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July 9, 2002: Minutes

The July 9, 2002 Board of Supervisors Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth Carlson at 7:30PM, Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson, Mark R. Anderson and Terrie J. Hoff, Treasurer Jacque L. Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, and 15 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  Office Supply was added to New Business.


Old Business:


Minutes – Motion by Mark, supported by Terrie to approve the minutes of the June 26, 2002 Reorganizational Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – None


Correspondence – The correspondence was accepted to be filed as presented  by Clerk Jo Ann.


Mailing Address – The mailing address is as follows:  Town of Crane Lake, P.O. Box 402, Crane Lake, MN  55725


New Business:


Officers Training & Educational Conferences – Chairman Ruth described the following:  Assoc. of Township Summer Short Course in Grand Rapids, August 1, 2002 with approximate cost of $325 for 5 Board members.  St. Louis County Awards Dinner at Fortune Bay, October 11, 2002 with approximate cost of $137 for 5 Board members.  Minn. Assoc. of Townships Educational Conference & Annual Meeting in Alexandria, November 21 through 23, 2002 with approximate cost of $1,607 for 5 Board members.


Motion by Terrie, supported by Ruth to attend the Summer Short Course.  There was discussion of the ability of all to attend.  Motion carried.


Motion by Terrie, support by Mark that anyone able to go should attend the Awards Dinner at Fortune Bay.  Discussion of date confirmation being needed.  Motion carried.


Motion by Mark, support by Ruth that anyone available should attend the Alexandria Conference.  Discussion on how many should attend.  Motion carried.


Fire Protection – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to contact the Fire Chief asking if the Fire Department would enter into a contract for Fire Protection Coverage for the Town of Crane Lake for 2003.  A response by August 10, 2002 would be requested.  There was discussion as to whether it would be a yearly contract or open end and would the First Responders fall within that contract. Another option would be to contract through St. Louis County.  After discussion, the motion carried.  A point of information was raised by Treasurer Jacque to look in the Minn. Assoc. of Townships book for contract forms.


Lodging Tax – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark to send a letter to the Crane Lake Visitor and Tourism Bureau asking if they would be interested in the Town of Crane Lake accepting the funds.  Motion carried.


Office Supply – A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to purchase a Minnesota State Flag.  Motion carried.

Committee Reports –

Interim Financing Committee Report – Committee Chairman, Terrie Hoff reported that on June 30, committee members Butch Eggen, Jeff Sanborn and herself met to discuss options.  On 7/1 Beacon Bank was contacted.  The Town could secure a loan of $25,000 to $30,000 at less than 6% per year.  The Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau (CLVTB) would loan up to $25,000 at 2% interest.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Mark to accept the CLVTB offer.  Point of information by Butch Eggen:  The CLVTB did not discuss a line of credit, but rather a ceiling of up to $25,000 for 12 months.  A letter is being written to the Town to that effect.  Motion was restated as follows:  A motion was made to accept an offer of line of credit from the CLVTB with a ceiling of $25,000.  Motion carried.  Chairman Ruth thanked the committee members for working on the committee.


Budget & Levy Committee Report – Committee Chairman Mike White reported that the figures used for 2002 were used as a basis for the 2003 figures.  The 2003 budget needs to be determined by September 16.  Committee member Dorothy Mohr reviewed the proposed budgets for 2002 and 2003.  Chairman Ruth thanked the committee for their efforts.  Treasurer Jacque raised a point of information that the 2003 revenues needed to be reported.  Dorothy Mohr did so.


Comments from Officers – Treasurer Jacque hopes to learn a lot at the Summer Short Course and stated that the Budget & Levy Committee has much more to do.  Clerk Jo Ann had no comment.  Supervisors Mark and Terrie had no comments.  Chairman Ruth thanked all for coming and added that their attendance is appreciated.


Public Comments- Dorothy Mohr hopes to firm up the budget by the August Board Meeting.  Mike White hesitates to say levy will be ready by the August Meeting.  He suggested allowing  as much time as possible to work on it by report at the September 9 meeting rather than the August 13 meeting.


Next Meeting – Board of Supervisors Meeting, August 13, 2002 at 7:30PM at the Cane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business, a motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Chairman Ruth adjourned the meeting at 8:10PM.





Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                           Ruth Carlson, Chairman