, DeLuca, Kladivo, Treasurer Clark, Clerk TrancheffSup. Kladivo had to leave on an emergency call:


          MOTION Reichel/DeLuca to approve the Nov. minutes with correction to read 40 hrs/year on motors.  Approved 4/0


          MOTION Reichel/Aro to approve the Treasurer’s report:  Checking-$267,472.16/Long Term Investments-$246,529.21/Savings-

          $179,004.42 for a total of $693,005.79.  Approved 4/0


          MOTION Baland/DeLuca to pay claims #14214-14302 totaling $87,171.56.  Approved 4/0


          MOTION DeLuca/Baland to pay fixed bills and payroll in January.  Approved 4/0


Fire Dept: Run report for November was presented


Correspondence:  SLCATO minutes, Latterner 2nd payment made3, Proposal from SLC to do an area up to the Greenwood Trail, SLC notice of tax forfeit land, Walt & Marcie Moe-compensation for PZ meetings


Old Business:  The mutual aid agreement with Cook FD has been signed


New Business:  Copier, Scanner, Fax for town hall offices:


          MOTION Aro/DeLuca to accept the quotation from Roger’s On-Line for a new copier, scanner and fax with trade in of the old copier.

          Approved 5/0


          MOTION Kladivo/DeLuca to accept the 2012 calendar-noting the Jan. meeting is on Monday Jan. 23.  Approved 5/0


          MOTION DeLuca/Baland to send a letter of support of the Lake Vermilion Trail.  Approved 5/0


          MOTION Baland/DeLuca to place a Holiday Greeting Ad with Tower children’s artwork in the Timberjay for $30.  Approved 5/0


Trail:  Sup. Baland received a quote from St. Louis County for extending the trail to the new portion of county road 77.  The quote was for $30,000.

More information will be forthcoming.




Safety:  Peg Nelson was on vacation


Planning Director: The Planning Commission will be working during the winter on various definitions, dark sky, etc.  She advised that the St. Louis County Soil & Water will no longer provide free services for shoreline restoration so the government body will be charged for it.


Maintenance: Busy getting equipment ready for winter, ice rink, new exercise group in the evenings using the hall, propane tanks are installed.


Supervisors:  Sup. Kladivo suggested the township purchase a sander for the parking lot/weatherstripping doors.


          MOTION Kladivo/DeLuca to authorize up to $1000 for a salt/sander unit.  Approved 5/0


Sup. Kladivo:  Discussion regarding replacement of Boat 1 motors.  The fire dept. has a 5 year plan for replacement.  The lower unit on one motor may be bad and could be replaced.  There is re-sale value in the motors if turned over now and purchase of new motors (300 hp for approximately $29,000)  It is possible to get around $12,000 for the used motors.


Comments/Questions: Is a 5 year plan necessary?  Should the dept. be looking at different motors that last longer?  Possible to have them looked at and repair for less money?  Are the motors unsafe?  More questions need to be answered. 


          MOTION Kladivo/DeLuca to table the motor issue to the February meeting.  Approved 5/0


Sup. Baland:  Speed signs not up on 77 yet. 


Chr. Aro:  Should the township draft a letter to address the cormorants on Lake Vermilion?


          MOTION DeLuca/Kladivo that the township draft a letter to the DNR and Feds to ask they look into the damaging effects of cormorants on

          Lake Vermilion.  Approved 5/0.  Chr. Aro will assist in drafting the letter


          MOTION Baland/DeLuca to adjourn at 8:35 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,


Ellen Trancheff-Clerk                                                Tom Aro-Chairman