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June 9, 2009: Minutes



June 9, 2009


The June 9, 2009 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and one member of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 5/12/09 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the May Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Vidmar Appraisals – $1,444.51; St. Louis County Auditor – $180.49; McCahill Publishing – $19.50; Traffic Logix Inc. – $8,650.00; Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corp – $238.34 and Payroll – $452.23.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  All 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.





Land Exchange/Community Property Project: There was no report.


Speed Hump Request-Gold Coast Road:  The speed humps have been installed.  The Board thanked the Speed Hump Committee for their work on the project.


VNP Project Report:  Rob Scott, Chairman of the CLWSD was present to update the Township Board on CLWSD activities.   Mr. Scott stated that the plant continues to meet MPCA standards and has been converted for summer operation.  He continued with an explanation of the challenges affecting the collection system.  SEH’s analysis of the system is complete and corrective actions will be taken throughout the summer to relieve the freezing issues that have occurred each year.  Infiltration of grinder tanks will also be addressed this summer.  The District is currently working with Lake Country Power to remedy the alarm situation at the main lift station, which is due to freezing. The workout plan with USDA-RD for loan relief is in the final stages and will be presented to the USDA-RD national level for consideration. The Joint Powers Authority Board met in Cook and was briefed by SEH on a comprehensive plan for the VNP Project.  Another JPA involving Koochiching County and St. Louis County has been formed to oversee funding and there is hope of establishing an advisory board made up of members of AshRiver, Crane Lake, Kabetogama and Jack Fish Bay.


Assessment Service:  The Board discussed options for the upcoming contract period for assessment services. An offer for assessment services was received from Jan Jackson of Kelsey, Minnesota.  Jim will communicate with Ms. Jackson and some of her references and will report his findings to Jo Ann within two weeks.  Jo Ann will contact the County to determine when a contract must be signed. Assessment decisions were tabled.


Culvert:  An email from Chris Morris dated 6/5/09 stated that an agreement will be mailed.  It also stated that no comments on the preliminary plan set had been received from CJ Fernandez, St. Louis County will send the Township final plans, trees within 75’ of the existing pipe will be removed and most of the restored area will be seeded.  The area between the top of the retaining walls and the sidewalk will be rock.   A thank you will be emailed to Mr. Morris and the Township will communicate with Mr. Morris again in August.




Early Tax Distribution:  A letter was received from the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office offering an early distribution of part of the first half of 2009 taxes.  The Board declined the offer.


Waters Edge – Emergency Evacuation Plan:  Waters Edge provided an emergency evacuation plan for the RV Park as requested by the County Health Department last year.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry to approve Waters Edge RV Park’s emergency evacuation plan with the understanding that the Township has no background on evacuation plans.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.



Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – June 9, 2009


Other New Business:  Jim informed the Board and others present that the School Board had decided on closing both Orr and Cook schools with plans to build a new school in between.  A location has not been determined.


Comments from Officers:  Terrie has talked with Beth Sokoloski about the fireworks.  Terrie will ask Anderson’s if their barge can be used.  Butch had a call from John Kulas requesting to be in the parade.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  There were none.



Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, July 14, 2009 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall





There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.





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.