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February 8, 2005: Minutes



February 8, 2005



The February 8, 2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Jerry Pohlman, and Jim Janssen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 2 members of the community.  Supervisor Mark Anderson was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 1/18/2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report.  Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  Cook News-Herald – $47.93; McCahill Publishing Inc. – $27.00; Minnesota Revenue – $45.90; CLVTB – $489.36, Jo Ann Pohlman – $12.00 and Payroll – $374.16.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


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 – Jim reported that he had communicated with the Rural Cellular Company (RCC).  They are waiting to hear from 911 regarding use of the tower at the landfill.  Jim will communicate with County Commissioner Mike Forsman regarding our needs.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson was not present to report.


Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen reported that correspondence had been received by the Clerk from Scott Smith. Butch understood from that correspondence that the Town should move forward on its own.  Mr. Smith stated in his email that if the Town Board wished to initiate a rezoning, they should provide the County’s Planning Commission with a resolution stating the legal description of the area subject to the request and the proposed zone district.  The Planning Department would then consider the criteria stated in the zoning ordinance in making a recommendation to the Planning Commission.  Butch suggested that the Committee should review available information and present their opinion to the Board with a public hearing to follow, prior to a resolution for zoning changes being adopted.  The Supervisors agreed. Supervisor Jim requested that a proposal be presented to the Board by the Committee at the next Board meeting.  Jim suggested a mailing be sent to affected residents for their input.




Culvert – Finish Choice:  Chris Morris of  St. Louis County Road and Bridge contacted Jerry asking for the Board to make a decision on the concrete finish of the new culvert/bridge on Gold Coast Road.  The Board did not have the finish options from which to make a choice and were unable to contact Mr. Morris to get the options.  Jerry will continue to try to contact Mr. Morris.


Moderator Fee:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, that the Moderator Fee remains at $25.  Motion carried.




Jerry reminded everyone that the Reorganization/Board of Supervisors’ Meeting date and time would be Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.



Public Comments:


Mike White felt it was important to make a decision on the concrete finish of the bridge as soon as possible so the project is not held up.  He also felt C.J. Fernandez should have some input.  When the options are received from Chris Morris, the Supervisor’s will make their selections individually and communicate their choices to Jacque so a decision can be made before the next meeting.


Comments from Officers: Jo Ann received a phone call from Ed Eaton with the International Rainy Lake Board of Control  apologizing for not responding to our letter of October 12, 2004 requesting the IRLBC’s thoughts and recommendations on how to best proceed in formalizing the public input process.  A response to that letter will be coming soon.


Next Meeting:  Annual Town Meeting, March 8, 2005 – 8:15PM, Board of Canvass Meeting immediately following – Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


Reorganization/Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, March 22, 2005 – Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                               Jerry Pohlman, Vice-Chairman