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August 8, 2006: Minutes



August 8, 2006



The August 8, 2006 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM 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, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, reporters from the Voyageur Sentinel and the Timberjay, and 13 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 7/11/06 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Terrie read the July Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  MN Association of Townships – $45.00; Quill – $176.91; Arthur Eggen – $134.68; Jo Ann Pohlman – $117.00; Shirley Sanborn – $80.10; CLVTB – $11, 823.08; Crane Lake Fireworks – $500.00 and Payroll – $408.40.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch, Jerry and Jim 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.




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen reported that cell service will be available after Frontier runs the T1 line.  They must hear from Cell One before doing so.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson stated that at the July meeting she had said that a copy of the purchase agreement and resolution to accept the land purchase would be available to the public prior to the August meeting.  She then said that legal advice from the attorney handling this process did not inform the Committee that it is legally necessary to post and publish a resolution for funding for a 10 day period prior to the vote by the town voters.  In addition, the Town has not been formally presented with a purchase agreement from Minnesota Power or the funding resolution that is required to be posted as stated.  The Town Board will need to request a special meeting for the town voters to have their vote on this project.  Ruth further stated that as a result of these circumstances, she would recommend that the Annual Town Meeting be re-reconvened this evening to allow time for this process to be properly completed and people have adequate time to review information before voting.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  Nancy Parvi reported that letters had been mailed to Township residents, both permanent and seasonal, requesting their attendance at a complimentary dinner meeting on August 24th at Voyagaire Lodge beginning promptly at 6PM. The purpose of the meeting is to re-visit the Community Action Plan of 2001, input from those attending will ensure that Crane Lake remains a safe and healthy community and be the community its residents want it to be.  Tim Campbell, Regional Manager of Explore Minnesota Tourism will be the lead facilitator with the meeting following the same format as the 2001 meeting.  Butch thanked the Committee for their hard work thus far, thanked Sandy for drafting the letter, and Voyagaire for providing their facility and the meal for the upcoming meeting.


2006 Summer Short Course – Grand Rapids 7/28/06:  Butch Eggen and Jo Ann attended the Short Course.  Butch attended sessions on liability considerations for townships and planning the future of townships, which addressed annexation.  He also received Board of Appeals certification.  Jo Ann’s sessions were related to the upcoming elections and the new Auto Mark election equipment required by the Secretary of State’s Office for all Minnesota townships as part of the Help America Vote Act.




September Meeting Date:  The September meeting date falls on Primary Election Day when no meetings may be held between 8AM and 8PM.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to move the time of the meeting to 8:15PM following the elections on September 12, 2006.  Butch, Jerry, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – August 8, 2006





Election Training – Mileage Approval:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve mileage expenses for those attending election training.  Jerry, Butch, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Rainy Boards Meeting, 8/23/06 – Mileage and Hotel Approval:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve mileage and possible hotel expenses for Township Representative Rob Scott for the 8/23/06 7PM meeting in Fort Frances, Ontario.  Jim, Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Election Judge Roster Approval:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Election Judge Roster as presented by Jo Ann. Jim, Butch, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  Election Judges for the Primary Elections will be Shirley Sanborn (head judge), Virginia Marshall, Charlotte Bystrom, and Joan Olson.  Election Judge training will be held prior to the September and November elections.


Other New Business


Butch clarified that the Proposed 2007 Budget was accepted by the Town Board of Supervisors at the July 11th meeting.


Comments from Officers: Terrie thanked the Plaisteds for their generous donation to the fireworks and will be sending a thank you letter.  Jerry thanked Ruth L. Carlson for all her work on the Land Exchange thus far.





Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, September 12, 2006 – 8:15PM, Fellowship Hall – following the Primary Elections.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55PM






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.