Crane Lake Township

Current Topics

June 8, 2004: Minutes



June 8, 2004



The June 8, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Mark Anderson at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Mark Anderson and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 14 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen and Treasurer Jacque Eggen were absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  Meeting location change was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark to approve the minutes of the 5/11/2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Clerk Jo Ann read the Treasurer’s Report in Jacque’s absence. Jo Ann then presented the bills as follows: – $29.90; Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney, Lindell – $192.50; MAT Agency – $406.00, Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $802.07; and Payroll – $296.72.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark 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.




Help American Vote Act (HAVA):  Clerk Jo Ann reported that the Town had been awarded $144 to be used for polling place accessibility improvements.  The Disability Grant Contract will be signed and returned to the Secretary of State’s Office.  The Clerk will make the requested purchases upon notification from the Secretary of State’s Office.


Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Trails/Beautification – Chairman Mark stated that Ruth L. Carlson would incorporate the Trails report in her report on the Land Exchange.  The two projects are being combined by funding sources.
  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim Janssen was not present to report.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that she is awaiting word from Potlatch Corporation on land available to buy for the exchange.  The Forest Service has indicated parcels of land which they consider desirable for the exchange.  A hike and bike trail has been proposed from the gorge to the Voyageur Statue. There will be other trails proposed in the over all plan for the town.  The University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes will develop a plan including the land received in the exchange and a trail system.  There will be input from the citizens of Crane Lake  at public meetings.  A plan will be developed from this input.  Grants are being secured for the project expenses.  The Town has been assured of $20,000 from the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership and $5,000 from St. Louis County.  An application has been presented to the US Forest Service and the County Recreation Fund for the remainder of the funds.


Re-Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen spoke on behalf of the committee.  Zoning maps and information have been received from St. Louis County. Darrell Scott, Doug Marshall, and Supervisor Jerry Pohlman will also serve on the committee.  The committee is interested in any input from citizens on the subject and will continue to work with St. Louis County and report back to the Town Board.  The Re-zoning Committee will dovetail with the Land Exchange team.


Bear Island Issue: The Board has spoken to the Township attorney as well as the Minnesota Association of Townships attorney.  The MAT attorney wishes to speak to the Township attorney before a decision is made. The decision was tabled until the next meeting.




Liquor License Renewals:

  • A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark to grant Paul Allan Tufte d/b/a Camp 40’s request and Anderson Outfitters, Inc.’s request for renewal of 2004-2005 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor Licenses and Scott’s of Crane Lake, Inc. d/b/a Scott’s Resort’s request for renewal of 2004-2005 Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License.  Motion carried.


Town Assessor Contract: A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry to contract with Vidmar Appraisals for the year 2004-2005 assessor services.  Motion carried.


MAT Short Course/Grand Rapids – 7/29/04:  Clerk Jo Ann requested that the Board members let her know if they plan to attend the Short Course prior to the next meeting to qualify for the Early-Bird registration fee.


Scott’s of Crane Lake Property Development Intentions:  Carole Scott spoke to the Board and the community members present of their property development plans.  Carole requested letters of support for their project be written by community members and the Board to be presented at their hearing with the County.  Chairman Mark said a letter of support would be written.


Meeting Location Change:  The July, August, and September meetings will be held at the Groomer Garage rather than the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


Public Comments:


Mike White said that the latest Crane Lake Water & Sanitary District Financial Plan was posted on the CLWSD website.  He also said the Timberjay had contacted him about an article they will be writing on the District.  It is possible that old issues will be revisited as well as the past court case.


Ruth L. Carlson congratulated Carole Scott on coming before the Board and laying out their plans.


Charlie Crocket asked when the paving of the Gold Coast Area would occur.  Mike White answered that paving would follow the completion of the grinder pump placements, which is scheduled for July 1st.  The roads are to be restored to their previous condition.  There is an issue of responsibility with ditching and the culvert by Borderland.


Charlie Crocket stated that the dock is still on Wes Gatzke’s property on Bear Island and that Bill Traff should in good faith to the Judge’s Order remove the dock.  Bill said he planned to remove the dock that night.


Comments from Officers.  Mark thanked everyone for coming and thanked Carole Scott for her presentation.  Jerry also thanked everyone for coming and would have liked to resolve the Bear Island issue.


Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, July 13, 2004 at 7:30PM at the Groomer Garage.


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






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Mark Anderson, Chairman