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6/10/14 Minutes




June 10, 2014


The June 10, 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 and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Shannon Bibeau, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman and one member of the community.

Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.




Additions to the Agenda:  Fireworks was added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 5/13/14 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Shannon read the May Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Costin Group – $1,000.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $108.50; MN Assoc. of Townships Agency – $988.00; St. Louis County Auditor – $50.00 and Payroll – $531.38.  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.





Land Exchange/Community Property Project: Ruth L. Carlson provided the following report: The latest report from our closing consultant is that we are on track to have our required work done by June 17, 2014 except the updated hazmat report. The Forest Service will have some of their inspections and paperwork completed by this time.  The hazmat will be completed by the Forest Service in house at no expense to the Corporation.  This will be done this summer while Forest Service counsel reviews title and prepares deeds.  The last step is for the Forest Service to ask for closing instructions.  Closing Consultant, Deena requested a decision to prorate to the day of closing for the phone company rent.  This would be necessary due to the closing later in the year than originally planned.  The Forest Service agrees recommending a motion be made by the Crane Lake Town Board of Supervisors to prorate to the day of closing the rent for the phone company.  I request that this motion be made. It appears that the exchange will be completed by the final quarter of 2014.  Plans should be made in advance on the desires of the community of the land use. For this purpose I would like to recommend that the Community Action Plan be updated this fall/winter.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, knowing that he had a conflict as a member of the Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp, to prorate to the day of closing the rent for the phone company.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  The Board then discussed beginning work on the Community Action Plan Revisit in August.


Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  There was no report this month.


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


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:  VNP Superintendent Mike Ward was unable to attend the meeting.  If he is able to attend the July meeting, a Public Meeting will be scheduled for 6:30PM prior to the regular Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  The Public Meeting will be included in the Crane Lake News in the Cook News-Herald and The Timberjay.  It will also be posted.


NE MN Sustainable Development Meeting Report:  Ruth L. Carlson reported that when formation of a township was being considered, the NE MN Sustainable Development Partnership was contacted for assistance.  Susan Seabury, of CSR Marketing, working with the group, contacted the Township to see how things had changed in Crane Lake since the formation of the Township in 2002.  Susan will provide a synopsis of her conversation with Ruth and Butch on the changes.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – June 10, 2014




Costin Group Report:  Gary Cerkvenik reported the following:  I have continued my research into potential funding for Crane Lake Township.  Two additional sources have come to my attention.  There is a Parks and Trails fund for Greater MN, and Commissioner Keith Nelson is on the advisory board.  This fund comes from proceeds from the extra sales tax voted in by the citizens a few years ago.  Second, we should start work with the Park on a potential bonding bill contribution in the 2016 legislative session.  We could introduce such a proposal in 2015 as well.  I am going to proceed now to meet with the VNP to explore these ideas and those from my last memo.





Fireworks:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve completion & submission of the fireworks permit and the $50 fee to St. Louis County.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  Jim Janssen will be asked to talk to Tony Ramberg of Premier Pyrotechnics about necessary staging for the fireworks display.


Other New Business:  The DNR in Tower was contacted about the condition of Bayside Drive leading to the new Public Access that replaced the RV Park.  They plan to repair the road either this week or next.

Comments from Officers:  Jerry thanked Ruth for all her work on the Land Exchange.  Butch echoed Jerry’s comment.  Butch suggested that a welcome letter be created between the Township and the Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau for new businesses outlining the benefits of being a member of the CLVTB and explaining the Lodging Tax.  Butch also wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July and to enjoy the fireworks.


Public Comments: There were none.


Next Meeting:    Public Meeting, July 8, 2014, 6:30PM – Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting immediately following.



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.