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July 11, 2006: Minutes



July 11, 2006



The July 11, 2006 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 17 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  Proposed 2007 Budget and Insurance for Computers were added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 6/13/06 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Terrie read the June Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Lutefisk Technologies – $65.00; Terrie Hoff – $63.93; CLVFD – $24,000.00; Crane Lake Fireworks – $250.00; Buyck Centennial Committee – $50.00; CLVTB – $2,495.63; and Payroll – $499.58.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch, Jerry and Jim 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.




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen reported that the power is running for the tower and all equipment has been installed.  The tower should be here in a couple of days. Cell phone service is anticipated for the first part of August.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson stated that at the Reconvened Annual Town Meeting on August 8 the people will be asked to vote on a budget line item of $15,000 for the purchase of land.  This item will be for legal fees and an annual payment on a loan necessary to purchase land.  The loan will be $150,000 to purchase 320 plus acres from Minnesota Power, which the Forest Service has approved for a land exchange.  The loan will eventually be paid off by the sales of lots from the exchanged land.  The Town will exchange the Minnesota Power land and receive 80 acres lying in the Town’s borders.  This will include the land that houses the Fire Hall giving the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department ownership of their own land and the Town will either continue to lease land or sell land to the telephone company.  A copy of the purchase agreement and resolution to accept the land purchase will be available to the public prior to the August meeting and a formal presentation will be given at the meeting.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  Butch reported that the Committee met on June 26th at 7PM at the Fire Hall.  Tim Campbell was present and will be the facilitator for the planned community gathering with the anticipated date being August 23rd.  The Committee agreed that the gathering would include a meal.  A letter will be sent to community members inviting them to attend and participate.


CLWSD Appointments:  A complete application was received from David Adams to fill the three-year-term vacancy on the CLWSD Board.  Mr. Adam’s application was tabled at the last meeting because it was incomplete.  The Board also wanted to allow the community time to express their opinions on Mr. Adams’ appointment to the Board.  The Board did receive both positive and negative responses to his appointment to the CLWSD Board.  A motion was made to adopt Resolution #2006-06 appointing David Adams to the Board of Managers of the CLWSD for a term beginning immediately and ending the first business day of January 2009.  Butch, Jerry, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.  Chairman Jerry thanked Dave Adams for applying for the position and wished him luck.


Accessibility:  Jo Ann reported that a letter was received from the Secretary of State’s Office awarding a $4,500 grant for accessibility improvements to the Crane Lake polling place.  The grant is for a temporary outdoor ramp for the Fellowship Hall.


2006 Summer Short Course – Grand Rapids 7/28/06:  Butch Eggen will be attending the Short Course, Jo Ann is still considering attending.


 Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – July 11, 2006





American Flag Presentation Remarks:  Jerry and Jo Ann attended a Flag Presentation ceremony on July 4th at Robert and Missy Scott’s.  Anna Congdon presented the Crane Lake Township with an American Flag that flew over Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq on December 15, 2005, Iraq’s Independence Day.  Jerry thanked Anna and all those in uniform for their service to our country.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to approve expenses to purchase display items for the flag and to write a letter of thanks to Anna.  Jim, Butch, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Crane Lake Voyageur Snowmobile Club Donation (Fireworks):  Terrie explained that the CLVSC donated $250 to the Township for the Township to donate to the Fireworks.  The Club must donate through a government agency.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry to accept the donation to be forwarded to the Crane Lake Fireworks.  Jim, Jerry, and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad Donation:  The Board discussed donating to the Rescue Squad and decided not to do so as money was not budgeted for a donation.


Other New Business


Proposed 2007 Budget:  Jerry explained the changes made to the Proposed 2007 Budget since its presentation at the March Annual Meeting.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to accept the Proposed 2007 Budget recommended by the Budget Committee to be presented to the public at the Reconvened Annual Meeting on August 8th.  Butch, Jim, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Insurance:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim to add the new computers to the insurance policy.  Butch, Jim, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Comments from Officers: Jerry spoke to the many people present from Bear Island stating that nothing had been received in writing addressing the Bear Island road issue.  Butch asked if there had been any further communication from the County regarding the culvert, there had not. Jim said it was nice to see a large attendance at the meeting.



Janet Casareto asked when there would be cell phone service and what would be the range.  Jim responded that cell phone service was anticipated in August and depending on the topography of the land, there should be fairly good service into Sandpoint, along Vermilion River and to Sandpoint Lodge.  It also should reach four to five miles south.  There is talk about a larger tower in the Buyck area.


Gini Marshall asked for clarification on the funds for the Fireworks.  Terrie explained that they had enough to pay the bill for this year but they liked to have an additional $2,000 to pay the deposit for the next year.  Currently they are $1,000 short for the 2007 deposit.


Dorothy Mohr asked if the budget would be passed at the August 8th meeting.  The Board responded that it would be up to the people, not the Board, to approve the budget and levy amount for 2007.  She asked who else was involved in the land exchange.  Ruth L. Carlson responded that Butch Eggen and Bill Congdon were the other participants as the USFS requires more than one entity when doing a land exchange.


Ruth L. Carlson invited anyone to call her to discuss the land exchange.  Her phone number is 993-2424.


Bob Kaiser asked if there was a legal decision on the Township’s responsibility regarding the road on Bear Island.  Jerry responded that the Township did not accept responsibility for a road on Bear Island as the Township does not currently have any roads.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – July 11, 2006



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, August 8, 2006 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall.

Reconvened Annual Meeting immediately following.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM.






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.