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November 14, 2006: Minutes



November 14, 2006



The November 14, 2006 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, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 3 members of the community.  Supervisor Jim Janssen arrived at 7:45PM.


Additions to the Agenda:  Warren Bradbury’s letter of 11/9/06 was added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 10/10/06 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Terrie read the October Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Shirley Sanborn – $107.00; Charlotte Bystrom – $69.00; Virginia Marshall – $68.00; Joan Olson – $97.00; Regents of the U of M – $4,562.27; Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe – $942.50; Andresen & Butterworth – $123.50; MN Assoc. of Twps. – $330.00; Radisson Hotel – $488.16; McCahilll Publishing – $27.00; CLVTB – $4,379.63; and Payroll – $503.81.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch and Jerry 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.


Supervisor Jim Janssen arrived during the reading of the correspondence.




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that there was no final finding on financing for the Land Exchange and that the Township attorney is working on it.  She also reported that the purchase agreement with MN Power dated December 1, 2006has been extended to June 30, 2007.  The purchase agreement time extension will allow the Township more time to consider financing options.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  There was no report.


Snake Creek Property:  Butch presented a draft letter and maps to send to affected property owners before submitting a request for a lot size change to the County.  The letter was discussed and one minor change was made.  The letters will be mailed soon.


MAT Educational Conference – Nov. 16, 17, & 18 – Duluth DECC:  Supervisor Butch Eggen, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, and Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman will be attending the Fall Conference.


Hilltop Road Right-of-Way:  Chairman Jerry stated that a letter was received from Stuart McKie’s attorney, Charles Andresen, requesting that the Township take immediate steps to correct the situation on Hilltop Road and see that all materials are removed from the right-of-way.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, authorizing Jerry to communicate with the Township attorney and proceed as the attorney recommends.  Jim, Butch, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.


CLWSD Board Appointments:  An application has been received from Rob Scott for one position.  Applications for both positions will be received by the Township Board until December 5th.  The Township Board encourages all qualified residents to apply.


Culvert:  A letter was written to Chris Morris of the St. Louis County Public Works Dept. requesting a written description and/or drawings of the approved culvert design as well as the date set for the project to begin.  No response has been received; Jo Ann will pursue communications with Mr. Morris.


 Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – November 14, 2006





Warren Bradbury Letter:  Warren Bradbury’s letter of November 9, 2006 regarding response to a legal notice related to the Bear Island Road issue was read aloud, as requested.  Mr. Bradbury’s letter of 9/20/06 was included in correspondence received.



Comments from Officers:  Terrie reported that she had attended the Minnesota Rural Water Seminar on wastewater issues; she plans to provide the CLWSD Board with information received.  Butch reported that he and Ruth L. Carlson attended the North East Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership meeting in Cloquet recently.  The Partnership helped with the design for the Community Property Project along with C.J. Fernandez.  Butch will be retiring from that board while Ruth will remain as Vice-Chair.  Mike Lang will be joining the board.  Butch also attended a MN. Forest Resource Council, Site Level Monitoring committee meeting in Grand Rapids recently.  He noted he had learned that  language used in voluntary monitoring guidelines may have been inadvertently used by other governments (i.e counties and townships) which make them mandatory. His message to the board was, don’t assume that proposed ordinances or other matters of proposed rulemaking have been crafted with necessary review and approval of the authoring governmental units.





Ruth L. Carlson stated that Okay Ukage presented Butch with a very nice plaque and a board game called Fishin’-opoly for his service on the NEMSDP Board.


Ruth also mentioned that the check written to the Regents of the U of M for $4,562.27 will be reimbursed to the Township as Grant money from the USFS.


Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, December 12, 2006, 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.