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5/21/20 Minutes

                                                 TOWN OF CRANE LAKE


May 21, 2020

The May 21, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 5:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by 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 4/14/20 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.   All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report –The April Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: RAMS – $150.00; Kara Knutson – $75.00; CNH – $63.00; MATIT – $813.00; Victor Lundeen – $283.92; Jim Janssen – $246.95; Lutefisk Tech. – $33.90; Costin Group – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $146.56; CLVTB – $956.78; S.E.H. – $4,690.00; and Payroll – $976.90.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, 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.

The Agenda has been rearranged from this point on to accommodate the possibility of some Board members needing to leave for other appointments.


Fourth of July Celebration:  The Board will go forward with the permitting process for the fireworks in anticipation of the event happening on July 4th at dusk, as usual.  There has been talk about the parade, which is not a Township event.  The Board’s thought is that an alternative plan, should parades not be allowed due to COVID-19, be considered.


COVID-19:  A motion was made by Jim to adopt Resolution #2020-06 stating that The Town of Crane Lake Supports Bars and Restaurants Opening for Inside Dining, Providing that CDC and MDH Guidelines are Followed for Social Distancing and Sanitation. Jerry supported the Resolution.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Frontier Bankruptcy:  A letter was received from Fair Harbor offering a cash-out option to the Township to purchase unpaid rents at 52% of the allowed amount.  The Board opted not to participate.

MPCA-Ground Water Monitoring – Former Borderland Property:  The MPCA is investigating and taking corrective action in response to a release of petroleum from a tank owned by Borderland.  The property is now owned by the Township.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to sign the MPCA Access Agreement to perform the work.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Costin Group Report:    This from the LCCMR – Your proposal 2021-420 (Crane Lake Voyageurs National Park Campground & Visitors Center) has been received by LCCMR staff. We will be in touch with any questions and to notify you of any action taken on your proposal.

VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:   

Committee Report:  Gretchen Janssen has joined the Committee and Jeff Miller has stepped down.

Grounds Clean-up: No Report.

Minutes – May 21, 2020 Town of Crane Lake Meeting

Docks:  No Report.

CIC Covenants/Unit 13:  Deena’s questions responding to the revised CIC draft sent by Bryan Lindsay of Trenti Law Firm were addressed and the CIC was updated.  The Committee will need to review the revised draft.

ATV Use:  No Report

Trails Report:  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: No Report.

Scott’s Seaplane Base:  No Report.

Neighborhood Watch Report:  Signs have been placed.

COVID-19:  Above.

Other New Business: None       

Comments from Officers:  There were none.

Public Comments:  There were none.

Next Meeting:   Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – June 9, 2020 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:05PM.

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.