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January 2020


JANUARY 14, 2020                                            6:30 PM

Chair Deluca opens meeting

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll call: Chair Deluca, Vice Chair Skubic, M Ralston, L Tahija, B Beihoffer, Deputy Treasurer Swenson, Clerk Drobac

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers. This meeting will be recorded for transcription and archival purposes.

Motion: Beihoffer\Skubic to approve December minutes                               Passed 5/0

Treasurer’s report: Checking account – $175,736.40           Long Term Investments – $251,952.70                      Savings Accounts – $232,750.13                  Total – $660.439.23

Motion: Tahija\Deluca to approve treasurer report                           Passed 5/0

Claims presented

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to approve claims as presented             Passed 4/0 Tahija abstain

Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve payroll                                           Passed 5/0


Budget – Deluca suggested putting $50,000.00 in the budget for the BroadBand project – a dedicated fund for BroadBand

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to have $50,000.00 in the budget for the BroadBand project – a dedicated fund for BroadBand      Passed 5/0

Broadband survey \ meeting is moving forward. Ralston talked with CTC and Paul Bunyan to utilize a survey of residents. Possible postcards sent. Ralston will check with Fisher Printing. Survey to be sent to all taxpayers, with 30 days to respond.

Motion: Ralston\Deluca to approve Fisher Printing to send postcards to all residents with a BroadBand Survey questionnaire                                    Passed 4/0     Tahija abstained

Motion: Deluca\Skubic to have the clerk or treasurer contact the chair or vice chair when needing to be out of the office. The Chair or Vice Chair will decide whether to employ the deputy clerk or deputy treasurer to work. If an emergency arises, a note to notify the absence will suffice.                           Passed 4/1     Ralston no

Motion: Beihoffer\Tahija to approve Reichel Electric to install new lighting– estimate of $2,565.00              Passed 5/0

Motion: Ralston\Skubic to approve Perpich TV and Appliance to install 2 security cameras in the office and outer office                Passed 5/0                                          Security cameras system can expand to 8 cameras


Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve subscription to RAMS of $300.00 \ yr.                              Passed 5/0

Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to table MATIT discussion

MN Department of Administration advisory opinion \ Attorney Couri response

MN Department of Labor and Industry discrimination complaint

Reports: Supervisors: Deluca – resignation letter from Dave Fazio.                                                                                             Motion: Deluca\Skubic to accept with regret the resignation, from the Fire Dept Fire Chief position, as of Dec 31, 2019,of Dave Fazio                Passed 5/0                                                                                                                                                                                          Motion: Deluca\Beihoffer to approve Mike Indihar as interim Fire Chief                  Passed 5/0                                                          Deluca made 4 911 signs.                             Beihoffer attended the Broadband meetings, noting an engineering firm was in attendance.                                Tahija – TAAS meeting attended. More questions and answers needed. The Tower clerk will work on a new contract.                                                               Fire Dept – Runs – 4 fire, 51 emr, 1 drill, 1 meeting. 5 training, 2 emr trainings, 3 maintenance. IAMRESPONDING program which uses personal phones for paging was renewed. Worringer and Fazio went to the Cook Fire meeting. Drill meeting on bloodborne pathogens. Possible use of online classes. Further training on radio communications. Some EMR certificates are expiring. Tom and Tammy Mortaloni need jump kits upon finishing EMR training.                                                                                                                                                    Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve $1000.00 for jump kits           Passed 5/0                          Hepatitis shots are voluntary for the EMR’S.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Motion: Deluca\Ralston to approve hepatis shots for EMR’S at Tower Clinic                Passed 5/0                          EMR’S will be in attendance at Fortune Bay’s snowmobile event.   Fortune Bay will reimburse Greenwood. OSHA – ff do not all have individual masks.                                           Safety: Signed forms for not having a hepatis shot, will be kept on file. OSHA 300 form to be posted and kept on file. AWAIR needs an annual review. Look at heat \ fans for the fire dept garage.                          Clerk: If anyone needs to change their W-4, please check with the clerk. Lake County Power Capital Credits applied were $249.32. Delores Branville donated a Bath shower seat to the Medical closet.                                           Motion: Ralston\Deluca to approve clerk going to training in St Michael on Jan 23        Passed 5/0

Public comment: Marilyn Mueller does not approve of the treasurer being gone 4 months, with the deputy being paid. The clerk is gone and has to take the deputy’s pay out of the wages. She wants to keep the public comment as residents need their word to be heard.                                                  Mark Drobac – question for Deluca – why use the Township attorney when questions can be answered by the MAT lawyers for free? Deluca said – MAT lawyers don’t cover a lot of stuff.                                          Lee Peterson – TAAS had a contentious meeting. Looking at a new contract with townships. He feels the attorney should look at the contract.                                             John Bassing – No townships agree with TAAS. Jeff Damm from Bois Forte does not want to give more money. Ambulance transfers create a lot of wear and tear on the ambulances. Broadband final request for proposal will be next month and given to engineering firms.                    JoAnn Bassing – thank you to the board for taking the mea culpa for being found in fault in the advisory opinion with Jeff Maus.           Marcie Moe – was a letter published from the attorney with reasons for hiring a clerk \ treasurer? No.   If Option B passes, she would like to see a probationary period.                                    Jeff Maus – back up Lee \ John with TAAS. Looking at how Tower will replace the money for the Ambulance – will not be an easy road. TAAS missed 17 area calls for the ambulance because of transfer runs. Opinion from IPAD issued – Attorney Couri represents the board – shifted blame from the board to the clerk – not acceptable.

Correspondence: email from ST Louis County regarding snowplowing strike, letter from ST Louis County listing State tax forfeited land, SLC letter variance approval for R Hasbrook

Motion: Deluca\Biehoffer to donate $100.00 to Cook Library                        Passed 5/0

Junk mail is available to view, then will be recycled

Motion: Skubic\Beihoffer to adjourn                       Passed 5/0                          7:57 pm

Sue Drobac                                                                                         Carmen Deluca

Clerk                                                                                                      Chair