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7/12/22 Minutes



July 12, 2022


The July 12, 2022, 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 Brandon Anderson, Jim Janssen & Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and six members of the community (including ZOOM).  SLC Deputy Sheriff Matt Kelley joined the meeting a few minutes later.




Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Brandon, to approve the minutes of the 6/14/22 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report –The June Cash Balances were read, and the bills were presented as follows: Costin Group – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $156.00; Jo Ann Pohlman – $93.60; IRS – $483.34; Postmaster – $60.00; Jeff Truebenbach – $1,175.00; Watering Can Garden Shop – $871.41; CLVTB – $3,839.81; Border State Bank – $3,886.03;  Johnson, Killen & Seiler – $8,519.08; CLVFD – $27,500.00; Jerry Pohlman – $1,761.30; and Payroll – $1,063.17.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Brandon, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

Funds Transfer:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve the transfer of $35,000.00 from the Community Property Project Fund to the Bond-Community Property Project Fund.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence was received and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.




VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:

Committee Report & Resulting Board Action:  Gretchen Janssen provided the following report:  Attached please find a report of expenses to be approved, totaling $121,980.00.  The committee also requests that last month’s motion be amended.  With the Town Board’s approval, we request that the name of the new campground be:  Crane Lake Voyageur RV & Campground.  The next meeting scheduled with the architects is Tuesday July 19th at 8 am to do a final review of the Visitor Center building design plans.  It will be a virtual meeting.

Action items: 

  • A motion was made by Brandon, supported by Jim, to rescind the motion made at the June 14, 2002 meeting selecting “Crane Lake Camp 40 RV Park” as the name for the RV park; and selecting the Committee’s new recommendation of “Crane Lake Voyageur RV & Campground”. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
  • Approve expenses. A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Brandon, to approve the bills presented as follows: E.H. – $3,700.00 & $64,280.00, and ARI – $54,000.00 – Total $121,980.00.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Bayside Drive Upgrade:  Jim attended numerous meetings throughout the month regarding the movement of the entrance to Bayside Drive from Handberg Road to the West, providing a better entrance and moving most of the road width increase onto Township Land.  The Hearing date planned for July 27th will be changed to allow the engineers time to provide a drawing of the proposed change to the Board.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to change the Hearing date to August 24, 2022, at 2PM.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


ATV Report: There was nothing new to report.  The meeting tomorrow evening will be at Nelson’s Resort at 6:30PM.


Trails Report:  There was no Report


American Rescue Plan Act Fund:  $4,480.58 in additional ARPA funds was received by the Township bringing the total to $8,961.15.  The expenditure of funds is yet to be determined.


Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2022



Broadband Committee Report:  Drake Dill spoke to those present about the expense of the project and the probable need for the Township to increase the levy to fund the project beyond what could be obtained through grants. Because the levy increase would be quite large, it was recommended that the Board shelf the Broadband project.  If the community wished to continue the pursuit of Broadband, Drake would be willing to continue working on the project.  The item will be removed from the Agenda.


CIC:  The LCCMR continues their review of the CIC changes made by Attorney Roy Christensen.    The Board has not reviewed the CIC changes.


Flooding:  There are Postings at the Church, Post Office and local businesses about Sandbag and Debris removal and pickup.  VNP Superintendent Bob DeGross provided the following information related to opportunities for residents and businesses to seek assistance following the flood:  Late last week President Biden signed a disaster declaration related to MN, upon the request of Governor Walz. With this, there may be opportunities for residents and businesses to seek assistance through low interest loans from FEMA, or the Small Business Association, representatives of both agencies are to be touring the area in the coming weeks. It’s my understanding that local residents should contact their respective County Emergency Management Offices to seek further guidance, and to advise the office as to the extent of impact related to flood on primary residences and businesses. St Louis County Contact – County Emergency Manager, Dewey Johnson –

Donations:  Approximately $6,000 in donations were received during the flood.  The money is being handled by a sister fund of the ATV fund, not through the Township.  The money will go to those that provided use of their equipment during the sandbagging and for fuel, food, etc.  Beth Bak has made an accounting of expenses and donations to assist with determining where the money should go.




Election Judge Appointment:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Brandon, to approve the Clerk’s roster of those eligible for appointment to serve on the Election Board for the Primary Election on August 9, 2022.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Election Filing:  Notices have been posted with filing information for Township offices


Other New Business:  There was none.


Comments from Officers:  Brandon opened dialog on speeding traffic going through Gold Coast Road.  The community is concerned about potential injury.


Public Comments:   Mary McKie mentioned that cones placed in the street seemed to help.  Drake Dill said that placing cones in the street during periods of high activity was effective.  SLC Deputy Sheriff Matt Kelley said random drive throughs would be arranged to possibly slow traffic.  He also stated that he or someone from the Sheriff’s department would be attending township meetings in the area when possible.  They would also attend if requested and that community members could call them anytime for assistance.



Next Meeting:   Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – August 16,2022 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Bayside Drive Hearing – August 24, 2022 – 2:00PM, Fellowship Hall


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.