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April 13, 2010: Board of Supervisors Meeting




April 13, 2010


The April 13, 2010 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, Jim Janssen (arrived at 7:40PM) and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman and 2 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 3/9/2010 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the March Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Cook News-Herald – $68.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $37.47; Terrie Hoff – $120.00; Jo Ann Pohlman – $45.00; CLVTB – $196.79; IRS – $273.35 & $334.36; and Payroll – $465.65.  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.  (Approval of $1,000.00 payment to the Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp. was approved under Land Exchange/Community Property Project)


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 process was still continuing at a slow pace.  The Township, Butch Eggen, and Bill and Deena Congdon have signed an Option Agreement with the Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp.  Ruth requested that the Township transfer $1,000 to the CLSLC (with equal amounts being transferred by Butch Eggen and Bill and Deena Congdon) for administrative expenses.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim to transfer $1,000 to the CLSLC.  Jerry and Jim voted in favor, Butch abstained and the motion carried.


CLWSD Report – Rob Scott:  Rob reported that the plant had maintained all standards as required by the MPCA in the past month.  The system is being changed from winter to summer operation.  The tanks at Voyageur Lakes Development will be removed soon, as requested.  A reminder to taxpayers in the District, the Special Taxing District line on the Statement of Property Taxes Payable in 2010, which is approximately 18% of total tax, includes the administration expenses for the District at approximately 8% of that 18%.  The remaining portion is for theCook Hospital, St. Louis County Housing Redevelopment Authority, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and the County Rail Authority.  Terry Jackson traveled to Brooklyn Park to receive the Certificate of Commendation for outstanding operation, maintenance and management of the wastewater treatment system from the MPCA.  RLK has agreed to mediation regarding oversights and problems related to installation and freezing issues.  The USDA-RD has lowered the interest rate on the District loan and delayed principal payment for three years.  The JPB Boards will meet 4/15/10.  The Comprehensive Plan will be received by the end of June when the Namakan Basin JPB will be dissolved; however, the VNP Clean Waters JPB will continue with the Namakan Basin JPB board members being included on an advisory level.  Updates on the project may be viewed through the CLWSD website.  The JPB will be receiving $285,000 and Rob will be requesting a portion for the District.  $100,000 has been approved from taconite surplus for the Town of Crane Lake in error, rather than the District.  Easement process and Ordinance #3 are being reviewed for expansion work along CSAH 24.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to send a letter to the St. Louis County Auditor requesting that the $100,000 in taconite funds be sent to the District rather than the Township.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


April Short Course Report:  Terrie and Jo Ann attended the Short Course at Fortune Bay on April 2nd.  Topics of discussion were Election Changes, Legislative Updates, Donation Requests and Receipts, CTAS Enhancements and Workers Comp.


Spring Clean-Up Day: The date is still set for Saturday, April 24th, with April 25th as the rain date.


Voyageur Days:  The Committee will meet when Cathy Erickson returns, where the event date will be discussed.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – April 13, 2010





Culvert Status Report:  Jim is communicating with the County on the anticipated culvert work this fall.


Tobacco License Renewal:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution No. 2010-03 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Scott’s of Crane Lake, Inc. d/b/a Scott’s Seaplane Base, Store & Service for the year ending the 31st day of December 2010.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


CLWSD Fund Transfer:  Discussed above in the CLWSD Report.


Other New Business:  Jim introduced the School District 2142 issue stating that the location may not be approved by the County Board.  He recommended that a letter be drafted in support of the location being no farther from Orr than the location being currently considered.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry to compose a letter to the County Commissioners, School Board, State Senator Bakk and State Rep. Dill supporting the current location or a location closer to Orr.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Comments from Officers:  Jo Ann pointed out that information on the Joint Powers Boards is also linked via the Township website.  Jim stated that there will be a new culvert this fall.



PUBLIC COMMENTS:  There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Appeals Meeting, April 21, 2010 – 4PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors Meeting, May 11, 2010 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25PM.





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.