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February 12, 2019

The February 12, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman  at 5:53PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including: Supervisors Katie Congdon, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and 4 members of the community. 


Additions to the Agenda:  New Computers was added to New Business.

Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Katie, to approve the minutes of the 1/8/19 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. – $450.24; St. Louis County Auditor – $9.90; Costin Group, Inc. – $1,250.00;  Lake Country Power – $146.56; CLVTB – $322.47; and Payroll – $560.67.  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 Jerry, supported by Katie, to transfer the following to the General Fund:  $802.35 from Community Property Project Fund; $922.44 from Bond-Community Property Project Fund; and $10, 230.40 from Fire 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:  There was no report.

VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:   Committee Report:  Jim & Gretchen Janssen will be going to St. Paul tomorrow to support Gary Cerkvenik and Senator Bakk with the presentations to acquire $1.2 million for the DNR boat ramp and related projects on the DNR boat ramp property.  Andrea Wedul provided conceptual designs of the Visitor Center to be used in their presentations.

ATV Use:  Bruce Beste was not present to report.  Traci reported that the meetings with the legislature last week went well.  The permits for wet lands are moving along rapidly.

Trails Report:  There was no report. 

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:  S.E.H. is reworking the scope of work to scale the project back to fit with the available funding.  Project bidding should take place soon in anticipation of starting work in the spring.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve the Clerk’s signature of the IRRRB contract amendment extending the contract to the end of 2019.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 

Scott’s Seaplane Base:  A motion was made by Katie, supported by Jim, to send the revised letter of state grant request

for the feasibility study for a publicly owned seaplane base in Crane Lake to the MN Office of Aeronautics.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to sign the Architect/Engineer Agreement between the Consultant – S.E.H. and the Owner – Crane Lake Township for the Crane Lake Feasibility Study.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Voyageurs Affairs Meeting 1/25/19 – Report:  Katie reported that the VNP is working on a trail at Mukooda Lake and that they talked about the Heart of the Continent’s interest in ‘dark lighting’ for towns so tourists can see stars at night.

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – February 12, 2019


Heart of the Continent Annual Dues:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve payment of the Heart of the Continent dues amounting to $100.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

New Computers:  The Township will request two bids for two new laptops for the Township.  Jim will assist the Clerk in computer purchase. 

Other New Business: None        

Comments from Officers:  There were none.

Public Comments:  Lori Sanborn stated that the Township website needed updating.   

Next Meeting:    Annual Township Meeting – March 12, 2019 – 5:30PM, Fellowship Hall

                        Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – Immediately Following.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:25PM.

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.