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November 8, 2005: Minutes



November 8, 2005


The November 8, 2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Jerry Pohlman, Jim Janssen, and Mark Anderson, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Butch Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 6 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  The IRLBC letter was added to Old Business.


Minutes:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 10/4/2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Butch read the Treasurer’s Report.  Butch then presented the bills as follows:  Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney, Lindell – $140; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $6,187.62; St. Louis County Auditor – $58.00; CLVFD Relief Association – $4,389.00; Regents of the University of Minnesota – $5,000; and Payroll – $396.70.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


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




Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Communications/Cell Phones – Jim reported that there is an interested provider and that a tower needs to be decided upon.  The provider may supply a temporary tower.  Things are moving along with more to be reported at the next meeting.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson explained that the $5,000 check approved for the University would be refunded to the Township in the form of a grant from St. Louis County.  C.J. Fernandez had planned to return to Crane Lake in October for another public meeting for more public input.  He and Ruth have decided that a mailing/survey would be a better option since many people are not here at this time.  They felt the mailing should be sent after the first of the year.


Culvert Issue:  Another letter was written to Chris Morris of the St. Louis County Public Works Department on 10/22/05 requesting a written report of the culvert status.  Phone calls were also made with no response.  Jo Ann will continue to try to contact Mr. Morris.


CLWSD Board Issue:  Township Attorney, Mike Kearney of Colisimo, Patchin, Kearney, Lindell & Brunfelt, Ltd. has researched the Town Board’s options regarding the CLWSD Board of Managers.  He has reviewed the CLWSD by-laws, township law and contacted the MPCA.  Mr. Kearney found that the MPCA set up sanitary districts in the state with checks and balances.  The checks and balances for the CLWSD is the Town Board.  The Town Board has the responsibility of appointing managers for the CLWSD from applications submitted.  Changes to the Board of Managers of the CLWSD must occur by this process.


IRLBC Letter:  At a previous meeting, Rob Scott, the Town Board’s representative to the International Rainy Lake Board of Control, requested that the Board of Supervisors provide a position that he could forward to the IRLBC regarding the management of the water levels at Crane Lake. Mr. Scott supplied a draft letter to be considered by the Board.  The Board agreed that the letter should be sent as submitted.




CLWSD Board Appointment Applications:  Notices have been posted and placed in the Voyageur Sentinel for applicants for a Manager position on the CLWSD Board beginning January 1, 2006.  One application has been received to date.  A Manager will be selected at the December meeting.


Minutes – November 8, 2005




CLWSD ESA Advisory Committee:  The CLWSD is looking for candidates from the Eastern Service Area of the Sanitary District to service on an Advisory Committee to help in the planning for that area.  Anyone interested in servicing on that committee should contact the Clerk or a CLWSD Board Manager.


IRS Letter:  A letter was received from the IRS stating that their records show that they did not receive an Employers Quarterly Federal Tax Return for 12-31-2002 from the Township.  A letter of explanation will be sent to the IRS.


Comments from Officers:  Jo Ann reported that the CTAS updates had been installed on both the Clerk’s and the Treasurer’s computers.  Butch asked if anyone would be attending the MAT Fall Conference; no one is able to attend.  Jerry spoke of the shortage of willing participants for all the board positions that need to be filled in a small town.  He commented that a lot of the same faces are seen at meetings in the area.  He further commented that each organization needs new people and that there are many talented people in this community that could contribute to any board and asked that they step forward and make a difference.


Public Comment:


Carole Scott said she had a Form 941 if the Township needed it for the IRS.  She also stated that a recreation center for the youth couldn’t come soon enough for the community.  The youth of our area need a place to go for entertainment.


Charlotte Bystrom provided a letter to the Board members addressed to Jack Schelde regarding the unsafe condition of Handberg Hill with a request for blacktopping the Handberg Road or, at a minimum, the Handberg Hill.  She asked for signatures from those attending the meeting and will be going around the community requesting support.  There will also be a sign-up sheet at the Post Office.


Next Meeting:            Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, December 13, 2005  – 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                  Jerry Pohlman, Chairman