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6/11/19 Minutes



June 11, 2019

The June 11, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Katie Congdon, Jim Janssen & Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and 3 members of the community. 


Additions to the Agenda:  Computer annual service/maintenance agreement was added to New Business

Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Katie, to approve the minutes of the 5/14/19 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report –The May Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: Lutefisk Tech. – $86.25; Costin Group – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $146.56; St. Louis County Auditor – $52.00 & $180.00; Watering Can – $890.83; CLVTB – $17.04; and Payroll – $599.81.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Katie, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills, with the exception of Lutefisk Tech., which is under review.  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.


Costin Group Report:  An email dated 6/11/19 from Gary Cerkvenik stated the following:  There will be a presentation before the LCCMR on Thursday, June 27th at 3:30PM in Room 5 of the State Office Bldg. in St. Paul.  Copies of the visitor center/campground plan have been sent to the LCCMR.  Gary requested that two people from Crane Lake attend for the 20-minute presentation.  Bob DeGross and Christina Hausman are invited to attend as additional support.  The Township is requesting $1.2 million for visitor center and campground site preparation; and $2.4 million for campground construction.  Visitor center and boat ramp construction money is not being requested at this time; a request for 2020 capital bonding funds is being prepared for those.  The Board is considering who will be able to attend the presentation.

VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: 

Committee Report: There was no report. Janis LaDouceur and Andrea Wedul have been invited to present their designs to the community.  The Board was unable to set a date for June; changing the July Board of Supervisors’ meeting from Tuesday, the 9th to Monday, the 8th is being considered.

Grounds Clean-up:  Bruce Beste will mow the former Borderland property again and ask Randy Clemmer to mow that area in the future.  Bruce Beste also requested Commissioner Paul McDonald to look at providing a couple loads of Class 5 for a parking area near the docks.

Docks:  Bruce Beste will look into what repair is needed and dock use inquiry signs have been made. 

CIC Covenants/Unit 13:  The CIC/Covenants Committee – consisting of Jerry Pohlman, Butch Eggen and Deena Congdon – discussed the CIC Covenants throughout the month via email.  An email from the Township’s attorney advised the need to formally amend the Declaration under Section 15 to allow the Township to use the property for park purposes which is currently not allowed under Section 7, Restrictions on the Use of Property.  Further, the Town Board should also consider the termination of the CIC with the understanding that prior to terminating the CIC the Township would need to work out any necessary terms with the other property owner for access, use of docks, etc.  If the parties agree to terminate the CIC, then there would be no need to undertake amending the CIC.  Jerry will communicate with the Township’s attorney again to clarify the removal of covenants and St. Louis County rules on CIC retention or removal. 

ATV Use: 

Report:  Bruce Beste reported that $2.3 million was awarded to construct trails between this year and next year.  There are three trails to complete.  The DNR intends to provide grant and aid for maintenance.  St. Louis County will be the fiscal sponsor of the grant and aid.  Challenges remain with the USFS for final land use agreement. 

ATV Fall Ride:  There is a lot of interest in the September Ride and Rally.  80 VIP’s have been invited.  The ATVAM chairman will come to Crane Lake to review event preparation. 

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – June 11, 2019

Trails Report:  There was nothing new to 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:  The bid for the project was awarded to Rutchasky Enterprises.  The project will include the installation of a restroom facility.  An additional $20,000 should be received soon for items not included in the previous grant to cover things like picnic tables, etc. 

Scott’s Seaplane Base:  There was nothing new to report.

Credit Card for Township:  There was no action.


2018 Population & Household Estimates (FYI):  The annual letter from the MN State Demographic Center was received with the 2018 population and household estimates to be reviewed by the County Auditor.

Computer Annual Service/Maintenance Agreement:  The Board considered a proposal sent by Lutefisk Technologies for annual maintenance of the new computers.  The Board agreed that it was not necessary.

Other New Business:  There was none.

Comments from Officers:  Jo Ann relayed a message from the CLWSD that an additional $600,000 in Legacy Funds is being awarded to the District for future ISTS construction.  Also, St. Louis County is now providing a dumpster at the Portage Transfer Station for cardboard recycling.

Public Comments:  There were none.

Next Meeting:   Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – July 9, 2019 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall (May be changed to July 8th)

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.

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.