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December 9, 2008: Minutes




December 9, 2008



The December 9, 2008 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, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Rick Vidmar of Vidmar Appraisals, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 1 member 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 11/11/08 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch & Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the November Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Crane Lake Chapel – $300.00; CLWSD – $1,033.33 & $200.00; MAT Agency – $158.00; CLVTB – $597.85; CLVFD – $24,000.00 and Payroll – $421.01. 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 reported to the Clerk that information from the USFS had not been received but was expected in the New Year.


Community Development Update:  There was no report.


Speed Hump Request-Gold Coast Road:  Butch reported that he spoke to St. Louis County Traffic Engineer Vic Lund on the phone.  Butch felt a trip to the County office was an unnecessary Township expense as Mr. Lund was able to answer his questions.  Mr. Lund reminded Butch that the speed test revealed an average speed of 19-21 miles per hour, which does not justify the County installing Speed Humps and that traffic counts do not warrant further study.  Mr. Lund suggested that anyone could install speed humps.  When asked if the County had engaged in any similar contracts, Mr. Lund responded that they had not and this would be setting a precedence. When asked about the Township gifting the speed humps to the County, Mr. Lund responded that that had not taken place before. Informational signage would be provided at County expense.  Speed hump placement was also discussed.  Butch pointed out to Mr. Lund that liability of the general public was not addressed in the contract that was sent to the Township.  Mr. Lund agreed that the contract should be sent to the Township attorney for any changes or additions the Township would like addressed.  A letter will be written to the Township attorney requesting input on the contract.




Vidmar Appraisal Status:  Mr. Vidmar presented copies of field cards and photos of properties assessed this summer; which included East Bay, Crane Lake Homesites, and up to and including Kicker Boulevard and the properties near Hangman’s Island.  All information has been entered in the County computer.  Most of the new construction has been visited with only a few remaining.  Mr. Vidmar assured the Board that he is prepared for the sales review and audit with the County.  The Limited Market Value will sunset this year providing a more level basis for taxing properties.  Mr. Vidmar felt the increase in taxes was due to County increases.


CLWSD Board Appointment:  David Adams reapplied for the Manager position; there were no other applicants.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry to adopt Resolution No. 2008-10 electing David Adams to the Board of Managers of the CLWSD for a term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on January 1, 2012.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – December 9, 2008




Fire Department Contract:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch to approve signature of the 2009 Fire Protection Services Agreement between the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Town of Crane Lake.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.  The agreement will be sent to the Fire Department for signature and return.


Tobacco License Renewals:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry to adopt Resolution No. 2009-01 issuing a tobacco products license for VHB, Inc. d/b/a/ Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats and Resolution No. 2009-02 issuing a tobacco products license for Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. d/b/a Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc.; both for the year ending December 2009.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


St. Louis County BAS Consolidation Program:  In the past, local governments were contacted by the Census Bureau on an annual basis to determine boundary changes that may have occurred; the Town of Crane Lake has not been contact in the past probably due to the newness of the Township.  The County is willing to be the official BAS respondent. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry agreeing to participate in the Consolidated Boundary and Annexation Survey (All BAS materials will be routed to the County Planning Department).  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.

Other New Business:  There was none.


Comments from Officers:  There were no comments.



Cathy Erickson expressed her disappointment in Butch’s handling of the Speed Hump issue with the County via telephone.  She had anticipated attending a meeting.




Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, January 13, 2009 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall. (Date of meeting may need to be changed).


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.






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.