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2/10/15 Minutes




February 10, 2015



The February 10, 2015 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including: Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, and 2 members of the community.





Additions to the Agenda:  The Midwest Assistance Program Survey was added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 1/13/2015 Board of Supervisors’ & 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:  Costin Group – $1,000.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $85.00; St. Louis County Auditor – $88.35; CLVTB – $321.21; Fryberger, Buchanan – $1,317.00; Shannon Bibeau – $240.00; and Payroll – $524.59.  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.

Fund Transfers – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to transfer $1,067.32 from the Community Property Project Fund to the General Fund and $3,541.65 from the Fire Fund to the General 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.





Land Exchange/Community Property Project: The Board discussed a letter received from Fryberger, Buchanan with follow-up questions and concerns regarding the Land Exchange. There was a typo in the legal descriptions in the exchange deed, which will need to be corrected.  The Clerk will advise Fryberger that the corrections will need to be made and suggest that Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp. (CLSLC) attorney Huck Andresen be consulted.  Ruth L Carlson reported that the USFS overcharged the CLSLC and would be sending a check; the amount is minimal.


Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  There was no report.


Crane Lake Road Repair:  There was no report.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:  There was no report.



Frontier Internet:  Jim reported that he received a telephone call from Minnesota Broadband advising that $19.4 million had been awarded to help 17 entities in Minnesota develop broadband infrastructure in their communities.  Jim attended the award meeting and learned that Crane Lake would be one of the first areas of the project to be updated.  Updating should take place sometime this summer.


UTV Use on Vermilion Falls Road:  Committee Chair Bruce Beste reported that a committee meeting was held on February 4th to solidify discussion topics in preparation for a meeting at the Cook USFS office with Andrew Johnson on February 24th.  About four committee members will attend.  Letters were prepared to be sent by business owners, the Township, and the Committee supporting the use of ATV’s and UTV’s on forest service roads in the area.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, approving the letter to be sent by the Town.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Costin Group Report:  There was no report.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2015



Community Action Plan:  Butch reported that he met with Mary Somnis and Whitney Ridlon of the IRRRB on Thursday.  Jo Ann attended the meeting via telephone.  The IRRRB guidelines were reviewed for a Comprehensive Plan, which is required to receive grants or loans through the IRRRB.  The Comprehensive Plan could be done in three different ways:  1) by the IRRRB at no charge with a lot of volunteer work; 2) by contracting with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) for a $10,000 fee of which the Town would pay $3,500; or 3) contract with a consulting firm.  The Board agreed that the Town did not have the volunteer resources to complete a Comprehensive Plan and suggest that two consulting firms be contacted for proposals.  S.E.H Engineering and Community Growth Institute will be contacted. The ARDC will also be contacted to confirm the above information. The title Community Action Plan will be changed to Comprehensive Plan.





Midwest Assistance Program Survey:  The Board completed the survey destined to influence decisions at the national level regarding the destiny of Rural America.


Other New Business:  There was none.


Comments from Officers:  There were none.


Public Comments:  There were none.



Next Meeting:    Annual Town Meeting – March 10, 2015 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, March 10, 2015 –  Immediately Following




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.








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.