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March 17, 2009: Minutes



March 17, 2009


The March 17, 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 following in attendance:  Supervisors Butch Eggen and Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 9 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 2/10/09 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the February Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe – $271.25; McCahill Publishing – $9.00; CLVTB – $482.18 and Payroll – $717.46.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Jerry and Butch 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: Ruth L. Carlson reported that she anticipates forward movement in 2009 with the Land Exchange being completed in 2010 and expects to have a progress report at the next meeting.  After the land exchange is completed the Township will be able to move forward with the Community Property Project and Trails.


Community Development Update:  There was no report.


Speed Hump Request-Gold Coast Road:  St. Louis County and Township Attorney Bob Ruppe concur on the language for the speed hump agreement.  An email from Victor Lund, St. Louis County, to Speed Hump Committee Chairman Cathy Erickson indicated that the official copies of the agreement would arrive prior to the March 17th meeting.  They did not arrive.  Jim Janssen is named in the agreement as the Authorized Representative for administering the agreement.  The Board felt Jim should be present to discuss the agreement and tabled signature approval of the agreement until the April meeting.



Liquor License Renewals:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch to grant requests for renewal of 2009/2010 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor Licenses for Anderson Outfitters, Inc., Handberg’s Marine, Inc., Pine Point Lodge and Resort, Inc. and Scott’s of Crane Lake, Inc.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to grant a request for renewal of 2009/2010 Combination On-Sale/Off-Sale and Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor Licenses to VHB, Inc.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, both knowing that they had conflicts as owners of Nelson’s Resort, to grant a request for renewal of 2009 Seasonal On-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor Licenses and 2009/2010 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor License for Nelson’s Resort, Inc.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


2009 Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting Date, 5/13/09 – 1PM:  Board members confirmed that this date was agreeable.


April Short Course – Fortune Bay, 4/3/09:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve all education and mileage expenses for those wishing to attend.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


State Fire Fighters Retirement – Jeff Sanborn:  Fire Chief Jeff Sanborn spoke to the group about his task force participation over the past year to create a state-wide pension plan for volunteer fire fighters.  The funding currently comes from 2% of individual insurance policies which goes to a relief association and is then sent to townships to be forwarded to the fire department relief associations throughout the state.  With a state-wide pension plan the 2% monies would be handled by PARA rather than each individual relief association.  There is currently a bill waiting to be voted upon, probably by August.  The CLVFD would be looking at joining that group.  Jeff will speak again as more information becomes available.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – March 17, 2009





VNP Project Report – Jim Janssen:  Jim provided an emailed report in his absence, which Jerry read. Jim attended a meeting in St. Paul regarding funding options for the sewer project that currently includes the CLWSD, Kabetogama Township, and Ash River.  The Project’s mission is to clean up the valuable waters of the VNP.  Request for funding of this project is spearheaded by Gary Cerkvenik of The Costin Group.  There was representation from St. Louis County, the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government.  Jim attended representing his Kabetogama business and left thinking that he should have been representing the Township also.  He requested that the Project be placed on next month’s agenda to discuss the Township’s role in the effort.


Community Celebration – Ruth L. Carlson:  Ruth related that the celebration was well received in 2008 and that the Committee had met on March 16th agreeing that the celebration should be continued.  The Committee requested $1,500.00 for event expenses, which is the same amount requested and approved in 2008.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to approve the Committee’s request for $1,500.00 for celebration expenses.  Jerry and Butch voted in favor and the motion carried.


Spring Clean-Up Day – Shirley Sanborn:  Shirley has organized clean-up day in the past and agreed to do so again for 2009.  April 25th was set as the Clean-Up Day date with April 26th set as the rain date.  Missy Scott of Scott’s Peaceful Valley Resort said they would supply the bags this year.


Other New Business:  There was none.


Comments from Officers:  Terrie suggested that Community Development Update be removed from the agenda.  Jo Ann mentioned that she had sent an email inquiry to Chris Morris, St. Louis County regarding the culvert replacement status.  His response was, “We are planning on letting it after we get the utility relocation issue resolved.”  The culvert will be on next month’s agenda.  Butch encouraged the Supervisors to contact our County Commissioner regarding the culvert issue.




Cathy Erickson asked what the process would be for signing the final draft of the speed hump agreement.  The Board responded that the Board would need to approve the agreement then it would be signed.  Butch suggested that a Board member should then order the speed humps and a decision should be made to continue or disband the Speed Hump Committee.


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




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.





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.