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January 11, 2011: Board of Supervisors & Reorganization Meeting




January 11, 2011



The January 11, 2011 Board of Supervisors’ and Reorganization Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff and Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman.


Prior to the meeting Jim Janssen read and signed his Oath of Office for a term beginning January 1, 2011.


Nomination of Chairman and Vice-Chairman:  Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Chairman.  Butch nominated Jerry Pohlman as Chairman, with Jim supporting the nomination.  There were no other nominations. Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Vice-Chairman.  Jerry nominated Jim Janssen as Vice-Chairman, with Butch supporting the nomination.  There were no other nominations. All voted in favor of Jerry continuing as Chairman and Jim continuing as Vice-Chairman for 2011.  Jo Ann turned the meeting over to Chairman Jerry Pohlman.




Additions to the Agenda:  Fund Transfers were added to the Treasurer’s Report


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 12/14/2010 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the December Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Minnesota Revenue – $107.44; IRS – $245.57; Jan Jackson – $4,200.00;  St. Louis County Auditor – $99.29; CLVTB – $62.26; Border State Bank – $5,430.56 and Payroll – $578.63.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  Terrie presented a funds transfer request to the Supervisors.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve a transfer of funds from the Community Property Project Fund to the General Fund and a transfer of funds from the Fire Fund to the General Fund to bring all funds into balance.  All 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: Butch reported that documents had been signed regarding the land exchange.


CLWSD Report:  J. Pohlman read Rob Scott’s report. All end of year finances are positive.  The current rate structure was reviewed during the last quarter of the year and the Board determined no change would be made for 2011.  The treatment plant met all MPCA standards. Significant plant maintenance work was completed.  There is no update on the RLK legal action.  The JPB met in December with emphasis on funding and getting outside groups involved. Ash River is working the initial process to establish a sewer district.  CSAH 24 expansion work is stopped for the season with force main work completed and remaining lateral work, restoration etc. to be completed in the spring.  There is a potential freezing concern with the new culvert and reinstallation of the sewer pipes.  The Board and S.E.H. are working with the County to resolve the issue.





Board of Audit Meeting Date & Time:  The Board of Audit meeting date and time is set for February 8, 2011 – 7:00PM at the Fellowship Hall prior to the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.


Budget Committee Meeting Date, Time, Location:  The meeting was set for January 31st at 1PM at the Clerk’s home.  Meeting date is subject to change.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2011






A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to designate the following for 2011:

Town Board Meetings – Date & Time remains as the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM, any changes will be posted.

Official Posting Places remain the same as one posting listing all meeting dates for the year at the Church, Post Office & the following businesses when open – Anderson’s, Handberg’s, Nelson’s, & Voyagaire.  Changes will be posted as needed.

Legal Representative remains as Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe of St. Michael with the option to consult others on an as-needed basis.

Depository/Bank remains the same as any bank in St. Louis County may be used with Beacon Bank of Duluth designated as the primary bank.

Fellowship Hall Donation was increased to $350 per year.

Minutes Distribution & Posting Policy remains the same – Minutes are mailed to those supplying the Clerk with stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Minutes are posted at the Post Office, the Church, and on the Website.

Copy & Information Request Policy remains the same – Charge of 25 cents per copy (includes labor) for copy requests & $25 per hour for other labor requests.

Salaries & Meeting Rates were increased as follows:

Supervisors – $25 per meeting

Clerk – $300 per month plus $45 per meeting

Treasurer – $175 per month plus $45 per meeting

Election Judges – $8 per hour and $10 per hour after 10PM, including training.

Mileage Reimbursement remains the same to follow State guideline, which fluctuates and at this time is 50 cents per mile.

Official Newspaper will remain the same – Cook News-Herald.  Price quotes were submitted by CNH and the Timberjay.

All voted in favor and the motion carried.


A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch that committees are as follows:

Community Property Project – Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson remains as Chairman.

Budget Committee – One Supervisor (Jerry), the Clerk, the Treasurer and two members of the community (Bruce Beste and Dee Kuder).

Community Celebration Committee – Sue Adams, Sandra Bodkin, Ruth L. Carlson, Betty Corcoran, Cathy Erickson, Diane Finch, Gretchen & Jim Janssen, Jo Ann Pohlman and any community members that wish to participate.

CLWSD Committee – Jerry Pohlman will continue to serve on this committee along with Bill Congdon of the CLWSD.

All voted in favor and the motion carried.


A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim that Town Representatives remain as follows:

CLVFD Fire Fighters Relief Association – Three Board members represent the Town.  Jim’s term is from 2010    through 2012; Jo Ann and Terrie were appointed in 2009 with terms ending December 31, 2011.

International Rainy Lake Board of Control – Rob Scott remains as the Crane Lake representative.

All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Other New Business:  There was none.


Comments from Officers:  There were none.


PUBLIC COMMENTS – There were none.


Next Meeting:    Board of Audit Meeting, February 8, 2011 – 7:00PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, February 8, 2011 Following Board of Audit Meeting


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2011





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.