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June 14, 2005: Minutes



June 14, 2005


The June 14, 2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:33PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Jerry Pohlman and Mark Anderson, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Butch Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 1 member of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 5/10/2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Butch read the Treasurer’s Report.  Butch then presented the bills as follows:  Lutefisk Technologies – $29.90; Vidmar Appraisals – $1,360.00; McCahill Publishing – $94.50; MAT Agency – $669.00; CLVTB – $6,250.00 and $861.33; and Payroll – $502.82.  A motion was made by Mark, 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:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim was not present to report.  His E-mail to the Clerk stated that things were continuing to move forward, but slowly.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson was not present to report but had E-mailed a progress report submitted to the US Forest Service for the Project of Land Exchange and Community Design.  The report is required as it concerns the $10,000 Grant that the Township received to cover expenses for the design and planning for the Town.  The report included the following: Project goal: To meet the community priorities through the development of an organized, environmentally sound and sustainable comprehensive plan for the acres that will be acquired in a land exchange with the US Forest Service, which would include a trails system, community center, housing and other developments to enhance the Town of Crane Lake and expand its tax base.  Actual: Stakeholder meetings were held and work with the University Center for Changing Landscapes conducting an inventory for design sites.  Unit Costs: There are no unit costs submitted to-date to the Town.  Problem: To find adequate land available to exchange in the land exchange that will be acceptable to the USFS and to be purchased by the Town.  Land sought from Potlatch Corp has resulted in having to wait many months for a response.  Resolution: To research other available lands with cooperation of the USFS.  Activity Anticipated Next Reporting Period:  Identify acceptable available land for the exchange and initiate purchase action.  Hold a public meeting in August with a tentative preliminary design presentation from the U of M Center for Changing Landscapes.


Zoning of Town Properties Committee Report: There was no report.  The Board discussed and agreed to remove Zoning from the agenda.  The Committee will remain as is and reports will be included on the agenda as needed.


CLVTB Ordinance Change Request:  The Board of Directors of the Crane Lake Visitor and Tourism Bureau voted to withdraw their request for a change to the Lodging Tax Ordinance.  A letter stating their decision will be sent to the Town Board.




Approve Insurance Package Renewal:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the Insurance package renewal received from the Minnesota Association of Townships Agency including the Clerk and Treasurer Bond, Public Officials’ Liability (E&O) coverage, and Property, Auto, & Liability (PAL) coverage.  Motion carried.


Approve Assessment Services Agreement.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to approve the 2005/2006 Assessment Services Agreement between the Town of Crane Lake and Vidmar Appraisals.  Motion carried.


Liquor License Renewal: A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to grant the request for the renewal of 2005-2006 Combination On/Off-sale & Sunday On-sale Liquor License for Voyagaire Lodge.  Motion carried.


Summer Short Course – Grand Rapids 7/28/05:  Treasurer Butch suggested, and the Board agreed, that the Deputy Clerk and Deputy Treasurer, should they be appointed, be included as possible attendees at the Short Course.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to approve mileage and training expenses for any Town Board members wishing to attend the Short Course on 7/28/05.  Motion carried.  Clerk Jo Ann requested that anyone wishing to attend let her know before the next meeting.


Public Meeting Date & Time – U of M, Center for Changing Landscapes Presentation:  The Board agreed upon 6PM, August 9, 2005 prior to the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting at 7:30PM and the Reconvened Annual Meeting at 8:30PM, with August 8th as an alternative date.  The meeting will be posted.


Public Comments – None


Comments from Officers:  Butch reported that research on laptop computers for the Clerk and Treasurer was progressing and that the expense would need to be considered in the 2006 Budget.  He also stated that if the Community Action Plan were to be reviewed in 2006, as recommended, a budget addition of approximately $3,000 would have to be considered.  A possible grant may be available for this.  Butch also mentioned that Deputy Clerk and Treasurer training time should be paid to those officials. The Board agreed.


Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, July 12, 2005, 7:30PM, Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall (Location may need to be changed and will be posted).


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Jerry Pohlman, Chairman