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1/9/18 Minutes




January 9, 2018


The January 9, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman  at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and 3 members of the community.


Nomination of Chairman and Vice-Chairman:  Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Chairman for 2018.  Butch nominated Jerry Pohlman.  There were no other nominations.   Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Vice – Chairman for 2018.  Jim nominated Butch Eggen.  There were no other nominations.  All voted in favor of Jerry Pohlman as Chairman and Butch Eggen as Vice-Chairman.    Jo Ann turned the meeting over to Chairman Jerry Pohlman.




Additions to the Agenda:  Township Beautification was added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 12/12/17 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the 12/21/17 Special Board Meeting.   All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report –The December Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows:  Costin Group – $1,250.00; St. Louis County Auditor – $80.80; Community Electric – $150.00; Border State Bank – $3,047.50; Jim Janssen – $74.90; Lake Country Power – $146.56; IRS – $424.08; MN Revenue – $186.27; CLVTB – $1,179.86; and Payroll – $914.30.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence was received as read and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.





Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  There was no report.


Costin Group Report:  There was no report.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:  Gretchen Janssen reported to the Board that Holly Larson, Outdoor Recreation Planner of the Rivers, Tails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) had contacted her advising of a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 10th at 4:30PM in Orr.  The meeting would update the Township on progress for potential partners and to begin the process on the visitor center needs of the Township.  Gretchen presented a draft letter to the Board to VNP Superintendent Bob DeGross advising him of the recent land purchase by the Town for a VNP visitor center/campground.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to send the letter to VNP Superintendent Bob DeGross.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


ATV Use:  Bruce Beste was not present to report.  Traci said that the trail behind Voyagaire is moving forward with improvements for multi-use.


Trails Report:  Lori Sanborn will be sending out an email to organize a group to clear the trail at the beginning of Nelson Road.


Land Use Project:  Butch is looking at the option of including the Township’s newly acquired property with the Land Use Project.


IRRRB Voyageur Statue Work:  There was no report.


Tax-Forfeited Land:  The Board agreed that the best option for the property was for St. Louis County to return it to private use.



Town Of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 9, 2018





Tobacco License Renewals:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to adopt Resolution No. 2018-01 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license to Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc. d/b/a Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December 2018.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Liquor License Approvals:  Liquor License Approvals:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to grant requests for renewal of 2018/2019 Off-Sale 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor Licenses for Anderson Outfitters, Inc. and Handberg’s Marine, Inc.; and 2018/2019 On/Off-Sale 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor License for Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.   A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to grant request for renewal of a 2018/2019 Combination On-Sale/Off-Sale and Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor Licenses for Scott’s Crane Lake Bar & Grill and Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor, Jim abstained and the motion carried.   A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, knowing that he had a conflict as an owner of Nelson’s Resort, to grant a request for renewal of 2018/2019 Off-Sale 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor License and 2018/2019 Seasonal On-Sale/Seasonal Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Nelson’s Resort, Inc.  Jim and Jerry voted in favor, Butch abstained and the motion carried.


Government Affairs Group Meeting:  The VNP Local Governmental Affairs Group’s purpose is to discuss issues of interest between the national park, gateway communities and the counties in which the park is located.  Butch volunteered to attend the meetings scheduled for the 3rd Monday of January, May and September.


CIC Covenants/Unit 13:  The Board discussed changes that should be made to the CIC of the newly acquired Braaten property.  It was determined that the Township attorney should be consulted to see what covenants could be changed.


Board of Audit Meeting Date, Time, Location:  The Board of Audit Meeting will be on February 13, 2018, 5:30PM at the Fellowship Hall.


Budget Committee Meeting Date, Time, Location:  The Budget Committee Meeting was set for February 5th, 10AM at the Clerk’s home.


Noxious Weeds Form:  The form will not be completed at this time.


Township Beautification:  Lori Sanborn spoke on behalf of the Crane lake Visitor & Tourism bureau (CLVTB).  The CLVTB suggested that the portion along the road of the newly acquired Braaten property be mowed next summer.  They would like to dialogue with the Township about working together on the project.  A controlled burn of the area by the Fire Department was suggested.  An addition to the budget would need to be considered to finance the mowing and the flower basket expenses.



A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to designate the following for 2018:

Town Board Meetings – Date & Time remains as the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM May through October and 5:30PM November through April, any changes will be posted.

Official Posting Places remain the same as one posting listing all meeting dates for the year at the Church, Post Office & the following businesses when open – Anderson’s, Crane Lake Bar & Grill, Handberg’s, Nelson’s, & Voyagaire.  Changes will be posted as needed.

Legal Representative remains as Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe of St. Michael with the option to consult others on an as-needed basis.

Depository/Bank remains the same as any bank in St. Louis County may be used with Alerus Bank designated as the primary bank.

Fellowship Hall Donation will increase to $700 per year.

Minutes Distribution & Posting Policy remains the same – Minutes are mailed to those supplying the Clerk with stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Minutes are posted at the Post Office, the Church, and on the Website.

Copy & Information Request Policy remains the same – Charge of 25 cents per copy (includes labor) for copy requests & $25 per hour for other labor requests.



Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 9, 2018



Reorganization (Cont.)

Salaries & Meeting Rates change as follows: Supervisors, $40 per meeting; Clerk, $350 per month plus $45 per meeting; Treasurer, $220.00 per month plus $45 per meeting; Election Judges at $10 per hour and $11 per hour after 10PM.

Mileage Reimbursement remains the same to follow State guideline, which fluctuates and at this time is 53.5 cents per mile.

Official Newspaper will be the Cook News Herald as per motion by the Board in 2014 to alternate between the CNH and Timberjay each year.

All voted in favor and the motion carried.


A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, that Committees & Town representation would be as follows:

Budget Committee – The Budget Committee will continue to be made up of One Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer and two members of the community.

VNP Visitor Center/Campground Committee – Deena Congdon and Brenda Pohlman Co-Chair the Committee.  Other members are Kara Knutson, Jeff Miller, Mark Anderson, Bruce Beste, Lori & Jeff Sanborn, and Jim Janssen as ex-officio.

Trails Committee  – Deena Congdon, Gretchen Janssen, Dee Kuder, Jeff Miller, Lori Sanborn & Jo Ann Pohlman


International Rainy Lake Board of Control – Jerry Pohlman as representative.

ATV – Bruce Beste

All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Other New Business: None


Comments from Officers:  Jerry thanked Jim for his past service as Chairman and for all the work he has done on the Braaten land purchase.


Public Comments:  There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Audit Meeting, February 13, 2017 – 5:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, Immediately Following.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                  Jerry Pohlman, Chairman















This draft of the Crane Lake Township minutes has been posted solely for preliminary informational purposes.  Minutes are unofficial and subject to change until they have been approved by the Crane Lake Board of Supervisors.