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5/13/14 Minutes





May 13, 2014




The May 13, 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, and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Shannon Bibeau, and Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman.










Additions to the Agenda:  Early Tax Distribution was added to New Business.




Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 4/8/14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the 5/1/14 Board of Appeals Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




Treasurer’s Report – Shannon read the April Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Cook News-Herald – $122.50; Shannon Bibeau – $20.18; Lutefisk Tech. – $91.80; Costin Group – $1,000.00; Crane Lake Voyageur Days – $1,500.00 & $2,500.00; Fryberger, Buchanan – $243.75; Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe – $212.50; CL Sustainable Land Corp. – $250.00; CLVTB – $463.22 and Payroll – $956.89.  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 provided the following report: At this time we are in the process of preparing for the closing of the land exchange.   Our Closing Consultant Deena Congdon is working with Elisabeth Schleif, Realty Specialist, US Forest Service on the punch list. All properties have been transferred into the Corporation as requested by the Forest Service. The last report from Elizabeth confirms that with the snow melting they will be in the field over the course of the next month.  We will be informed when they will begin.  The Forest Service will be able to update the hazmat in house.  The update is required to satisfy the Forest Service’s dates of completion.  There will not be   further expense to the Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corporation for this procedure. Deena will continue to work with Elizabeth to make sure that all items are addressed before the closing.




Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  Butch reported that he spoke to the right-of-way agent at St. Louis County about the placement of the memorial to the south of the culvert on the pond side.  He sent a map of the area near the culvert for the Board to draw a sketch and provide a narrative of plans.  The County will review the plan and will sign it provided it meets all their specifications.  The next step would be to contract with someone to do the landscape work.




Crane Lake Road Repair:  There was no report this month.




VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:  VNP Superintendent Mike Ward was unable to attend the meeting.  A letter will be written inviting Mr. Ward to the June meeting.










Tobacco License Approval:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2014-06 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Scotts Crane Lake Bar & Grill, Inc. d/b/a Scotts Crane Lake Bar & Grill for the year ending the 31st day of December 2014.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




Liquor License Approval:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to grant a request for Combination On/Off-Sale and Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Scotts Crane Lake Bar & Grill, Inc.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.





Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – May 13, 2014






NE MN Sustainable Development Partnership Meeting:  A request was made by Susan Seabury of CRS Marketing, working with the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership, to meet with someone to discuss changes that have taken place in Crane Lake since the 2002 inception of the Township.  Butch and Ruth L. Carlson will plan to meet with Susan.




Costin Group Report:  I have spent time researching potential funding sources for the Township to advance a partnership with the VNP for a larger presence in Crane Lake.  The DNR Game and Fish fund has potential, including the requirement to provide the public, under the fund’s mandate, with increased access to lakes and streams and outdoor activities.  In fact, the resources used by the DNR to purchase the landing in Crane Lake came from this fund, in part.
Further, I’ve communicated with the VNP and DNR on initial ideas for a larger joint presence.  I am in the process of setting up meetings with the VNP to advance the concept.  I also discussed the issues with Rep. Nolan and I’m planning a visit to DC at some point.




AVG Computer Protection Program:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to upgrade the AVG programs on the Treasurer’s and the Clerk’s computers for $66 for two years.  All voted in favor and the motion carried. 




Summer Short Course:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve expenses for any Board member wishing to attend the Short Course in Carlton.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.




Early Tax Distribution:  The Township will not request early tax distribution.




Other New Business:  There was none.




Comments from Officers:  There were none. 




Public Comments: There were none. 






Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, June 10, 2014 –  Fellowship Hall










There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55PM.
















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.