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8/11/15 Minutes






August 11, 2015



The August 11, 2015 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 Butch Eggen, and Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, and 3 members of the community. Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.





Additions to the Agenda: There were no additions.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 7/14/2015 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report –The July Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: Costin Group – $1,000.00; Applied Insights North – $2,252.50; St. Louis County Auditor – $180.00; Victor Lundeen – $319.08; CLVTB – $11,864.03; and Payroll – $524.59. 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 reported that the corrections on the few easements which require being changed since the exchange of property and an error on one easement listing the incorrect road number has not been completed. All are frustrated with the length of time this is taking.


Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund: There was no report.


Costin Group Report: Gary Cerkvenik reported that he met in International Falls with Mike Ward to push for the park presence in Crane Lake. Gary informed Mike Ward that we are going to meet with Rep. Nolan to seek additional funding. Gary met with Jeff Anderson of Rep. Nolan’s staff to discuss funding for a visitor center. Gary requested a meeting with Township officials and Rep. Nolan.


Crane Lake Road Repair: Deena Congdon reported that she understood that 95% of the shoulder width on the road between Orr and Crane Lake would be 6’ on either side. The shoulder would be narrower in areas with rock structure close to the road.


VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: The Board did not feel that a committee to work with the VNP to achieve the goal of a visitor center in Crane Lake was necessary at this time.


Frontier Internet: There was nothing new to report.


ATV Use on Vermilion Falls Road: Committee Chairman Bruce Beste reported that there would be a club meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at the Crane Lake Bar & Grill. The newly formed club, with upward of 300 members, will have more discussions with the USFS. The club met with Beatty Township and will present to them at their September meeting requests to support permitting certain county roads for ATV travel. Crane Lake, Portage, Camp 5, and Leiding Townships have all supported letters to St Louis County. St. Louis County is now acting on the club’s proposed trails system plan.  The US Forest Service has invited the club to partner with them on signs and brushing trails already designated as open along the 491 and 203 roads. They are hoping to begin this partnership by the end of this month. The club initiated a conversation in regards to tax forfeited land being available to the club for purposes of training youth for ATV Safety Certification, and possible club social area (picnic area).

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – August 11, 2015




Crane Lake Comprehensive Plan: John Powers of Applied Insights North provided the following report: Further background research and review of materials had been done, created work maps, toured community, interviewed with agency and local individuals, and met with the Town Board and the VNP superintendent. John requested that the Town Board set a date for the public planning session. The Board agreed on September 1st at Voyagaire Lodge at 6PM. This will be confirmed with Jim prior to advising John Powers of the selected date and time.

NEW BUSINESS – There was none.



Comments from Officers: Jerry acknowledged the loss this week of a friend of many and the Township, State Representative David Dill. Butch echoed Jerry’s comment. Butch also asked of the success of the Boat Races this past weekend. The Committee will be reviewing the results this fall following Voyageur Days. Jo Ann reminded those present of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board Public Meeting at Voyagaire Lodge on Wednesday, August 12 at 7PM.


Public Comments: There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, September 8, 2015, 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.








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.