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January 13, 2004: Minutes



January 13, 2004


The January 13, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth L. Carlson at 7:30PM, at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson and Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 4 members of the community.  Supervisor Mark Anderson was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes:  Motion by Terrie, supported by Ruth to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report and presented the bills as follows: IRS for 4th Quarter payroll taxes – $149.19; CLVTB for December Lodging Tax – $300.61; Cook News-Herald for candidate filing notices – $71.00; St. Louis County Auditor for property tax notices – $66.25; Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 1st installment of 2004 Fire Protection Contract – $10,935.00; and Payroll – $319.80.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to approve the Treasurer’s report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence:  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 – Terrie:  Supervisor Terrie reported that Cook will be getting a tower from Verizon and that it is looking promising that the Orr area will go digital.  State Representative David Dill continues to work on cell phone service for our area.


Trails/Beautification – Mark:  Supervisor Mark was not in attendance to report on the progress of the Trails/Beautification project.


Land Exchange – Ruth:  Chairman Ruth had nothing new to report.


CLWSD Board Appointments:  The County Board confirmed the Town Board’s recommendation of Mike White and Rob Scott for the CLWSD Board on 12/2/03.  The County also adopted a resolution passing the power to appoint CLWSD managers from the County to the Town Board.  This resolution will be forwarded to the MPCA to be acted upon.





Broadband Service:  Ruth reported that a group in Orr is working on broadband service for the area, which they feel they will have in March.  Ruth received a phone call requesting that someone from the Crane Lake area represent the Town at their meetings.  Ruth called Dee Kuder to represent the Town at the Orr meetings. Their next workshop meeting will be on January 21st.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth appointing Dee Kuder to represent Crane Lake at the Orr meetings on broadband service.  Motion carried.

March Election:

Candidate Filing:  Clerk Jo Ann listed the candidate filings for the March 9, 2004 Annual Election as follows:  Jerry Pohlman – Supervisor-One Year Term, Jim Janssen – Supervisor-Three Year Term, and Jo Ann Pohlman – Clerk-Two Year Term.


Absentee Ballots:  The procedure for receiving absentee ballots has been placed in the Crane Lake News of the Cook News Herald; will be in the next issue of the Voyageur Sentinel as a news item and is on the Town website or


Election Judge Appointments:  The Clerk presented her recommendation for election judges for the March Annual Election.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to accept the Clerk’s recommendation of Shirley Sanborn, Charlotte Bystrom and Jim Phelps for election judges with Shirley Sanborn serving as Head Election Judge.  There was discussion.  Motion carried.


Public Hearing/Conditional Use Permit Application (1/15/04) and Variance Application Meeting (2/17/04):  The applications are for Anderson’s Canoe Outfitters and were included on the Agenda for public information purposes.


Tobacco License Application:  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to adopt Resolution No. 2004-01 issuing a tobacco license to Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc. d/b/a Anderson Canoe Outfitters, Inc.  Motion carried.


Township Government Legal Training Seminar – St. Paul (1/29 & 30).  None of the three Supervisors are able to attend the seminar.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to approve attendance by any two members of the Board if anyone is able to go.  Motion carried.


Board of Audit Meeting Date & Time:  The Board of Audit meeting date was set for February 10, 2004 at 6:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall prior to the Board of Supervisors Meeting at 7:30PM on the same date.


Budget Committee Meeting Date & Time:  Members of the Budget Committee are Mike White, Ruth L. Carlson, Jo Ann Pohlman, Jacque Eggen, and Dee Kuder.  The Budget Committee Meeting will be held on January 22, 2004 at 9:00AM at 7514 Rocky Road.


OTHER NEW BUSINESS:  There was none.




Butch Eggen asked if the Budget Committee would be addressing the 2005 Budget.  He reminded the Board that 2005 would be the 4th year of the Community Action Plan.  The Community Action Plan is ongoing and should be revisited.  Should the Board decide to revisit the Plan in 2005, expenses should be considered at the Budget Committee Meeting.  The USFS had funds available in 2001 for the Plan; which may be available again.  Butch was the President of the Steering Committee previously and would be willing to serve again.  The Community Action Plan will be on the Agenda for the February meeting.


COMMENTS BY OFFICERS – Jo Ann suggested that people look at the changes and additions to the website.  The CLWSD and CLVTB will be linked to the Town site.  A picture of the Voyageur for the homepage is still needed.  Butch Eggen volunteered to photograph the Voyageur.  Ruth explained why she is not running for Town Supervisor.  When she filed in the last election she made a promise to herself that she would only run for the one-year term.  She had made a decision to serve to help get the Township government up and running and then pass the torch to younger heads.  She stated that decision many times during the year and she will not break her word.  She also stated she will always be an interested party in the workings of the Town Board.  She believes in our local government and will serve it if called upon.  She sincerely hopes that as our local government develops many people of different ages and ideas will choose to serve it.  She firmly believes Township Government is the truest form of grass roots power and only by participating will citizens realize how great this form of democracy is.


The next Regular Board Meeting will be February 10, 2004 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Board of Audit meeting preceding at 6:30PM.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:05PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                    Ruth Carlson, Chairman