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December 12, 2006: Minutes



December 12, 2006



The December 12, 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 and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 2 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  The Fire Department contract was added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 11/14/06 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Terrie read the November Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Crane Lake Chapel – $120; Regents of the U of M – $5,404.68; The Costin Group – $3,500.00; Victor Lundeen Co. – $196.02; MATA – $158.00; Vidmar Appraisals – $1,360.00; CLVFD – $24,000.00; Jo Ann Pohlman – $10.60; McCahill Publishing – $ 16.88; Arthur Eggen – $204.65; Andresen & Buttterworth – $129.00; Terrie Hoff – $124.60; CLVTB – $493.45; and Payroll $373.62. 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.




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that financing procedure was holding up the land exchange.  Ruth is currently pursuing the option of making a legislative change this session to allow the Township in this one instance to borrow for a longer term.  That would allow the Town to borrow immediately for five years and then extend that to whatever term is best for the long-term. Ruth will continue to work in that direction.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  Butch is currently working on printing options for the report.


Snake Creek Property:  Positive responses were received from Barbie, Kadar, and Congdon as affected property owners to the letter sent regarding a request for a lot size change to property in their area. A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to send a letter to St. LouisCounty requesting a zoning change from Timber Zoning to Shoreline Management in the Rollick Creek area, including a map of the area with a copy to the affected property owners. Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


MAT Educational Conference – Nov. 16, 17, & 18 – Duluth DECC:  Supervisor Butch Eggen, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, and Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman attended the Fall Conference. Terrie attended the CTAS workshop; Jo Ann attended the End-of-Year for Clerks & Treasurers workshop; and Butch attended a session on Township Lawsuits.


Hilltop Road Right-of-Way:  A copy of a letter was received from the Township law firm, Couri MacArthur & Ruppe, which was sent to Stuart McKie’s law firm, Andresen & Butterworth regarding the rock pile on Hilltop Road.  A response to that letter has not been received to date.


CLWSD Board Appointments:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2006-09 electing Robert Scott and Michael J. White to the Board of Managers of the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District. Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  Prior to adoption of the resolution an e-mailed letter of support from Jim Janssen was read for the election of Robert Scott to the CLWSD Board.  Jerry thanked both Robert and Michael for applying and thanked Harvey Parvi for his time of service on the Board.  Jerry also pointed out that Mike’s participation on the Board would represent the Eastern Service Area of the District.


Culvert:  A letter was written to Chris Morris of the St. Louis County Public Works Dept. in October requesting a written description and/or drawings of the approved culvert design as well as the date set for the project to begin.  No response has been received; Jo Ann will continue to pursue communications with Mr. Morris.


 Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – December 12, 2006





Tobacco License Renewal:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2006-08 issuing a tobacco products license for VHB, Inc. d/b/a/ Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats for the year ending the 31st day of December 2007.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Bear Island:  A petition to establish a cartway on Bear Island was received from William and Susan Traff, Adrienne Rice, and Warren and Jackie Bradbury.  All information will be forwarded to the Township attorney.


March Elections:  A notice has been posted with information on the available positions for the Town Board to be determined at the March 13th elections.  One supervisor and the treasurer positions are open for anyone that would like to apply between January 2 and January 16, 2007.


Review Meeting Dates:  Clerk Jo Ann requested that the Supervisors review their sport show schedules to determine if there will be any conflict with future meetings.


Fire Department Contract:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve signature of the 2007 Fire Protection Services Agreement between the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Town of Crane Lake.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  The contract will be sent to the Fire Department for signature and return.


Other New Business – There was none.


Comments from Officers:  Jerry stated that Mike White’s return to the CLWSD Board and Harvey Parvi’s service was appreciated.  Rob Scott’s continued service is appreciated as well.




Ruth L. Carlson stated that in talking with the USFS regarding the Land Exchange, property in the Rollick Creek area was discussed as  well.  The USFS at that time stated that water frontage property would not be considered for exchanges.


Ruth also stated that in working with the special legislation for the land purchase, she had hoped to meet with Gary Cerkvenik prior to this meeting providing more information to report.


Ruth also mentioned her disappointment in the service received from the Township attorney.


Mike White thanked the Board for their action taken electing him to the CLWSD Board.  He stated that he did talk to Harvey Parvi before applying for the position.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, January 9, 2007, 7:30PM, 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.