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February 11, 2014

Greenwood Town Board Meeting – February 11, 2014


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


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


               MOTION Doroff/Aro to approve the minutes of the Jan. 14, 2014 meeting.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Reichel/Aro to approve the Treasurer’s January 2014 report:  Checking-$533,167.11/Long Term Investments-$250,114.58/

               Savings-$193,388.48=$10,076,670.17.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Aro/DeLuca to approve paying Claims #15725-15766  totaling $25,635.92.  Approved 4/0 with Reichel abstaining due to payment

               to Reichel Electric.


               MOTION Aro/DeLuca to host the May 28 2014 St. Louis County Association of Townships meeting.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION DeLuca/Reichel to issue payroll and fixed bills March 1.  Approved 5/0


               MOTION Aro/Reichel to approve the 2013 Financial Audit.  Approved 5/0


Persons on Agenda:


Al Vogt from Cook Hospital District was present along with other board members to make a presentation and request that the township consider becoming part of the hospital district.  He advised that the estimated cost on a $300,000 property would be around $270/year.  When asked if the township decided to not be a member, would they be able to unjoin the district, he answered yes.  Board members agreed to look into it and get more information including more detailed cost estimates.


Correspondence Reviewed:  St. Louis Count y Public Works Seal Coating Program for 2014, WC Heiam thankyou for the $100 donation, St. Louis County Ordinance 61 Public Hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 at 9:40 am at the Hibbing City Council Chambers


Old Businiess:

Boat #1 Motors:  Rick Worringer and Lee Peterson presented their research in regards to the engine failures of the motors on Boat #1.  Both agreed that there were issues that conflicted with information from BRP, operator training, cavitation issues, air issues, Boat #1 rated for no more than 500 hp but then change of placard to 600 hp.   BRP technicians will be present when the boat is put into service this spring, running it themselves to ensure all is working well.  Board members agreed to send a follow letter to BRP advising that they still have concerns about BRP’s conclusions and that they do want the BRP technicians to be prepared to come and run the boat in the spring.


Sup. DeLuca commented on the previous opinions from MAT attorneys in regard to working with the fire brigade.  He asked the chairman why he didn’t receive the emails that were just currently written and was advised by the chairman that due to the fact that Sup. DeLuca has chosen in the past to ignore any requests from the chairman he would not be sending him anymore emails.  Chr. Baland further commented that there is still information going back and forth to see if it is possible to establish some form of working agreement with the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade.  Sup. DeLuca asked why Sup. Reichel and Chr. Baland attended the fire dept. meeting with the brigade ?

Sup. Reichel responded that she attended on invitation from Don Potter from the Fire Brigade and Chr. Baland attended as chairman. 


New Business:

Clerk Trancheff applied for a grant from the County for recycling bins for the town hall functions.




Chief Fazio-Gave the Run Report in a new format/January meeting with the Fire Brigade-St Louis County Rescue-Cook Fire Dept-Tower DNR-Cook Ambulance and the fire department.  25 people in all discussing options for working together/March drill may be jaws of life/EVOC in April/First Responder training March 20, 27, April 3 from 6-10 and March 29 from 9-5/Enrolling members in the MN Volunteer Firefighter Benefit Assn.


Safety Officer-Peg Nelson absent.  E-mail to Chr. Baland that she had reviewed the Exposure Control Plan and Right to Know will be different.


Planning Director-Julia Maki reported that there are still issues regarding the payment due by Niekrasz’s and would be forwarded to Attorney Neff, Board of Adjustment will meet Feb. 20 for the Hatfield variance and Planning Commission will meet Feb. 24.


Maintenance-Pat Trancheff gave the January maintenance and grounds report.


Clerk-Ellen Trancheff gave a brief overview of what happens when properties consolidate and how it could appear that the property is not being assessed correctly.  A consolidation will go to the first parcel and combine all other parcel values.  The ballots are ready for absentee voting.



Board Members:


Sup. Aro gave the 2015 Levy which is reducing the levy by approximately 19%.


               MOTION DeLuca/Doroff to approve the 2015 Levy Request of $391,535 to bring to the annual meeting.


Jeff Maus took exception to way the levy is presented noting he wanted all receipts to be included and felt that Planning & Zoning permit fees should cover expenses and salaries.  He was advised that the board provides receipts/disbursements for the whole year every month.  The levy is the tax request and is not able to predict what other monies come in.  He was advised that the past year zoning costs represent a high attorney cost but is currently being considered for recovery by the attorney.


               MOTION approved 5/0


               MOTION Aro/Reichel to adjourn at 8:45 pm.




Respectfully Submitted,




Ellen Trancheff-Clerk                                                                                       Gene Baland-Chairman