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April 14, 2009: Minutes



April 14, 2009


The April 14, 2009 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 and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 6 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  Letter from Dick Harvey was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 3/17/09 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:  Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe – $310.00; Postmaster – $42.00; IRS – $317.42; CLVTB – $267.10 and Payroll – $452.23.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, 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 was not present to report.


Speed Hump Request-Gold Coast Road:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim to approve and sign the St. Louis County Agreement between The County of St. Louis and The Town of Crane Lake to install speed humps on County State Aid Highway No. 24 (Gold Coast Road). Discussion included the steps to follow in ordering the speed humps.  The Speed Hump Committee was recognized for working on the issue.  Procedure for future committees was mentioned as a side note.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


VNP Project Report:  Jim reminded the Board of his attendance at the St. Paul meeting regarding funding options for the sewer project that currently includes the CLWSD, Kabetogama Township, and Ash River.  The Project’s mission is to clean up the valuable waters of the VNP.  Jim attended representing his Kabetogama business and left thinking that he should have been representing the Township also. Jim felt the project was key to economic growth in the Crane Lake community and recommended that the Township become involved by letters of support.  He also recommended that CLWSD Chairman and Joint Powers Authority Representative Rob Scott be asked to report on their progress at upcoming Board of Supervisors’ meetings.  The Board agreed and will send a letter to Rob Scott requesting his attendance and reports at future meetings.  It was also suggested that a supervisor attend CLWSD meetings.




Vidmar Appraisals:  A letter was received from the St. Louis County Assessor’s Department stating that Vidmar Appraisals was deficient in the 2009 assessments and that the County would complete Mr. Vidmar’s work at the Township’s expense.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to hold payment on Vidmar Appraisal’s latest invoice until an invoice is received from the County for appraisal work.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  A letter will be written to Vidmar Appraisals advising of the Board’s decision.


Culvert:  An email was received from CLWSD Manager Bill Congdon advising that the CLWSD Board had approved funds for the main sewer line maintenance during the culvert replacement project.  A letter will be written to Chris Morris, St. Louis County asking if any other issues need to be addressed before the project begins this fall.


Dick Harvey Letter:  A letter dated 4/1/09 from Dick Harvey addressing property tax issues will be addressed at the Board of Appeal meeting on May 13th.   The letter will be forwarded to Vidmar Appraisals.


Other New Business:  There was none.



Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – April 14, 2009




Comments from Officers:  Terrie stated that the application for speed hump purchase had been sent to Traffic Logix Inc.   Jo Ann asked if any Board Members would be attending the groundbreaking for the VOvA Experiment with a reminder that RSVP’s need to be sent.  Jim thanked community members for attending the meeting.




Cathy Erickson thanked the Speed Hump Committee for their participation and the Board for moving through the process.


Gretchen Janssen presented three issues.  1) Gretchen suggested that the Board go beyond requesting that Rob Scott report at future meetings by expressing the Board’s appreciation and support of the CLWSD’s efforts to acquire future funding through the JPA.  2)  Gretchen discussed the impact of the expected closing of the Orr School and asked that everyone send letters to keep the school open and to attend the next meeting on Monday at 6PM.  Gretchen has examples of letters to be written.  3) Gretchen stated that Voyagaire was planning to rebuild their lodge in the future and would like to include a VNP visitor center as part of the building design.  She asked for Township support in the effort.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim to write a letter of support of a visitor center in Crane Lake to the VNP.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, May 12, 2009 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Appeal & Equalization, May 13, 2009 – 1PM, 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.