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January 10, 2006: Minutes

January 10, 2006

The January 10, 2006 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Jerry Pohlman, Jim Janssen, and Mark Anderson, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Butch Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 13 members of the community.

Additions to the Agenda: The Fire Protection Contract was added to New Business.

Minutes: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 12/13/2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Butch read the Treasurer’s Report for December 2005. Butch then presented the bills as follows: CLWSD – $98.00; McCahill Publishing, Inc. – $47.26; IRS – $204.59; Postmaster – $46.15; Andresen & Butterworth – $1,373.00; CLVTB – $1,036.96; and Payroll – $364.91. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills. Motion carried. Treasurer Butch presented a fund transfer request to the Supervisors. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to approve fund transfers to the General Fund as follows: Fire Fund – $3,569.33, Community Property Project Fund – $405.65, Trails/Beautification Fund – $324.50, and Communications/Cell Phone Fund – $81.14 for a total transfer of $4,380.62 to the General Fund. 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 when the ground thaws the tower company would be able to finalize their site selection. Then an archeological study will be done on the selected site. Construction could start 70 days following the archeological study, if it is not contested. Work could begin in late June.
Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson reported that she hopes to hear from Minnesota Power within two weeks regarding possible land to purchase for the exchange. A Dunn & Bradstreet number is required by the Federal government and other entities for financial requests and grants. Ruth will supply the information needed to the Clerk to acquire a Dunn & Bradstreet number.

Culvert Issue: Clerk Jo Ann received a telephone message from Chris Morris of the St. Louis County bridge department stating that there is a possibility of receiving additional State funds for the culvert project and that he would look into it. She returned his call and has left messages with no response. A letter was written to Gary Cerkvenik of Costin Group requesting his services to acquire additional funds for the project and his quote for that work. Jo Ann spoke to Gary Cerkvenik on the telephone recently. He has looked into the Legislative Commission of Minnesota Resources for funding and determined that the timing was not good for the project. Mr. Cerkvenik will contact Chris Morris.

CLWSD Board Appointments: Chairman Jerry thanked the two candidates for applying for the vacant manager position on the Crane Lake Water & Sanitary District Board. He suggested to the Board that a decision be tabled as the applications were received by the Supervisors just prior to the meeting. He felt more time would allow the community to voice opinions on the candidates. Supervisor Jim felt the Board should vote and Supervisor Mark agreed. A motion was made by Jerry to elect Harvey Parvi to the CLWSD Board of Managers. There was no support for the motion. The motion died for lack of support. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to elect William Congdon to the CLWSD Board of Managers. Mark and Jim voted yes; Jerry voted no. Motion carried.


Tobacco License Renewal: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2006-01 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license for Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. d/b/a/ Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December, 2006. Jerry and Jim voted in favor, Mark abstained. Motion carried.

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2006


March Elections
Candidate Filing: Jo Ann stated that Mark had applied for the Supervisor position and that candidate filing would be open until 5PM on January 17th. Offices for election are Supervisor – 3 Year Term, Clerk – 2 Year Term, and Treasurer – 1 Year Term.
Absentee Ballots: The procedure for receiving absentee ballots will be placed in the Crane Lake News soon and is currently on the Town website; which is
Election Judges: Jo Ann presented the roster of those eligible for appointment to serve on the Election Board for the Annual Election to be held on March 14, 2006 to the Supervisors. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to appoint Shirley Sanborn, Charlotte Bystrom, and Gini Marshall as election judges for the March 14, 2006 Annual Election with Joan Olson as an alternate judge and Shirley Sanborn as the head judge. Motion carried.

Board of Audit Meeting Date & Time: The date and time for the meeting was set at February 21, 2006 at 7:00PM prior to the Board of Supervisors’ meeting at 7:30PM on the same date. The Board of Supervisors’ meeting was changed from February 14th to February 21st.

March Town Board of Supervisors’/Reorganization Meeting Date: The meeting date and time was set for March 27, 2006 at 7:30PM.

Budget Committee Meeting: The first Budget Committee Meeting date was set for January 20, 2006 at 10AM at the home of the Clerk, 7476 Bayside Drive.

Community Action Plan: Butch reminded the Board that $2,000 had been budgeted in 2006 to revisit the Plan. He has been trying to contact Lisa Pattni, the USFS Partnership Coordinator, regarding possible funds for the revisit. He also suggested that the Board call for volunteers to coordinate the project.

Fire Protection Contract: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to approve the 2006 Fire Protection Contract with the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Motion carried. The Contract was given to the Fire Chief following the meeting to be reviewed at their meeting on Wednesday, January 11th.

Comments from Officers: Treasurer Butch reminded the Board that $4,500 had been set aside in the 2006 Budget for laptop computers for the Clerk and Treasurer. He has begun research on the purchase. Computer purchase will be added to the February Agenda. Chairman Jerry thanked everyone for their support and welcomed Bill Congdon to the CLWSD Board.

Public Comment

Harvey Parvi stated that he had no hard feelings about not being elected to the CLWSD Board. His reason for wanting to be on the Board was to help resolve some of the problems within the Town and the CLWSD Board. He stated that he would be available to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Eastern Service Area of the Sanitary District when that committee is formed.

Oliver Eggen requested the Town’s help and approval in securing 2,000 yards of class 5 gravel from St. Louis County. He had talked to Jack Schelde at the Linden Grove Garage who explained that the gravel could not be purchased by an individual, and that it must be purchased through a township. Mr. Eggen is willing to pay the Township the same price at which they would purchase the gravel. He requested that a letter be written to Mr. Schelde to purchase the gravel.

Ruth L. Carlson responded to Mr. Eggen and the Board. Mr. Eggen is to be admired for his visionary work, but the Board should be cautious. The Board would need to look into the legal ramifications of purchasing gravel for an individual. Chairman Jerry stated that the Board would look into the matter and respond to Mr. Eggen before March 1, 2006. He also suggested that Mr. Eggen contact Portage Township with the same request as the pit is in their township and they do purchase gravel for their township use.

Terri Hoff asked if everyone said Happy Birthday to Butch. Happy Birthday, Butch!

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2006

Next Meeting: Board of Audit Meeting, February 21, 2006 – 7:00PM – Fellowship Hall
Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, February 21, 2006 – 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall

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

Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk Jerry Pohlman, Chairman