Minutes of a special meeting of the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council held December 4, 2013 at Nett Lake, Minnesota.

 

Meeting called to order at 9:16 a.m.

 

Invocation by Gene Goodsky.

 

Members Present:            Kevin W. Leecy; David C. Morrison, Sr.; Brandon Benner;

                                                      Karlene Chosa; Ray Toutloff

 

Members Absent:             None

 

Others Present:                  Corey Strong; Mark Anderson; Gene Goodsky; Vicki Villebrun; Andy Datko; Donald Chosa Jr.; Justin Boness; Peggy Connor; Karen Drift; Mary Strong; Angela Wright; Joel Astleford; Eddie Chavers; Evertt Huismann; Carol Burr; Tom Burr; Miranda Lilya; Oneka Wilkerson; Jeneal Goggleye; Billie Mason; Josh Strong; Linda Tibbetts-Barto; Dorothea Kletschka; Dawn Benner; Bill Whiteman; Kim Greiner; Tara Geshick; Beverly Steel; Edith Villebrun; Derrick LaRoque; Wendy Thompson; Gordon Adams Jr.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to approve the agenda with the following additions: 1) Kim Greiner with a request to sole source the security system for the Bois Forte Police Department, 2) Tara Geshick with a joint powers agreement, and 3) Mark Anderson with a resolution for loan financing for the Y-Store project.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the minutes of a special meeting held November 20, 2013 at the Lake Vermilion Sector of the Bois Forte Reservation, Minnesota with the following two corrections:  1) on page 3, the paragraph where it says Ray Toutloff made a motion to amend the social media policy, Ray said he was clarifying the language of an amendment to the wording of the social media policy, that he made the motion later, and 2) on page 5, 3rd paragraph from the bottom of the page in regard to #53-2014, it is not the land by the Y-Store, it is the parcel right next to Fortune Bay golf course.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Elders Committee:  Donald Chosa Jr. said on Saturday, November 23 there was a presentation in Grand Rapids on the Great Hurt (boarding schools) and the elders want to thank Fortune Bay for the use of their van for transporting the elders to it. 

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Donald Chosa Jr. also wants everyone to know there will be elders bingo on December 19 after dinner that day.

 

Chairman Leecy asks the elders if it is possible to do the quarterly council/elder meeting at 9 a.m. on December 13 before the Elders Holiday Dinner.  Elders say yes.

 

Justin Boness asks about snow removal.  He said those shoveling elders (Shane or whoever is on that program) said they are shoveling people out who have young people living there that can shovel.

 

Carol Burr said the elder worker in Nett Lake does all the elders regardless of who lives in the house.  Vermilion does things different.  Housing is working on a priority list because Shane is the only worker in Nett Lake and there are a lot of elders.

 

Chairman Leecy said to prioritize those elders that might need to get out in an emergency and who don’t have assistance in the house.   Then go from there.

 

Peggy Connor said last year there were more workers.  Carol Burr said there will be and that will be posted by the end of the week.

 

Peggy Connor their pie sale fundraiser raided $573.00.  She thanks the community who bought the pies.

 

Peggy Connor said there were a couple emergencies over the weekend that had to do with drugs and people selling them.  Peggy would like to council to do something.

 

Chairman Leecy said the council is aware of it and talked about it.  The new police chief will be starting soon and that is one of the issues he was made aware of.

 

Karlene Chosa wants in the minutes:  The new chief of police will be taking the position in January, but one of the things that she would like to see happen that was previously done with the last chief of police, he emailed the council on a weekly basis if something that happened  just to give the council and the executive director a heads up  on the issues that happened during the weekend or if the council needed to be alerted about anything.  Karlene would like to see that happen again in case the council  get calls.

 

Carol Burr said there are a lot of complaints and when she talks to the tenants she asks them if they called the police.  She told them if no one calls the police then it is being allowed to happen.

 

 

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 New tribal government employees:  Jeneal Goggleye introduces Dorothea Kletschka who is the new ICWA Associate and Oneka Wilkerson who is the new Pharmacy Technician.  Billie Mason introduces Derrick LaRoque who is the new Head Start Teacher.  Eddie Chavers introduces Evertt Huismann who is the new Network Engineer.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #55-2014, residential lease, Nancy Rowlette Anderson.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by Karlene Chosa; to adopt resolution #56-2014, residential lease, Dawn Norton-Deveau.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #57-2014, lease cancellation, Rosemary King, and resolution #58-2014, residential lease, Rosemary King.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the purchase of seven trucks from Washke Family Chevrolet in Cook MN for the Housing Department.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the request from Kim Greiner to have Ewald Enterprises be the sole source vendor for the surveillance expansion at the Bois Forte Police Department.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

A Bois Forte Street Naming Committee was appointed by the Tribal Council to select names for the new streets at Vermilion.  The committee received input from the public and the Elders Committee.  The committee is recommending the following names:  1) Tikinaagan Circle, 2) Maiingan Road, 3) Makwa Drive, 4) Sovereign Drive, 5) Migizi Way, 6) Giishik Run, 7) Zhingoob Road, 8) Gabewin Drive, 9) Carls Way, 10) Sandy Bottom Road, 11) Pond Road, and 12) Sema Road.  Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #59-2014, new names of streets at Vermilion as recommended by the street naming committee.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Brandon Benner; to approve the Joint Powers Agreement with the State of Minnesota for DNR Forestry forest development projects (such as aerial seeding for black spruce regeneration).  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by Karlene Chosa; to adopt resolution #60-2014, Y-Store loan from the Northern State Bank of Ashland.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adjourn the meeting at 9:56 a.m.  Carried 4-0-0.