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5/12/15 Minutes




May 12, 2015



The May 12, 2015 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Jim Janssen at 7:40PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Butch Eggen, and Jim Janssen; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, and 1 member of the community. Supervisor Jerry Pohlman was absent.





Additions to the Agenda:  There were no additions.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 4/14/2015 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the 5/7/15 Board of Appeals 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:  Costin Group – $1,000.00; Express Print One – $86.50; Lutefisk Tech. – $31.90; Timberjay – $98.20; Postmaster – $49.00; CL Voyageur Days – $2,500.00; CLVTB – $6,315.53; and Payroll – $732.37.  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.


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 Melissa of Fryberger, Buchanan had sent a letter to Huck Andresen notifying him of the legal description error and asking that he take steps to correct the error. Ruth will contact Mr. Andresen as a follow-up to the letter.  Frontier is requesting a refund of a portion of the amount they paid the Township for an easement that was found to be partially on Deena Congdon’s land.  The Town will refund Frontier 40% of the $1,000 that was received by the Town.  Melissa provided documents for approval and signature.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to accept and sign the Lease Agreement between the Town of Crane Lake and the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department; and accept and sign the Roadway and Pipeline Easement Agreement entered into by the Town of Crane Lake and the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  There was no report.


Costin Group Report:  Gary Cerkvenik reported that he had worked with folks on the ATV/UTV issue on Forest Roads, including Bruce Beste; had communicated with Rep. Dill and County officials on ATVs; worked on Coast Guard issues related to commercial crafts; and worked on funding for the VNP presence.  The Board discussed the letter from the Star Tribune requesting information under the MN Data Practices Act related to the Costin Group. An email will be sent to the Star Tribune explaining the Township policy for copy and labor charges.


Crane Lake Road Repair:  There was no report.


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


Frontier Internet:  Jim attended the meeting regarding broadband in townships.  A resolution of participation was requested.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution #2015-06 – A Resolution of Participation in the Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC) Broadband Project Titled NESC/Frontier Border to Border Phase 1; supporting the initiatives for the Project including connection of the township meeting place and the fire hall.   All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2015



UTV Use on Vermilion Falls Road:  Committee Chair Bruce Beste was not present to report.  Traci reported that the ATV club has 100 members and they are making posters to put up around the community.  There will be a meeting on May 27th with the DNR and the USFS.


Crane Lake Comprehensive Plan:  Applied Insights North is structuring research and laying out the format for work maps.





Summer Short Course:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve expenses for anyone wishing to attend the Summer Short Course in Carlton on June 25th.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Other New Business:  Jim relayed the Chapel Board’s requested that the June 9th Board of Supervisors’ Meeting be moved to the Fire Hall to accommodate the Chapel’s Annual Meeting on that date.


Comments from Officers:  There were none.


Public Comments:  There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, June 9, 2015, 7:30PM – Fire Hall




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM.








Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                  Jim Janssen, Vice-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.