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February 11, 2003: Minutes


The February 11, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth Carlson at 7:30PM, at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Ruth Carlson and Mark Anderson, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 6 members of the community.  Supervisor Terrie Hoff was absent.


Addition to Agenda:  Flag Standard was added to Old Business.


Minutes – Motion by Mark, supported by Ruth to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the February 7, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Workshop Meeting.   Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Jacque reviewed the Cash Flow Statement and recommended the payment of bills as follows:  St. Louis County Auditor – $64.01; Cook News-Herald – $28.00; Manney’s Shopper – $84.14; Quill – $69.78, Booth Documents – $16.77; Jacque Eggen – $10.95; Mark Anderson – $195.28; Jo Ann Pohlman – $18.00; and Payroll $296.72.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Ruth to accept the Treasurer’s Report and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence – The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence will be placed on file as presented and action will be taken where needed.




Welcome to Crane Lake Sign–Co-op with CLVTB – Supervisor Mark reported that three sign companies are sending bids to the CLVTB which will be reviewed at their next meeting on 2/25/03.  They hope to decide on a sign by 3/1/03.  The Voyageur statue should be in place by May 1.  The new sign will be to the west of the statue.


Tobacco Licensing & Regulation – Supervisor Terrie was not present to report. Research is continuing on the enforcement issues.


Signage–Speed Zone Signs – Mark reported that St. Louis County referred him to MnDot and that he had received a sign catalog.  Someone from the State should be here in April to discuss the speed zone signs with Mark.

Legal Response to CLWSD Attorney’s Written Request – The request was referred to the Township attorney.  Chairman Ruth reported that the Township attorney stated in a telephone conversation that the Township has not accepted any roads and therefore is not responsible for the roads in question.  He will communicate with the CLWSD attorney and report to the Board.  Chairman Ruth stated that the Town Board would not be signing the Consent Form.


Flag Standard – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to order a flag standard for the Minnesota Flag.  Motion carried.




Township Governmental Legal Training Seminar Report –  Mark attended the seminar in St. Paul on January 23 and 24 and reported that the seminar was very interesting.  The majority of the seminar was about roads, culverts, and cemeteries – Mark was glad we do not have to deal with those issues.  The seminar was well attended with 20 representatives from St. Louis County.


MAT District 10 Meeting on March 6, 2003 – Ruth explained that the meeting was to elect a new Director to replace retiring Director Bernie Pistner.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark that representatives from our Board should attend the meeting and that mileage would be paid.  Motion carried.



CLWSD–St. Louis County Reconstruction Support Letter – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to send the draft letter proposed by CLWSD engineering firm RLK-Kuusisto to St. Louis County requesting the County’s cost participation in reconstruction of C.S.A.H. 24. Motion carried.


CLVSC-Request for Support – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to write a letter of support on the Mukooka Cartway issue to Barbara West of VNP with copies to Sen. Dayton, Sen. Coleman, Rep. Oberstar, State Sen. Bak, State Rep. Dill, County Commissioner Forsman, and the CLVSC.  Motion carried.


Resolution-MATIT – A motion was made by Mark, supported by Ruth to adopt the Resolution to Participate in the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance and Bond Trust and to apply for participation in the Trust’s public officials’ liability insurance program.  Motion carried.


Moderator Fee – A motion was made by Mark, supported by Ruth to set the Moderator Fee for the March 11, 2003 Annual Meeting at $25.  Motion carried.


Budget Committee – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to appoint Supervisor Ruth, Treasurer Jacque, Clerk Jo Ann and community members Dee Kuder and Mike White to the Budget Committee.  Motion carried.


Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting Date – A motion was made by Mark, supported by Ruth to set April 23, 2003 at 3-4PM as the meeting date and time as scheduled by the St. Louis County Assessor’s Department.  Motion carried.


March Reorganizational Meeting – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to set the meeting date for March 19, 2003 at 5:30PM.  Motion carried.




Liz Phelps, reporter for the Voyageur Sentinel, invited all candidates for Town Board positions to voice their reasons for running for office in an upcoming edition of the paper.


Butch Eggen thanked the Board for all its hard work and suggested that repair of the culvert between Borderland and Norway Lodge be mentioned in the letter being written to St. Louis County on the CLWSD’s behalf.


Nancy Parvi asked where the speed zone signs would be placed.  Mark responded that they would begin at Anderson’s and could continue to the Gold Coast.


Butch Eggen suggested that the support letter for the CLVSC also be published in local newspapers.


COMMENTS BY OFFICERS –  Jacque asked that if any expenses are known, like speed zone signs, to let the Budget Committee know.  Jo Ann stated that the Election Judges had completed their training for the March election.  Ruth asked Fire Chief Jeff Sanborn to give an overlay of the Fire Department at the Annual Meeting.  He said he would.


The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting on March 11, 2003 at 8:15PM at the Crane Lake Fellowship Hall.

The Reorganizational Meeting will be on March 19, 2003 at 5:30PM at the Crane Lake Fellowship Hall.


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




Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                           Ruth Carlson, Chairman