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May 12, 2009: Minutes



May 12, 2009


The May 12, 2009 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:34PM 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 3 members 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 4/14/09 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the April Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  McCahill Publishing – $20.25; CLVTB – $399.43 and Payroll – $513.80.  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: Ruth L. Carlson stated that the land corporation, which consists of Bill Congdon, Butch Eggen, and the Township, deals with the USFS on the exchange.  The Corporation has hired retired USFS land specialist David Schmidt as a consultant to work through the government requirements for the exchange. Mr. Schmidt’s assistance should save the Township both time and money.  The Corp. is currently working on the feasibility analysis for both the land the Township owns and the land that will be received.  This may be completed in 2010.  A meeting was held in Duluth with members of the land corporation and three members of the USFS.


Speed Hump Request-Gold Coast Road:  A fully executed original of the St. Louis County Agreement between The County of St. Louis and The Town of Crane Lake to install speed humps on County State Aid Highway No. 24 (Gold Coast Road) was received. The order for the speed humps was placed and the speed humps have been shipped to the County garage in Cook.  A call will be made to Jack Shelde at the County garage in Cook to confirm installment time.


VNP Project Report:  Rob Scott, Chairman of the CLWSD was present to update the Township Board on CLWSD activities.   Mr. Scott reviewed the past year’s operations; the freezing issues of 2007, 08, and 09; corrective actions that have been taken and continue; infiltration issues that are currently being addressed; and budget, which includes an intentional default on the USDA-RD loan.  The USDA-RD has presented a workout plan to the District to resolve loan issues.  Mr. Scott explained involvement of the District in the VNP Water Project, which was formed as a multiple group effort to develop a comprehensive plan to provide an environmentally sensitive and responsible solution to the problem of non-compliant and failing septic systems located within the Study Area. A Joint Powers Authority Board was formed with representation from each area, Crane Lake, Kabetogama, and Ash River plus two County Commissioners, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Forsman.  Planning funds have been received from the IRR and St. Louis County.  SEH, Inc. engineering firm was selected for planning.  Gary Cerkvenik of the Costin Group provides lobbying efforts for funding.  Another JPA involving Koochiching County and St. Louis County was formed to oversee funding.


Assessment Service:  Assessment service for the upcoming contract period was discussed by the Board.


Culvert:  A letter to Chris Morris requesting an update on the plans to replace the culvert on Gold Coast Road was sent on April 16th with no response received to date.  Another letter will be written to Mr. Morris.




Tobacco License Renewals:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch to adopt Resolution No. 2009-02 issuing a tobacco products license for Scotts of Crane Lake d/b/a Scotts Seaplane Base, Store & Service for the year ending the 31st day of December 2009.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch knowing that he has a conflict as an owner of Nelson’s Resort, to adopt Resolution No. 2009-01 issuing a tobacco products license for Nelson’s Resort, Inc. d/b/a Nelson’s Resort, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December 2009.  Jim and Butch voted in favor and Jerry abstained.  The motion passed.


Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2009


Other New Business:  Jim asked if the Board would draft a letter to Township residents describing the current issue with School District 2142.  There was Board discussion.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry to send a letter to School District 2142 requesting a delay in their decision on school consolidation before assurance of land availability for a new school can be confirmed.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Comments from Officers:  Terrie thanked Rob Scott and Ruth Carlson for their reports and efforts in community activities.  All the Supervisors agreed with Terrie.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  There were none.




Next Meeting:    Board of Appeal & Equalization, May 13, 2009 – 1PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’, June 9, 2009 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall




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





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.