OCTOBER 2, 2012
Chairman Nevalainen opened the meeting at 7:05 pm. Board members present were Supervisor Town, Supervisor Kiner, Treasurer Kiner, Clerk Manninen and Deputy Clerk Tomczak along with 5 guests. All attending recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Agenda – The agenda was approved with the addition of Planning Committee Meeting to Old Business, on a motion by Chairman Nevalainen, seconded by Supervisor Kiner, motion carried.
Minutes –The minutes were approved on a motion by Supervisor Kiner, seconded by Chairman Nevalainen, motion carried.
The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Kiner. The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Supervisor Town, seconded by Chairman Nevalainen, motion carried.
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $167,120.09
Income --- $28,593.62
Expenses --- $14,822.86
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $180,890.85
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $17,925.27
Income --- $1.07
Expenses --- $47.00
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $17,880.34
Comm. Center Fund:
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $74,455.65
Income --- $3.17
Expenses --- $0.00
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $74,458.82
Cert. of Deposit:
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $26,097.21
Income --- Due 3/9/13
Expenses --- 1.00%
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $26,097.21
Road Acct. CD:
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $20,828.43
Income --- Due 3/12/13
Expenses --- .75%
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $20,828.42
Road Acct. CD:
Beg Bal 9/1/12 --- $20,636.03
Income --- Due 3/12/14
Expenses --- 1.00%
End Bal. 8/31/12 --- $20,636.03
Dep --- $14,176.52
To Town --- $425.30
To Tourism B. --- $13,751.22
The following claims were approved on a motion by Chairman Nevalainen, seconded by Supervisor Kiner, motion carried.
- 3418, North Star Elec., Power for Hall, $34.00
- 3419, Norton, Laptop Security, $74.80
- 3420, Naztec International, Election Supplies, $47.01
- 3421, Bertelsons Office Supply, Paper, Office Supplies, $151.15
- 3422, K-Mart, Office Supplies, $48.07
Old Business –
PPSSD – Randy, SEH – reported that the packets had gone out and many of the members of the district have replied and Randy has been onsite with many of the other owners to discuss the project. Julie sent the next reimbursement packet with Randy so Chairman Nevalainen moved to approve this reimbursement, seconded by Supervisor Town, motion carried. Randy reported that the district is moving ahead and gave a tentative timeline of work to be done. They hope to have the design completed by the end of November, do bids in March then award by early April and have the treatment complete by sometime in the summer and the collection system by sometime in the fall. There will probably be bumps in the road that will affect the timeline as with all projects. The talks are still going on with the DNR regarding the property and hooking up with the district. Many members indicated interest in becoming a member of the Sewer Advisory Committee. There will be the first Sewer Advisory Meeting on October 25th at the Kabetogama Fire Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. A person from Rural Water will be at this meeting to do training on setting up rules and regs for the district. The meeting is open to the public. Julie will bring her computer to set up some type of conferencing for this meeting.
VNP Clean Waters JPB – nothing new at this time.
Roads & Trails – Melheims road had some work done on it and seems to be in better shape.
Planning Committee Meeting – Marlene Tomczak reported on this meeting.
The Comprehensive Plan was reviewed – Under Transportation T1 concerning where the Kabetogama area roads stand on the Five Year Construction Plan, Supervisor Nevalainen will contact St. Louis County regarding this matter. Under Recreation R3, It was brought to the attention of the committee that Ebel’s Houseboats website encourages their customers to Burn whatever garbage they can while they are traveling the area mostly in the Park. This has created environmental concerns as well as difficulty for the park staff in maintaining the campsites. Under Economics E1 some of the resort signs along Gamma Road need to be removed and or repaired. Under New Business – there was discussion regarding the article in the Duluth paper regarding the Molpus Woodlands Group blocking hunters and snowmobilers from using access roads across land that is now owns in northern St. Louis County. This closure impacts snowmobile trails, including the Arrowhead and Voyageur trails as well as access to several hunting shacks and areas. It was recommended that the Township Board contact our representative, David Dill to offer support in keeping the existing roads and trails open. Betsey Warrington will write a letter to the VNP requesting a new liaison to attend the Planning Committee meetings. There are two expiring board member terms, Marlene Tomczak and Betsey Warrington that will need to be filled at the annual meeting in January. Cardboard recycling canister at our area site was discussed. Chairman Nevalainen said he would speak with Terry Soderberg on this matter and discuss again at the next township meeting. Marlene Tomczak will again contact Senator Bakk & Representative Dill via email requesting that they include Kabetogama in their budgets to help fund the new community hall. The township will continue to pursue grants through IRRB as well. The brush pile at the canister site needs to be pushed up again. Supervisor Nevalainen will contact Greg House to take care of this. The idea of annexation to Koochiching County was brought up again. Supervisor Nevalainen will contact our attorney Robert Ruppe and ask what the proper steps are in the matter.
Community Center Planning – Jim Tomczak will no longer mow at the community center grounds. We will need to find a new person to take care of this. Jim has done this on a volunteer basis. Chairman Nevalainen moved to pay for the fuel that Jim has gone through to accomplish this in the amount of $200.00, seconded by Supervisor Town, motion carried.
New Business –
The November township meeting has to be changed because of Election Day. Chairman Nevalainen moved to change the date for the meeting to November 13, 2012 same time and same place, seconded by Supervisor Kiner, motion carried.
Supervisor Kiner moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 pm., seconded by Supervisor Town, motion carried.
Mary Manninen, Clerk,