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February 10, 2004: Minutes



February 10, 2004


The February 10, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth L. Carlson at 7:30PM, at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the following in attendance:  Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson, Mark Anderson, and Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 8 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes:  Motion by Terrie, supported by Mark to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read.  Motion carried.  Jacque  presented the bills as follows: – $172.58; Cook News-Herald – $69.68; St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships – $349.04; Minnesota Revenue – $193.93; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $294.02; Jacque Eggen – $3.20; Jo Ann Pohlman – $6.00; and Payroll – $296.72. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Ruth to approve the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence:  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 – Terrie:  Supervisor Terrie reported that Crane Lake residents may now hook up to DSL.  Cell phone service may be coming soon to the Crane Lake area.


Trails/Beautification – Mark:  Supervisor Mark has spoken to Mark Toot of the LaCroix Ranger District regarding the maintenance of the Herrimann Lakes trails.  Mr. Toot will report back in the spring.  More maps should be available also.


Land Exchange – Ruth:  Chairman Ruth reported that the corporation is formed to comply with the Forest Service to advance to the next step to study feasibility for a successful land swap. The name of the non-profit corporation is Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corporation.  The chairman of the Board is Ruth Carlson who also represents the Town of Crane Lake.  The next step is to meet with the Forest Service to define the legal entity for the purpose of the land exchange, discuss the land exchange process, and to understand the proponent’s proposal and the Forest Service’s position on proposed exchange tracts.  The Forest Service will be represented by: Connie Chaney, District Ranger, LaCroix Ranger District, Cook; Diana Mclconrey-Soland, Realty Specialist, Supervisor’s Office, Duluth; Lisa Pattni, Partnership Coordinator, Supervisor’s Office, Duluth; and Mark Toot, Assistant Ranger, LaCroix Ranger District, Cook.  The Corporation will be represented by:  Ruth Carlson, Chair, Town of Crane Lake; Arthur Eggen, landowner, Crane Lake; and Bill Congdon, landowner, Crane Lake.  Ruth has submitted a grant application to the Northeastern Regional Sustainable Development Partnership with a request for financial assistance to this project.  The Town of Crane Lake Board of Supervisors and citizens will be updated with any progress of this project.

Public Hearing/Conditional Use Permit Application (1/15/04):  The Township received a letter from the St. Louis County Planning Department stating that the Anderson’s application for a 24- hour a day self-serve gas station was denied, at the request of Anderson’s attorney.  The Anderson’s may reapply.


Broadband Service:  Clerk Jo Ann read Dee Kuder’s report on the meeting she attended in January at Orr regarding broadband service for the area.  She reported that there are three types of broadband or high-speed Internet service:  DSL, Satellite, and Wireless.  Orr will be on line with Century Tel by March.  Crane Lake is on line now with Frontier Phone.  Satellite service will be available in October via Lake Country Power.  There will be additional workshops in the coming months in the Orr and Crane Lake area on this subject.  The public is encouraged to attend.




Rural Development Community Programs:  A number of programs are available that may benefit the Township, which include community facility direct loans and grants, community facility guaranteed loans, and water and waste disposal loans and grants. The community facility loans and grants can be used for ‘essential facilities’.  Fire and rescue equipment and fire halls fit this description.  This information will be forwarded to the Fire Department.


Community Action Plan (CAP) Review:  The subject of updating the CAP was presented during Public Comments at the January meeting.  Ruth stated that she spoke to other communities; they recommended that you revisit your CAP after five years.  We are currently in our third year.  Ruth recommended that the CAP expenses be included in the 2006 Budget.


Help America Vote Act (HAVA):  The HAVA provides funds for improving the accessibility and quality of polling places.  Since our polling place is currently at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall, and not in a Township owned building, we need only address those items that could physically be moved to another polling place.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark requesting that the Clerk look at what is needed.  Motion carried.  There is a grant application to be completed by 4/30/04.


Chapel Use Agreement:  There is a Chapel Use Agreement to be signed by the Board as the Chapel Fellowship Hall is used for Township meetings.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to sign the Chapel Use Agreement with the stipulation that the Town would use the Hall on the second Tuesday of each month and any other days needed for Township meetings.  There was discussion.  Motion carried.


Moderator Fee:  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to pay the Moderator for the March Annual Town Meeting $25.  Motion carried.


Reorganization/Board of Supervisors Meeting Date & Time:  The date and time was set for Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30PM.


Board of Appeals & Equalization Meeting Date & Time:  The date and time was set for Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 2-3PM.


OTHER NEW BUSINESS:  There was none.






Doug Marshall asked that the Anderson Conditional Use Permit for a 24-hour a day sign be explained.


Butch Eggen stated that it had come to his attention that the Moderator fee should not be paid to the Moderator until after the Recessed meeting, if the meeting is recessed.


Rob Scott, the Town representative on the International Rainy Lake Board of Control Board, reported that we are currently within the limits for water levels, which should also be true in the spring.  There has been no action as far as additions to the membership of the Board.


COMMENTS BY OFFICERS – Terrie said this is her last real meeting but she will still be around to support and help the new Board.  Ruth said this was also her last real meeting and that this has been a real learning experience and the best civics lesson she has had in her life.


Next Meeting:  Annual Town Meeting, March 9, 2004 – 8:15PM, Board of Canvass Meeting immediately following – Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


Reorganization/Board of Supervisors Meeting, March 18, 2004 – 7:30PM – Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:10PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                    Ruth Carlson, Chairman