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7/10/18 Minutes




July 10, 2018



The July 10, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman  at 7:33PM 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 Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and 4 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.





Additions to the Agenda:  CLWSD Board Appointment Posting was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 6/12/18 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:  St. Louis County Auditor – $180.00; Costin Group – $1,497.80; Lake Country Power – $146.56; Jo Ann Pohlman – $96.30; Randy Clemmer – $345.00; Art Driggs – $500.00; Couri & Ruppe – $47.50; Border State Bank – $2,997.81; CLVFD – $32,500.00; IRS – $466.19; CLVTB – $4,042.57; and Payroll – $788.69.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, 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.





Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund:  Jodi Driggs and Butch continue to work on the flag and gabions concept for the memorial, with Jodi’s son, Dustyn’s assistance.  The gabions are being constructed and the flag pole should be here within a week.  Rocks from Butch’s yard that he and Jacque collected will be used to fill the gabions. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to pay Jodi for the flag pole and mesh for the gabions from the Memorial Fund.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Costin Group Report:  There was no report.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite:

  • Committee Report:  Deena provided a report from the June 19th Committee Meeting.  They looked at plans for the Kabetogama visitor center; the Park Service felt that center was too small.  Holly showed slides of other visitor centers.  Those present agreed that the center needed to have outdoor exhibits and space for people to be undercover outside, if it is raining or the center is closed.  There was discussion of making drawings and plans of what the center would look like.  Paperwork had been sent previously to Holly with the Town’s desires. Holly reported that the Committee would create a draft site plan for the outdoor recreation elements at the August meeting.  She would then like to have a public input meeting in the fall to gather community ideas about what elements would go where.  She is trying to get a Landscape Architect from the program to help with the design.  Holly asked about existing road easements across private property to the DNR site and will check with the County Recorder. Holly requested a letter from the Township or the Park expressing the Town’s wish to continue or discontinue with her services.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to continue working with Holly Larson of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  A letter will be written to Holly advising of the Township’s decision to continue and advising that the Township would be in favor of a public input meeting this fall.
  • Grounds Cleanup and Docks: The docks have been inspected with the condition of the docks being determined to be in quite good shape.  A few connectors and cleats are needed.  Costs were discussed.  There are two people willing to rent dock space for the remainder of the summer and interest in short term rental has been expressed.  Bruce Beste suggested that some class 5 gravel be added to the area for parking.  Butch said parking should be


Town Of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2018



VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: Grounds Cleanup and Docks (Cont.)

away from the waterfront.  The Board discussed liability issues and the completion of the CIC review by the Township attorney.  Hold Harmless agreements would be needed.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to rent out dock space for zero profit and apply the money toward dock repair, providing dock rental meets LCCMR Grant Agreement restrictions and depending on the attorney’s recommendation.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

  • CIC Covenants/Unit 13:  Jerry will call attorney Bob Ruppe to address dock space rental as it relates to the CIC.


.ATV Use:  Bruce Beste reported that the funding has been received to purchase 5 picnic tables with the intent to extend that to 7 for the Vermilion Falls area.  The USFS will advise the club on clearing to allow visibility of the water from the picnic area.  Destination Polaris will be doing three days of photo shoots in the area.  The CLVTB is now advertising in ATV magazines.  The club is still looking for funding for the bridge project.


Gary Cerkvenik called in to the meeting to advise that his understanding of the LCMR Grant is that the Township could rent dock space without restriction.


ATV Use (Cont.): The July ATV meeting will be at Nelson’s tomorrow evening. Butch mentioned to the group that the previous practice of a Voyageur initiation for dignitaries attending Voyageur Days was a great opportunity for area promotion and could be considered for ATV events in the area.


Trails Report:  Deena provided a letter to be sent to the DNR and the USFS regarding upgrade of the existing Chaffee Point Trail and connection to other trails in the area.  An email will be sent to Tim Engrav of the USFS regarding clearing of the trail head to the Gorge.


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:  There was nothing new to report.





Election Judge Appointments:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the Clerk’s recommendation for election judge appointments.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


CLWSD Board Appointment:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to post the opening on the CLWSD Board with an appointment being made at the August meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Other New Business: There was none.


Comments from Officers:  Jerry heard that the fireworks were very good.  Butch thanked Bill Congdon for his service on the CLWSD Board of Managers.  Jo Ann stated that application could be made for those wishing to serve on the Town Board.


Public Comments:  There were no comments.


Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – 8/21/18, 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall


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





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.