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July 13, 2004: Minutes



July 13, 2004



The July 13, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Groomer Garage with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Jerry Pohlman and Jim Janssen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 20 members of the community.  Supervisor Mark Anderson was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 6/08/2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report. Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  MN Assoc. of Twp Agency – $399.00; IRS – $175.75; Crane Lake Fireworks – $100.00; MN Assoc. of Twp. – $70.00; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $4,944.46; Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department – $21,870.00 and Payroll – $292.09.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, 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:

  • Trails/Beautification – Chairman Mark was not present to report.
  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen reported that he and community member Bob  Kaiser had been working on the project.  They had spoken to a company that leases land and sets up towers for cell phone use.  They are waiting for a response from the company.  Mr. Kaiser said the Township would need to find an interested service provider.  A larger volume of users in the area would be  needed for the service to be provided.  Suggestions to  increase the number of people using the service were; survey resort guests and create a list of interested parties, and possibly extend the service to Buyck.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reviewed the project to date.  The total expected cost of the project is $45,000.  Project funding is the main focus at this time with the Town being assured of $20,000 from the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership and $5,000 from St. Louis County.  Other options are being researched.  Community meetings that were planned for July will now be in September.  Meetings will be published in the paper and will be posted.


Re-Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen did not have anything to report.


Bear Island Issue: The Board discussed the pros and cons of the Town opening the road on Bear Island. Jerry made a motion, supported by Jim, that the Town of Crane Lake does not want to open or maintain Highland Park Road on Bear Island as a Township road.  Motion carried.


Supervisor Jim Janssen stated that there had been lots of discussion and controversy over the Bear Island issue in our community, which has been divided over other issues, and hopes the community can move on.


MAT Short Course/Grand Rapids – 7/29/04:  Clerk Jo Ann explained that this year’s Short Course would include required training for the Clerk for the September and November elections, required Supervisor Board of Appeal & Equalization training, and courses for the Treasurer.  Mark and Jo Ann plan to attend the training.  Mileage and registration fees will be paid for any officers attending the Short Course.




Crane Lake Voyageur Snowmobile Club Donation – Jerry explained that the CLVSC wished to make a contribution for children’s prized for the parade on July 4th and did so by making the contribution to a unit of government, the Town of Crane Lake.  The CLVSC made a contribution to the Town in the amount of $100.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to accept the donation of $100 from the CLVSC to be forwarded to the Crane Lake Fireworks for the children’s prizes.  Motion carried.


Gold Coast Road Repair: The County will be putting in culverts across Gold Coast Road this week.  The bituminous will be applied by Wagner Construction following the culvert work.  They will apply a 2” base and a 1 ½” overlay, which was the way the road was before construction.  They will do the whole road except where the curbing starts across from Gini Stahnke’s house – from there on they will patch the road.  The big culvert by Borderland will be replaced by the County in the fall.


Election Judges:  Clerk Jo Ann asked that anyone interested in being an election judge contact her.  Election judges are needed for the upcoming September and November elections.


Budget Meeting:  There will be a final Budget Committee meeting to review the 2005 Budget and recommended levy prior to the Reconvened Annual Meeting on August 10.  The date and time will be posted when they are set.


Public Comments:


A point of interest was made by Marshall Bergerson regarding the Bear Island issue.  Mr. Traff had built a new road on the north side of Bear Island from the water’s edge to his property in one day. Mr. Bergerson also mentioned that a number of people on Bear Island would like to plant trees on Highland Park Road away from the power line and asked if the Town had any jurisdiction.


Charlie Crocket applauded the Board on their decision and decision making process.


Marshall Bergerson asked whom to contact for trees.  The DNR and Mr. Wurst were suggested.


Mr. Setzephandt questioned the number of voting members of the Board.  Jerry explained that there were three Supervisors; therefore, a quorum for a meeting is two Supervisors.



Comments from Officers.  Jo Ann said it was nice to see so many people at the meeting.  Jim agreed.  Jerry thanked everyone for their approval of the Board’s decision on the Bear Island issue.


Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, followed by the Reconvened Annual Meeting, August 10, 2004, at 7:30PM at the Groomer Garage.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Vice-Chairman Jerry at 8:15PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Jerry Pohlman, Vice-Chairman