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February 12, 2008: Minutes




February 12, 2008



The February 12, 2008 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Jim Janssen at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen and Jim Janssen, Treasurer Terrie Hoff,  Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 3 members of the community.  Supervisor Jerry Pohlman was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  Community Celebration was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the1/7/08 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Jim and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the January Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  St. Louis County Auditor – $104.52; St. Louis County Assoc. of Townships – $386.05; Terrie Hoff – $1.94; CLVTB – $93.34 and Payroll $425.00.   A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.  Terrie presented a funds transfer request to the Supervisors.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim to approve a transfer of $1,452.31 from the Community Property Project Fund to the General Fund.  Jim, and Butch 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 that the agreement to purchase land from Allete has changed.  Allete would not provide a contingency of release for the Township should the USFS decide to abandon the land exchange.  There is land available for sale on the Vermilion River that the USFS may approve.  A formal letter has been sent to the USFS requesting the substitution of the Vermilion River land for the Allete land using the current application.  Verbal approval has been received from the USFS.  The Township will be able to move forward with the land purchase once written approval has been received from the USFS.


Community Action Plan Status:  There was no report.


Propane:  There will be a report at the March meeting.


CLWSD Dialogue:  A written report was provided by Jerry. A committee meeting was held on January 30th with Jerry Pohlman, Bill Congdon, and Mike White in attendance.  User rates were the only topic of discussion, which was mainly a review of current rates and the proposed rate increase.  It was decided that more information was needed. Bill will research and report back to the committee.




St. Louis County/Vidmar Correspondence:  The Board discussed the correspondence received regarding the County’s belief that Rick Vidmar is deficient in his assessment work for the Township.  The County has requested a meeting with a Board member on February 15th. No one from the Board is able to attend the meeting on that date. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to send a letter to the County stating that a new meeting date would need to be scheduled and requesting more information on the meeting’s purpose, a meeting agenda and Rick Vidmar’s attendance at the meeting.  Jim and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.  The letter will be emailed and mailed.


Speed Bump Request-Gold Coast Road:  Crane Lake resident, Cathy Erickson wrote a letter to the Board concerning the rate of vehicle speed on Gold Coast Road.  There are currently 15 mph speed signs along the road but they are not effective.  The letter appealed to the Town Board to make a request to the County to place speed bumps along the Gold Coast Road.  Cathy has started a petition to send with a letter to the County addressing resident concerns.  The letter will be sent to our County Commissioner, the Highway Engineer, the St. Louis County Administrator and possibly others.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – February 12, 2008




Community Celebration:  Ruth L. Carlson suggested that the Township have a gathering to celebrate the Minnesota Sesquicentennial, the Voyageur Statue’s 50th birthday and the dedication of the Crane Lake Chapel memorial bricks. The suggested date was Friday, August 28th. All Township organizations would be invited to participate.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to sanction the project and form a committee chaired by Ruth L. Carlson.  Sandra Bodkin, Terrie Hoff and Jo Ann Pohlman have volunteered to be on the committee.  Jim and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


Comments from Officers:  There were none.


PUBLIC COMMENTS  – There were none.



Next Meeting:    Annual Town Meeting, March 11, 2008 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’/Reorganization  Meeting, March 18, 2008 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                   Jim Janssen, Vice-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.