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August 10, 2004: Minutes



August 10, 2004



The August 10, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Mark Anderson at 7:35PM at the Groomer Garage with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Mark Anderson, Jerry Pohlman and Jim Janssen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 11 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 7/13/2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report. Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau Loan Payment – $6,250.00; Mark R. Anderson Reimbursement – $132.75; Jo Ann Pohlman Reimbursement – $67.50; Cran eLake Visitor & Tourism Bureau Lodging Tax – $12,285.13; and Payroll – $296.72.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, 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.




MAT Short Course in Grand Rapids 7/29/04 Report:  Mark and Jo Ann attended the Short Course.  Mark reported that there was a lot of information on road maintenance and the required Board of Equalization course provided information that the Township already had.  Jo Ann reported that she spent the day in election training, which certifies her for the next two years for elections and election training.  The course reviewed new legislation that focused on campaign finance and practices, recounts, and polling place accessibility.  Clerk election duties were also review.


Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Trails/Beautification – Chairman Mark referred to Ruth L. Carlson as the trails are now included financially in the Land Exchange/Community Property Project.
  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen reported that he had nothing new to report.  He is currently trying to contact the County to see if the tower at the landfill can be used for cell phones.  He hopes to have an answer by the next meeting.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reviewed the project to date.  The total expected cost of the project is $45,000.  Project funding is the main focus at this time with the Town being assured of $20,000 from the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership and $5,000 from St. Louis County.  The Township has now received verbal confirmation that a $10,000 grant will be provided by the U.S.F.S.  Options for the remaining $10,000 are being researched. Community meetings will be in September and will be posted and published in the paper.


Re-Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen reported that the committee had not formally met but had been communication via telephone and personal conversations.  They are trying to contact St. Louis County Planning and Zoning to meet with the committee.  From their discussions they feel the first area of concern would be streamlining the process for the Gold Coast Road and Hilltop Road residents to receive approval for improvements to their properties.  There would be a public hearing to review re-zoning of the Township.



Election Judges:  Clerk Jo Ann presented her recommendation for election judge appointments to the Board.    A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to appoint Shirley Sanborn, Jim Phelps, Pat Francke and Gini Marshall as election judges with Shirley Sanborn serving as head election judge for the September 14, 2004 Primary Elections.  Election training will be provided for all potential election judges.  Motion carried.





St. Louis County Development Block Grant Program Agreement Resolution:  Chairman Mark explained that the Agreement was an agreement between the St. Louis County CDBG Program and the Town of Crane Lake to facilitate community planning efforts for the land exchange by providing a $5,000 grant and that a resolution was required.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to adopt a resolution supporting the application submitted by the Town of Crane Lake Community Design and Land Exchange Project, approving the use of grant funds for the project, and authorizing execution of the Agreement.  Motion carried.


Hospital Board Representative:  Amy Ulen was appointed as the Town representative to the Cook-Orr Healthcare District Board when the Township was formed.  Her term is now completed.  The position is now up for election and will be included at the November elections.  The position will be posted and published in the Cook News-Herald.  Those interested in the position should file with the Clerk.


2005 Budget:  The Budget Committee’s 2005 Budget and Levy recommendation was presented to the Supervisors.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to accept the Budget Committee’s recommendation.  Motion carried.


Public Comments:  None


Comments from Officers: Jacque brought to the public’s attention that she had printed a list of all receipts and disbursement from January to date, which were available for review.


Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, September 21, 2004, at 7:30PM at the Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business a motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to adjourn the meeting at 8:00PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                               Mark Anderson, Chairman