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6/9/20 Minutes



June 9, 2020

The June 9, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Jim Janssen at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Kara Knutson and Jim Janssen; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman and one member of the community.  Supervisor Jerry Pohlman was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.

Minutes – A motion was made by Kara, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 5/21/20 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: Costin Group – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $146.56; Jeff Truebenbach – $175.00; St. Louis County – $52.00; and Payroll – $609.80.  A motion was made by Kara, 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.


Costin Group Report:    There was no new report. 

VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:   

Committee Report:  Deena emailed the following report:  Kristen contacted me and said she would sell her home. She would take $325,000 and a non-refundable 10% down no- refundable deposit to hold the property for one year. 

I contacted Gary Cerkvenik. The funding from This LCCMR grant cannot be used for her home purchase. This funding, when or if it goes through, will be a year away and to be used for campground development. Maybe IRRRB has funding but most likely funds would not be available for 3 years for her home purchase.

Please let me know your thoughts. I do not know what other options are available for funding. If the town acquired the home, do they want to rent the house until the space is needed? And for sure it would be important to find out if the easement that crosses private land follows to the new owners and the widths work for roads or paths that are wanted to connect the DNR to the towns land.

Grounds Clean-up: No Report.

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 and send their recommendations to the Board.  After Board review, the draft CIC will be sent to the Shucks for their review.

ATV Use: There was no report.  There is a meeting at Voyagaire on 6/10/30.

Trails Report:  The following communication between Tim Engrav, USFS, and Deena Congdon was provided by Deena:  We have not spoke in awhile regarding trails in the Crane Lake area. I am checking in to see if there are any changes planned for the Vermillion Gorge hiking trail this year. We have also spoke in the past about cleaning up a trail that is on the point of land between Handbergs and Nelsons resort. A  previous owner prior to the land becoming forest Service land had developed trails on the land. This would be a good trail to access by watercraft and it can eventually connect to the Hunter  walking trail near the corner of Nelson Rd and the Crane Lake Rd. Maybe the trail could be developed for hiking and trail  bicycles?  I believe the township had sent a letter in the past in support of this idea. What is next step from us? 

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.

Minutes – June 9, 2020 Town of Crane Lake Meeting

IRRRB Voyageur Statue Work: Rob Scott provided the following report:  I think we are getting close to finishing. Trent needs to put up the kiosk he is building.  Art Driggs is finishing out the electrical.  Ronnie will install the restroom.  Jim J. is on the flag poles and picnic tables.  I need to watch work and get invoices into IRRRB by the end of June.

Scott’s Seaplane Base:  There was no new report.

Neighborhood Watch Report:  There has been no new activity in the area.

COVID-19:  Item will be removed from the Agenda.

MPCA-Ground Water Monitoring – Former Borderland Property:  The following information was provided by Brad Ullery of Braun Intertec, providing the work for the MPCA:  June 4th and 5th – Installation of the 3 monitoring wells.  June 8th –Development of the 3 monitoring wells.  June 10th – Groundwater sample collection of all 6 wells.  Tentative: Once we get reports written and the MPCA hires a remediation contractor, we should be returning in August to perform a pilot test to see if the planned technology will work. There will be multiple sampling of groundwater events after that into the end of the year. I will keep you apprised of progress and work.

Fourth of July Celebration:  The Board is going forward with the permitting process for the fireworks in anticipation of the event happening on July 4th at dusk, as usual.  Posters have been distributed about a boat parade in addition to the Gold Coast Road parade. 


State Demographic Center Estimates:  Annual population and household estimates were provided to the Township Board for review and comment.

Other New Business: None       

Comments from Officers:  There were none.

Public Comments:  There were none.

Next Meeting:   Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – July14, 2020 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00PM.

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.