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2/11/20 Minutes

                                                 TOWN OF CRANE LAKE


February 11, 2020

The February 11, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 6:00PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including: Supervisors Kara Knutson, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; and Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.

Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to approve the minutes of the 1/14/20 Board of Supervisors’ and Reorganization Meeting.   All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report –The January Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: St. Louis County Assoc. of Twps. – $451.50; Backus Community Center – $100.00; Postmaster – $55.00; Costin Group, Inc. – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $146.56; Ty Shuck – $600.00; Jeff Truebenbach – $1,950.00; Randy Daniels Trucking – $1,918.88; S.E.H. – $7,035.00 & $4,690.00; CLVTB – $379.53; and Payroll – $609.80.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 

Fund Transfers:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to transfer the following:  $1,022.00 from the Community Property Project Fund to the General Fund; $11,929.50 from the Fire Fund to the General Fund; $1,955.38 from the General Fund to the Bond-Community Property Project Fund; and $2,820.00 from the General Fund to the Statue Project Fund.  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.


Costin Group Report:  Gary Cerkvenik provided the following via email:  Governor Walz included our request for $6.6 million in bonding as a grant to CL Twp. to build the campground, visitor center, and boat ramp.  $1 million is also in the bill for the VCATV.  Another email from Gary addressed to Scott Kelling of the DNR stated that we have a proposal into the LCCMR which should make the House and Senate LCCMR bills to fund $3.1 million for the same.  Because Gary does not believe those full amounts will be granted, he suggested working with Scott and the DNR to advance those proposals.  Gary wished to get a small amount from the Water Recreation account for the DNR boat ramp showing support for the total project. He asked if the DNR would object to asking for $100,000 from the Water Recreation account to match state bonding and LCCMR resources and asked if Bakk and Ecklund’s support could be requested.

VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:   Committee Report:  Kara spoke to Kristin Scott about her interest in selling her property to the Township to provide a connection between the old Borderland property and the DNR Public Water Access.  Kristin said she was open to discussion.  The Board would consider the possibility of a ‘first right of refusal’ agreement.

Grounds Clean-up: No Report

Docks:  No Report

CIC Covenants/Unit 13:  Deena’s questions responding to the revised CIC draft sent by Brian Lindsey of Trenti Law Firm where sent to Brian.  No response was received from Brian in time for the meeting.

ATV Use:  Bruce Beste was not present to report. A $100,000 IRRRB grant was awarded to the VCATV Club for construction of the segment of trail between Vermilion Falls Road and Gold Coast Road.  The Twp. is the sponsor for the grant; but the County has the construction contract.  An agreement needs to be in place that outlines how the County & VCATV Club convey grant funds to pay the Contractor. The County provided a draft of a Cooperative Agreement between St. Louis County and the Township to receive and administer the IRRRB grant funds for the ATV trail segment and elevated Boardwalk from Vermilion Falls Road to Gold Coast Road.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to approve signature of the Agreement upon receipt of the final draft.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Trails Report:  There was no report. 

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – February 11, 2020

Land Use Project:  Because the community is so involved in developing the Visitor Center/Campground area, the development of the Land Exchange area will be addressed later on.

IRRRB Voyageur Statue Work:  There is $7,016.10 remaining in the Statue Project IRRRB grant fund.  The grant expired on 12/31/19.  The IRRRB has requested any invoices dated prior to 12/31/19 to be submitted for reimbursement prior to closing out the grant.  Rob Scott is communicating with the IRRRB.

Scott’s Seaplane Base:  Following the presentation by Kaci Nowicki of S.E.H. prior to this meeting, updating the community on the Feasibility Study a date was set for the next community update – 4/14/20 at 4PM prior to the Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting at the Fellowship Hall.

Neighborhood Watch Report:  Jerry called Commissioner Paul McDonald’s office regarding signage for the community.  No response was received in time for the meeting.


Election Judge Appointments:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Kara, to approve the Clerk’s recommendation for election judge appointments for the Presidential Primary Elections.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Board of Appeal Meeting Date & Time:  The date and time set by the County is 4/16/20 – 1PM at the Fellowship Hall.

Other New Business: None       

Comments from Officers:  Jo Ann reminded everyone to vote at the Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Polls will be open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM at the Fellowship Hall.

Public Comments:  There were none.   

Next Meeting:   Annual Township Meeting – March 10, 2020 – 5:30PM, Fellowship Hall

                        Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – Immediately Following.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:35PM.

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.