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November 18, 003: Minutes



November 18, 2003


The November 18, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth Carlson at 7:30PM, at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson and Terrie Hoff, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 3 members of the community.  Supervisor Mark Anderson and Treasurer Jacque Eggen were absent.


Additions to the Agenda:  The County Board vacancies were added to Other New Business.


Minutes:  Motion by Ruth, supported by Terrie to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  In Treasurer Jacque’s absence, Clerk Jo Ann read the Treasurer’s Report. The Cash Flow Statement for the month of October was:  Beginning Balance – $14,652.14, Receipts – $11,947.94, Disbursements – $17,633.18, Ending Balance – $8,966.90.   Jo Ann then presented the bills as follows: Ely for web design – $130.00; Vidmar Appraisals for appraisal service – $1,360.00; MN Assoc. of Twp. for Fall Conference – $178.54; Holiday Inn for Fall Conference – $178.54; Cook News-Herald to publish Tobacco Ordinance – $217.00; Postmaster for stamps – $37.00; CLVTB for October Lodging Tax – $6,903.39 and Payroll – $324.41.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to approve the Treasurer’s report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence:  The Clerk presented the correspondence.  The correspondence was received as read and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.




Web Site:  The web site is up and running.  Pictures of the Voyageur statue are being considered for the home-page.    The links to other sites are not set up yet.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to send letters to the CLWSD, CLVTB, CL Volunteer Fire Department, VTSI and CL Snowmobile Club inviting them to link to the Town website.  Motion carried.  Watch the continuing progress of the site at or


Bear Island Issue:  Chairman Ruth reminded everyone that the hearing has been scheduled for November 19, 2003 at 9:00AM at the Duluth Court House.  Chairman Ruth recommended that Board members attend.


Community Priority Projects Reports:


Communications/Cell Phones – Terrie:  Terrie again spoke to State Representative David Dill.  Mr. Dill explained that the State does not have leverage with cell phone issues as they are regulated Federally.  Things do not look good, as no real incentive exists to provide cell phone service for this area.  Terrie will continue to work on cell phone service for the Crane Lake area.


Trails/Beautification – Mark:  Supervisor Mark was not present to report on trails.  An article in the Timberjay about availability of grants for trails was forwarded to all the Supervisors to assist in this project.


Land Exchange – Ruth:  Chairman Ruth plans to meet with Huck Andresen while in Duluth on November 19th  to discuss the progress in working toward a land exchange.  Mr. Andresen is the legal advisor for the Town on this issue.  Ruth will have more to report later.



Gold Coast Road Culvert:  Chairman Ruth has been assured by the County Commissioners that a culvert of proper size (large enough for boat passage) will be put in place before the blacktop is applied.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to send a letter to State Representative David Dill thanking him for his work on this issue.  Motion carried.




CLWSD Board Appointments: A letter was received from the CLWSD Board stating that the terms of Jim Sanborn and Mike White will expire on January 1, 2004.  The MPCA is in the process of designating the Town Board as the local form of government with the power to appoint the managers.  The Town Board adopted a policy to appoint board members at the July 8, 2003 Board meeting and this policy will be followed.  A notice will be published in the Cook News-Herald and will be posted in the area regarding the board positions.  Those with expiring terms will also need to apply.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to Publish and Post the notice for Board appointments.  Terrie asked what the term length was.  Ruth responded that each term was for three years.  Motion carried.


Tobacco License Applications:  Two applications for tobacco product licenses have been received.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to adopt Resolution No. 2003-04 issuing tobacco licenses to G.W. Resorts, Inc. d/b/a Borderland Lodge and J and G Enterprises of Kab, LLP d/b/a Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats.  Motion carried.


Oliver Eggen Letter:  A letter was received from Oliver Eggen regarding the sand and salt on the County road from the Arthur Eggen property through the Gold Coast Road area.  This is not an issue for the Town as this is a County Road.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to respond to Oliver Eggen stating that the road is a County Road and that he should direct his request to the County.  Motion carried.




There are vacancies on the St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board (CDBG).  A desired area of residence for one representative would be from a northern township for a one-year term.  Chairman Ruth encourages someone to volunteer from our area.




Nancy Parvi asked if the Town would be enforcing as well as issuing licenses for tobacco licenses.  The answer is yes; there will be ‘sting operations’ in the coming year.  The County may also do the same.


Rob Scott asked if there were only two applications for tobacco licenses.  Only two have been received thus far from businesses that will be open in January.  Those businesses that open in the spring may apply later in 2004.


Nancy Parvi asked what the fee was.  $25 per license per year.


Terrie added that an area business had inquired about the age limit for selling tobacco products.  Much discussion followed.  Neither the County nor the Town Ordinances state the age for selling tobacco products.


Rob Scott mentioned that the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders put a lot of effort into finding the lost hunter on the Herriman Lake Trail, but the Northern St. Louis County Rescue Squad received all the press.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to send a letter of commendation to the CLVFD for their excellent work in finding the lost hunter.  Motion carried.




COMMENTS BY OFFICERS –  Ruth wished everyone a Happy Turkey Day.


The next Regular Board Meeting will be December 9, 2003 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:10PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                    Ruth Carlson, Chairman