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August 7, 2007: Minutes




August 7, 2007


The August 7, 2007 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, and 3 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 7/10/07 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the July Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  CLVTB – $14,162.37 and Payroll – $486.69.   A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch and Jerry 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. Jo Ann reviewed Ruth’s email of July 16th to Gary Cerkvenik requesting that Gary request a closing date of October 1, 2007 with MN Power on the purchase agreement.  Ruth also stated that Jim Sanders, Forest Supervisor, informed her that the Township has been accepted to move forward and the exchange will begin in late 2008 with completion date in 2010.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  There was no report.


Culvert:  A letter was received from Chris Morris, St. Louis County Public Works Department, stating that the Bridge replacement will be constructed after Labor Day.  The plan development is very near completion and their right-of-way agent needs to meet with Norway Lodge owners for easement agreement.


Re-Zone Approval:  St. Louis County Board of County Commissioners provided a copy of the resolution resolving their approval of rezoning from FAM-1 to SMU-7 and a comprehensive plan amendment from Concept 1, Forestry, to Concept 5, Waterfront for the N ½ of the NW ¼ and the SE ¼ of the NW ¼, Section 15, T67N, R17W, Rollick Creek.




Grant Money – Polling Place Accessibility:  A letter was received from the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office stating that the Office of the Secretary of State has received $263,000 in additional federal grant money for polling place accessibility improvement projects.


Minnesota Department of Revenue Changes:  A letter was received from the St. Louis County Assessor’s Department with the following changes ordered by the Minnesota Department of Revenue to equalize the level of assessment in our jurisdiction:  Residential land and Structures +10%;  Seasonal Residential Recreational Structures Only +10%.


Couri MacArthur & Ruppe Rate Increase:  A letter was received from the designated Township law firm stating that their rates would increase as of January 1, 2008.  The hourly rate will increase from $135 per hour to $150 per hour for all general legal work and from $150 per hour to $165 per hour for all development work.


Addition to Insurance Coverage – Auto Mark:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to insure the Auto Mark voting machine for $5,000, the amount recommended by the MATIT agent.  The coverage will increase the 2008 premium by about $20.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Other New Business:  There was none.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – August 7, 2007

Comments from Officers:  Jo Ann spoke to Richard Vidmar concerning the letter received from St. Louis County stating that he was deficient in his assessment work in some of his jurisdictions.  Mr. Vidmar assured the Clerk that he had completed his work in our jurisdiction.  Butch referred to the necessity of taking the Auto Mark voting machine to Virginia or Hibbing for reprogrammed and making another trip to pick it up.  He suggested, while at the County office, that it may be cost effective to have a County employee travel the County to update the machines.


PUBLIC COMMENTS – There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, September 11, 2007 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50PM.






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.