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February 13, 2007: Minutes




February 13, 2007


The February 13, 2007 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 2 members of the community and a visitor from Orr.


Additions to the Agenda:  Gina Mankus’ (from Orr) presentation was added prior to Old Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 1/9/07 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch, Jim, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Jo Ann read the January Cash Balances and Terrie presented the bills as follows:  McCahill Publishing Inc. – $58.50; Cook News-Herald – $95.85; Andresen & Butterworth – $42.50; Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe – $798.75; CLVTB – $125.03; Jo Ann Pohlman – $10.23; and Payroll – $337.89.   A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch, Jim, 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.


Gina Mankus Presentation:  Gina’s presentation related to the need for jobs in the area.  The concept of the Orr area being considered for a federal prison was discussed at the Orr spring strategic meeting.  In researching the idea, she found a prison located in an area similar in size to ours.  They hired 300 people, with about 150 from outside the area and 150 from within.  Local business and housing increased, as well as school attendance. Manufacturing businesses were opened to support the prison. The prison was not visible from the town and escapes were nonexistent.  The City of Orr has written a letter of approval to Congressman Jim Oberstar and Gina  is asking for letters of support from local communities for a prison, or any federal entity, to be located in the Orr area; should the need become available.  The Board discussed the issue; recognizing that talk around Town supported the concept.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to draft a letter to Mr. Oberstar supporting the location of a federal prison, or other federal facility near the city of Orr.  Butch, Jim, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.




Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that the special legislation for the Town of Crane Lake to renew any certificate of indebtedness issued to finance the purchase of land in St. Louis and Lake Counties is going through the steps of the Minnesotalegislative process.  It has been read in both the House and the Senate and has been sent to committees.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  Butch stated that the report is at the printers and a price quote will be received shortly.


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.  Jo Ann continues to pursue communications with Mr. Morris.




Moderator Fee:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to raise the moderator fee to $50.  Butch, Jim, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Cook Hospital Board Representative:  Amy Ulen has retired from the Hospital Board because she moved to another community.  The Cook Hospital Board Representative is an elected position and the Hospital Board requested that a replacement be found to fill the vacancy until the elections in 2008.  Ruth L. Carlson volunteered to fill that position.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to appoint Ruth L. Carlson as the Crane Lake representative to the Cook Hospital Board until the 2008 election.  Butch, Jim and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Other New Business – There was none.



Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – February 13, 2007

Comments from Officers: Terrie stated that she did not receive a copy of the letter sent to Crane Lake eligible voters regarding the date change question that will be included on the ballot for the upcoming March election. Jo Ann responded that the draft letter was sent to all Board members prior to mailing. Jerry thanked Ruth for volunteering for the Hospital Board, Jim and Butch echoed that comment.


PUBLIC COMMENTS  – There were none.



Next Meetings: Annual Town Meeting, March 13, 2007, 8:15PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Canvass Meeting – March 13, 2007, Following Annual Town Meeting

Board of Supervisors’, Reorganization Meeting, March 20, 2007, 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00PM.






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.