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4/8/14 Minutes





April 8, 2014




The April 8, 2014 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry 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 (via Skype for portions of the meeting) and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Shannon Bibeau, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman and 2 members of the community.








Additions to the Agenda:  Cook Library Donation was added to New Business.




Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 3/11/14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




Treasurer’s Report – Shannon read the March Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Postmaster – $49.00; Jeff Sanborn – $50.00; IRS – $410.09; CL Sustainable Land Corp. – $350.00; Jim Janssen – $130.88; Jerry Pohlman – $20.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $208.67; Costin Group – $2,000.00; CLVTB – $1,390.96 and Payroll – $566.00.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, 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.










Land Exchange/Community Property Project: Ruth L. Carlson reported that the Exchange is expected to be completed by the final quarter of 2014.  Legal work is being processed by the Town Board attorney to transfer title of property owned by the Town of Crane Lake to the Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corporation.  This step is required by the Forest Service to comply with the FS’s policy of dealing with one entity.  A resolution will need to be passed by the Board for the signing of the deeds.  Closing Consultant Deena Congdon has worked with Forest Service Reality Specialist Elizabeth Schleif by going over the punch list, checking what needs to be done for completion.  The Forest Service is working on the needed requirements.  A letter of explication on the entire exchange has been sent to Representative Richard Nolan by Brenda Halter, Forest Service Supervisor.  Representative Nolan has been advised to contact Elizabeth Schleif should he have any questions.  At this time the only action required by the Board will be to pass the resolution for the signing of the deeds. The punch list was included with Ruth’s report.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim (via Skype), to adopt Resolution No. 2014-05 Resolution of the Town of Crane Lake for Conveyance of Real Estate.  Jerry and Jim voted in favor, Arthur (Butch) abstained and the motion carried.




Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  There was no report.




Crane Lake Road Repair:  Road Repair Committee member Deena Congdon provided St. Louis County Brian Boder’s proposed projects and map for the road from Orr to Crane Lake.  The road is divided into three segments.  The first segment (about 6 miles) coming from Orr is federally funded Reclaim & Overlay; the second segment (about 10.5 miles) is a federally funded Overlay project; and the third (about 11.5 miles) is an unfunded Overlay project.  The Township is requesting that shoulders be added to the road when the work is performed. The County would need to determine if shoulders are warranted.  The Board requested that the information from the County be forwarded to Gary Cerkvenik and that a trail system be considered also.  Deena will also forward the information with a cover letter to Portage Township, Leiding Township and others that may be supportive of the effort.










Tobacco License Approvals:  A motion was made by Jim (via Skype), supported by Butch, knowing that he had a conflict as an owner of Nelson’s Resort, to adopt Resolution No. 2014-04 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Nelson’s Resort, Inc. d/b/a Nelson’s Resort, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December 2014.  Jim and Butch voted in favor, Jerry abstained and the motion carried.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – April 8, 2014






Tobacco License Approvals (Cont.):  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2014-03 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Scotts of Crane Lake d/b/a Scott’s Seaplane Base, Store & Service for the year ending the 31st day of December 2014.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




VNP Visitor Center/Campsite:  A letter of thanks had been sent to Mike Ward for his interest in a VNP Visitor Center/Campsite in Crane Lake.  Another letter will be written advising that Crane Lake would like ample discussion opportunity for input into the Visitor Center/Campsite.  Mr. Ward will be invited to the May meeting to present any updates, if available and to discuss the scheduling of a public meeting during the summer.




Costin Group Contract:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to sign the Consultant Agreement provided by Gary Cerkvenik of the Costin Group and forward to Mr. Cerkvenik for his signature and return.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




LogMeIn Computer Program:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to add the LogMeIn computer program to the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s computers for remote access for problem resolution when needed at the cost of $49.00.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




Donation Request – Cook Library:  The Board agreed not to donate at this time.




Other New Business:  There was none.




Comments from Officers:  Butch thanked Deena for following through on the road project and the land exchange.  He also reminded all of Clean-Up Day on April 26th at 3PM. 




Public Comments: Ruth L. Carlson reminded everyone that there will be a Voyageur Days & Boat Races meeting at her house at 9:30AM on Friday, April 11th.  She also reminded everyone that she would be sending out an email each month beginning in May updating everyone on events in Crane Lake, and asked that information be sent to her.  She also wished to thank Deena for her work on the land exchange and wanted her to take her new title of Closing Consultant to heart.   Another reminder is that there will be a Birthday Party for Sandra Bodkin at the Bar & Grill on Saturday, April 12th beginning at 6PM.  




Next Meeting:    Board of Appeal Meeting, May 1, 2014 , 1PM – Fellowship Hall


Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, April 8, 2014 –  Fellowship Hall










There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.
















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.