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5/9/17 Minutes




May 9, 2017



The May 9, 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 8 members of the community.





Additions to the Agenda: Variance Application and Classification of State Tax Forfeited Land were added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 4/11/17 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the 4/11/17 Board of Appeal 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 – $1,250.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $33.90 & $282.70; Crane Lake Voyageur Days – $2,000.00;  CLVTB – $316.69; and Payroll – $881.97.  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.




Street Lighting: Art Driggs spoke to those present explaining that he had been working on the project for about a year with Lake Country Power.  He explained that the lights would provide both safety and curb appeal for the Gold Coast Road.  Lake Country Power has proposed a standard length arm of 3’ long at $150 per light.  Art felt 13 lights would be needed to begin at the culvert and continue to just beyond Voyagaire. They would have 73 watt LED’s.  The electric bill each month would be $10.50 plus tax per light.  There was discussion among those present and there was community agreement to go forward with the project.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to spend the money for the street light project with Art Driggs continuing to lead the project.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund: There was no report.


Costin Group Report: There was no report.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: The Application for RTCA assistance is in process.  Holly Larson, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program has asked that the Township hold off on completion of the application for the present.  Jim will follow up with Holly.  A letter was received from VNP Superintendent Bob DeGross recognizing the need for visitor facilities and services in each of the gateway communities surrounding the Park.


Frontier Internet: Jim reported that Frontier had been finishing the cut overs in the area.  Speeds have increased in Buyck and should soon increase in Crane Lake.


ATV Use: Bruce Beste reported that the annual meeting would be at Trails End at 7PM Wednesday, May 10th. The map should be ready for distribution at the end of the month. Placards with trail names, trail length and GPS have been installed. Benchmark Engineering is reviewing the bridge work project. The picnic area at Vermilion Falls will be expanded to include 6 to 8 picnic tables. The club is waiting for the Governor’s signature on funding.


Trails Report: Some members of the Committee explored a trail option from the Herriman Lake parking lot to Chaffee Point determining that it is feasible to have a trail there.


Land Use Project: Butch spoke to Andy Hubley of the ARDC regarding the land exchange property and forwarded the U of M information provided by C.J. Fernandez to him.  Butch will call Andy.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – May 9, 2017



Speed Signs on Gold Coast Road: A large sign across from Ollie Eggen’s garage was suggested asking drivers to slow down.  The County did say that they would be reassessing speed limits after the completion of the road project from Orr to Crane Lake.  The County will be contacted to possibly install a radar system to tell drivers their speed.


Weed Inspection: Traci is unable to fit weed inspection into her summer schedule.  There are no other volunteers at present.





IRRRB Resolution for Voyageur Statue Project: A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution #2017-04 Authorizing the Application To and Acceptance of Funds from the IRRRB.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Speed Hump Storage: The County has requested that the Town take over storage of the speed humps.  It was suggested that they could be stored at the Groomer Garage.  Jim will talk to the County.


Greenwood Township Letter of Support Request: The Board did not approve Greenwood Township’s request of support of the current legislation in which a city or town ask to be annexed to the hospital district.


Variance Application: A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to write a letter to St. Louis County in support of Mike Cournoyer’s application for a variance to expand his cabin.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Classification of State Tax Forfeited Land: A letter will be written to St. Louis County requesting clarification on the classification of State tax forfeited properties to non-conservation as it applies to Highland Park on Bear Island.


Other New Business:


Comments from Officers: There were none.


Public Comments: Jeff Erickson asked about acquiring an AED device. He was advised to contact a Fire Department member prior to their meeting tomorrow evening.



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



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.







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.