September 9, 2002: Reconvene Minutes
The September 9, 2002 Reconvened Annual Meeting was called to order by Moderator Ruth Carlson at 8:35PM, at the Groomer Garage with Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson, Mark R. Anderson and Terrie H. Hoff, Treasurer Jacque L. Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Township Attorney Michael Kearney, and 57 members of the community in attendance.
Moderator Ruth Carlson explained that the only item on the Agenda was the budget and levy. She also explained who was eligible to vote.
Moderator Ruth stated that there would be a written ballot for the vote on the 2003 Budget and Levy.
A motion was made by Dorothy Mohr, supported by Trevor Hoff to accept the budget proposed by the Town Board for 2002. Moderator Ruth stated that the vote would be by show of hands. Moderator Ruth appointed Nancy Parvi and Rod Crain to count the votes. All voted in favor, none were apposed. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Dorothy Mohr, supported by Arlene Crain to accept the budget proposed by the Town board for 2003. Much discussion followed.
Dan Courtney asked for clarification on how the fire protection line item in the proposed budget differed from any other line item in the budget, like office supplies for example.
Mike Ferguson stated he was not eligible to vote but felt he should have a voice as a property owner. He wanted to know how his taxes would be affected.
Lori Sanborn said she appreciated the Board and the controversy they were dealing with and she believed the Fire Department should receive $42,000.
Paul Hamblin wanted to know what the net amount of tax there would be.
Kalie Klaysmat suggested that Paul refer to the green sheet distributed by Jeff Sanborn.
Butch Eggen explained that the requested amount from St. Louis County already is added in.
Harvi Parvi said $7,000 is not that much more to ask for.
Paul Hamblin said the community needs to communicate with the Fire Department.
Moderator Ruth explained the voting procedure. Those eligible to vote than voted by written ballot. The results of the vote: 23 Yes, 26 No. The motion did not carry.
A motion was made by Mark Anderson, supported by Carole Scott that the line item of Fire Protection of the 2003 Budget should be raised from $35,000 to $38,000 increasing the levy amount by $3,000. Discussion followed.
Carole Scott appreciated the Fire Department and the new Town. She said budgeting is new to us all and felt that $38,000 would be a good compromise.
Moderator Ruth explained that the vote would be by written ballot by writing Yes to accept and No to reject the motion. Those eligible to vote voted by written ballot. The results of the vote: 34 Yes, 12 No, and 1 spoiled. Motion carried.
The budget was approved and the levy amount of $52,658 will be sent to the St. Louis County Auditor by September 16, 2002.
The next annual meeting will be the second Tuesday in March 2003 at 8:15PM.
There being no further business the Reconvened Annual Meeting was adjourned by Moderator Ruth at 9:45PM
Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk Ruth Carlson, Moderator