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March 18, 2008: Board/Reorganization Meeting Minutes



March 18, 2008



The March 18, 2008 Reorganization/Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman at 7:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Jerry Pohlman, and Butch Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff and 3 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen was absent.


The election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman was discussed due to Jim Janssen’s absence.  The Board decided to table Board elections until the April meeting.  Jo Ann then turned the meeting over to Chairman Jerry.


Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 2/12/2008 Board of Supervisors’ meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the Treasurer’s Report for February and presented the bills as follows:  Arthur Eggen – $145.44, CLVTB – $205.68 and Payroll – $583.66. A motion was made by Jerry, 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 – Ruth L. Carlson reported that there would be a meeting of the Committee next week.  A letter was received from the USFS removing some parcels from the land exchange, which could change things.


Community Development Update:  There was no report.


Propane:  Jim was not present to report.


CLWSD Dialog:  There has not been a meeting of the Committee since the last Township Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.


Assessment Service:  Reports were sent to all Board members of the two meetings with Mel Hintz and David Sipila of the St. Louis County Assessor’s Office attended by Butch and Jo Ann to review Township Assessor Rick Vidmar’s performance.  Information provided by Mr. Vidmar for that meeting was incomplete.  The Township will be billed by the County for the completion of Mr. Vidmar’s work.  The Board discussed available options.


Speed Bump Request-Gold Coast Road:  The response to Jim Janssen’s letter of February 21st to Marcus Hall of the St. Louis County Public Works Department was read.  The Department considers the Gold Coast Road a 30-mile an hour zone based on a 2000 assessment and has agreed to a speed study of the road this summer to determine if the speed can be lowered. Terrie will contact MnDOT for further information.




Liquor License Renewal:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch to grant requests for renewal of 2008/2009 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor Licenses for Handberg’s Marine and Pine Point Lodge. All voted in favor and the motion carried.


2008 Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting Date:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to set the date and time as tentatively scheduled by the St. Louis County Assessor’s Department as May 14, 2008, 1PM at the Fellowship Hall.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


April Short Course – Fortune Bay, 4/4/08:   Butch, Jerry and Jim are unable to attend the Short Course. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve all education and mileage expenses for those wishing to attend.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – March 18, 2008



Community Celebration:  A community event to celebration the 2008 Minnesota Sesquicetennial, the Voyageur Statue’s 50th birthday and the placement of commemorative bricks near the statue has been set for Labor Day weekend.  The Committee requested a donation for the event. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry to donate $1,500.00 to the V.T.S.I. for the celebration.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.





The question of whether the Reorganization Meeting should be held at the March meeting or after the November 2008  Township elections in January of 2009 when a new Board will preside. The Board decided to table Reorganization until the next meeting.  Jo Ann will call MAT for information.


Comments from Officers:  There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENTS – There were none.


Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, April 8, 2008 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall.

Board of Equalization Meeting, May 14, 2008 – 1PM, Fellowship Hall.




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35PM.






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.