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4/11/17 Minutes




April 11, 2017



The April 11, 2017 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jim Janssen 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 4members of the community.





Additions to the Agenda: Township of Lake Vermilion support request was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the3/14/2017 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report –The March Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: Costin Group – $1,485.40; Timberjay – $139.36; Jeff Sanborn – $50.00; Jo Ann Pohlman – $13.18; IRS – $474.04; CLVTB – $2,306.22; and Payroll – $590.14.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, 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: Butch reported that the County had staked the area last fall.  The next step will be to level the area with a few loads of gravel. Then the area would be seeded or crushed rock would be added.  Deena Congdon suggested that the MPCA be asked about the temporary well in that area that may be removed this fall.


Costin Group Report: Gary Cerkvenik joined the meeting via telephone by chance.  He reminded the Township to complete the steps to access the state Capital Budget System for 2018 grant requests.  He had met with Rep. Nolan regarding USFS participation in the VNP Visitor Center project.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: The Board is currently working on the Application for RTCA assistance with the visitor center project.  The Board advised Deena Congdon that the Letter of Intent to purchase land from Bob Braaten will be signed and sent to her.


Frontier Internet: Jim reported that he had sent an email to Frontier requesting an update and had not received a response.


ATV Use: Bruce Beste reported that they had met with the County. They will help with mapping and it will be on the County website. The Governor’s signature is needed on the bill that recently passed. They have met with Benchmark Engineering regarding bridge work.


Trails Report: The Committee has planned a meeting for April 20, 2017 at 8AM at the Fellowship Hall.


Lodging Tax Follow-Up Letter: All delinquent rental properties have paid their 2016 lodging tax.


Street Lighting: Art Driggs was unable to attend the meeting to present his concept and will be asked to attend the next meeting.


Land Use Project: Butch plans to contact Andy Hubley of the ARDC for input.  It was also recommended that the\publications\crane-lake-design-project link be added to the Township website as a reminder/review of the project performed by C.J. Fernandez of the U of M as part of the Land Exchange process.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2017





Variance Letter for PDGG: A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the letter emailed to the County previously in support of the variance request by PDGG.  Butch and Jerry voted for, Jim abstained and the motion carried.


Tobacco License Approvals: A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution No. 2017-01 to approve the issuance of a tobacco products license for Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. d/b/a Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December, 2017 and Resolution No. 2017-03 to approve the issuance of a tobacco products license for Scotts of Crane Lake d/b/a/ Scotts Seaplane Base, Store & Service for the year ending the 31st day of December, 2017.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.   A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, knowing that he had a conflict as an owner of Nelson’s Resort, to adopt Resolution No. 2017-02 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Nelson’s Resort, Inc. d/b/a as Nelson’s Resort, Inc. for the year ending December 31, 2017.  Jim and Butch voted in favor, Jerry abstained and the motion carried.


Early Distribution of 2017 Tax: The Board declined the early distribution.


Spring Clean-Up Day: There will not be a designated clean-up day; however, citizens are asked to clean-up the roadsides in their areas as they have done in the past.


Speed Signs on Gold Coast Road: Those present discussed options to decrease speed in the Gold Coast Road Area. One suggestion was a slow-down sign across from Butch’s driveway.


Township of Lake Vermilion Support Request: The Board did not approve a letter of support for the Lake Vermilion Township’s request of support of the current legislation in which a city or town MAY ASK to be annexed to the hospital district. They feel that current Minnesota statutes and/or laws should not be changed to include all townships within the hospital district to support the hospital district levy.


Other New Business: There was none.


Comments from Officers: There were none.



Public Comments: Deena Congdon thanked the Board for their work at the Board of Appeal meeting earlier in the day.  Bill Congdon thanked the Board for the variance letter for PDGG.  Bill also suggested that the Township have their own Planning & Zoning Committee.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, May 9, 2017 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                  Jim Janssen, 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.