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January 8, 2013


Greenwood Town Board Meeting – January 8, 2013


Chr. Reichel called the meeting to order at 7:11 pm.

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

Absent:  Sup. Baland


               MOTION DeLuca/Doroff to approve the December 2012 meeting minutes.  Approved 4/0


               MOTION Aro/Doroff to approve the Treasurer’s December 2012 report:  Checking-$468,944.30/Long Term Investments-$249,588.20/

               Savings-$245,843.81=$964,376.31.  Approved 4/0


               MOTION Doroff/Aro to pay Claims #15001-15055 totaling $34,139.20.  Approved 4/0. 


               Chr. Reichel questioned why a prop was purchased when Chief Kregness told the board the props would be repaired, not replaced.

               Board members discussed the need for a spare prop and options.  They were advised that Boat 2 does not have spare props and that

               the original props did not have the right pitch-one was on the motor that was sold the other traded with Eagle Docks for a post pounder.

               Peg Nelson commented that all boats should have a spare prop.


               MOTION DeLuca/Doroff to issue payroll and fixed bills Feb. 1.   Approved 4/0


Fire Dept:  Assistant Chief Pete Makowski reported the total runs for the year.  He advised that they were able to reduce the cost of additional radio equipment from the original authorization of up to $18,000 to $6731.13 plus radio cases.

Correspondence Reviewed:  St. Louis County notice of land sale, MN Assn. of Townships annual financial report, Mark Drobac-application to zoning boards


               MOTION DeLuca/Aro to place Mark Drobac’s application on file for one year from Jan. 8, 2013 for openings on the Planning & Zoning

               Commission or Board of Adjustment.  It was noted that the township will advertise if there are to be any vacancies or term expirations.

               Approved 4/0

Bois Forte Fire Protection Agreement:  Chr. Reichel explained that the Fire Protection Agreement between the Township and Bois Forte expired Dec. 31, 2012.  Bois Forte Chairman Kevin Leecy requested the township turn over the aerial to Bois Forte.  This was done on January 4, 2013. 

               MOTION DeLuca/Reichel to approve the Resolution 01_08_2013 that outlines that the Fire Protection Agreement between Bois Forte

               Band of Chippewa (Lake Vermilion Reservation and Fortune Bay Properties) expired on December 31, 2012 and the 1972 Howe Aerial

               Ladder Truck title and vehicle were transferred to Bois Forte on January 4, 2013.  Approved 4/0


Planning Commission Public Hearing Recommendations:


               MOTION DeLuca/Aro to approve the Planning Commission Ordinance Text changes.  Approved 4/0


               MOTION Doroff/DeLuca to approve the Planning Commission Definitions.  Approved 4/0


               MOTION Doroff/DeLuca to approve the corrections for the Lake Vermilion Zoning Map-Lakeshore Commercial Overlay Districts that were omitted by St. Louis County when preparing the Vermilion Plan Zoning Maps.   Approved 4/0


               Dark Sky Ordinance:  Was not forwarded to the Board by the Planning Commission but part of the hearing as a courtesy to the board.

               No Action Taken-Further review and discussion.  Concerns of an Ordinance and who would enforce, other options such as talking to

               the neighbor if a light is a problem, putting out more information on the website and with the permits.



Safety:  Peg Nelson-No changes to the Exposure Plan and will be doing a township building walkthrough with Pat Trancheff-maintenance.

 Planning Director:  Julia Maki – Slow now, possible variance in February

 Maintenance:  Pat Trancheff – Busy with winter operations

 Supervisor Doroff:  Went to the Tower Ambulance Commission Meeting-new ambulance in a few months for a cost of $138,000.  New EMT Class being offered in Tower.

 Supervisor Aro:  The township should check into charge accounts at Bob’s Amoco and Vermilion Fuel for tax exempt accounts.  Budget worksheets out-hopefully all depts.. back to him by the end of the week.


               MOTION DeLuca/Doroff to adjourn at 8:12 pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Ellen Trancheff-Clerk                                                                                       Kirsten Reichel-Chairperson