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April 12, 2005: Minutes



April 12, 2005



The April 12, 2005 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 Jerry Pohlman, Jim Janssen and Mark Anderson, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Butch Eggen, and 3 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 3/22/2005 Board of Supervisors’/Reorganization Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Butch read the Treasurer’s Report.  Butch then presented the bills as follows:  IRS – $191.22; Cook’s North Country Floral – $47.60; Arthur Eggen – $94.80; Jo Ann Pohlman – $30.00 and Payroll – $404.40.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


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




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim reported that the tower at Mukooda was not ideal but a couple of other tower options were still available.  In considering other towers, other providers becomes an option.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson was not present to report.  Treasurer Butch commented that the members of the Land Exchange, Bill Congdon, Butch Eggen, and Town Representative Ruth Carlson and Town Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman met with Nancy Larson and Tim Ingrahoff of the U.S. Forest Service on April 30th at Ruth’s house.  The purpose of the meeting was to meet Nancy Larson who replaces Ranger Connie Chaney and Ms. Larson’s assistant Tim Ingrahoff and to review the land parcels being considered for the exchange.


Zoning of Town Properties Committee Report: Butch Eggen had no report and requested that Committee Chair Rob Scott be placed on future agendas for the report with the understanding that either Butch or Jerry would report in Rob’s absence.  The committee did not meet during the past month.


St. Louis County All Hazard Mitigation Plan Strategies:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to identify Goal 2.1 – Ensure the maintenance of a transportation infrastructure resilient to flooding events and Goal 4.1 – Reduce the risk of wildfire damaging property and causing injury or death as Goals and Strategies that may be relevant to this community to be submitted to the St. Louis County Office of the Sheriff as a requirement to be covered under the St. Louis County All Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to be eligible for funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program and the Flood Program.  Motion carried.




MAT Spring Short Course 4/1/05 Report:  Clerk Jo Ann and Treasurer Butch Eggen attended the Spring Short Course at Eveleth.  Jo Ann’s report included the requirement to post workplace posters, the requirement of completion of new W-4’s by all officers each year, the CTAS program update should soon be here, and an update on electronic voting.  Electronic voting will need to be in use in 2006 unless a time extension is established.  Electronic voting and counting machines will be provided by the State, but expenses for maintenance, storage and programming will be the responsibility of each township as the law currently states.  There will be meetings with the County to discuss cost sharing options for townships. This additional expense will need to be addressed by the Budget Committee for the 2006 budget/levy prior to the Reconvened Annual Meeting of August 9th.


Butch commented that the Short Course was well worth attending and stated that one of his training sessions recommended that laptops be used exclusively for township bookkeeping by the Clerk and Treasurer.  This would be another expense to be considered for the 2006 budget.


Tobacco License Renewal – Nelson’s Resort:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to adopt Resolution No. 2005-03 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Nelson’s Resort, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December, 2005. Jim Janssen and Mark Anderson voted in favor; Jerry Pohlman abstained from voting.  Motion carried.


Liquor License Renewal – Nelson’s Resort:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to grant a request for renewal of a Seasonal On-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Nelson’s Resort, Inc.  Jim Janssen and Mark Anderson voted in favor; Jerry Pohlman abstained from voting.  Motion carried.


Community Clean-up Day:  A community clean-up day is being considered for either Friday, April 22nd after school, or Sunday, April 24th with a potluck dinner to follow.  Shirley Sanborn has agreed to be the Chairman of the planning committee.  When the date has been selected, information will be posted at the Post Office, on the website and in the Crane Lake News in local newspapers.


Public Comments:  There were none.


Comments from Officers: Butch mentioned that the Supervisors may want to consider the need to set aside dollars to revisit the Community Action Plan.  The Plan states that it should be revisited on a 5-year basis.  2006 would be the 5th year. Butch said he would be willing to communicate with the USFS regarding financial and facilitating participation.


Next Meeting:  Board of Appeals & Equalization, May 3, 2005, 2PM, Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, May 10, 2005, 7:30PM, Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Jerry Pohlman, Chairman