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November 9, 2004: Minutes



November 9, 2004



The November 9, 2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Mark Anderson at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Mark Anderson, Jim Janssen, and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 3 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  Election Results were added to New Business.


Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 10/12/2004 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report. Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  Shirley Sanborn – $110.00; Jim Phelps – $46.00; Joan Olson – $110.00; Virginia Marshall – $64.00; CLVTB – $6,464.47; Jo Ann Pohlman – $5.83; Best Western Americanna Inn – $127.56; McCahill Publishing Inc. – $72.00; and Payroll – $319.80.  A motion was made by Jerry, 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 Janssen reported that the committee did not meet.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson reported that she had attended the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership meeting on Monday in Cloquet where C.J. Fernandez, U of M Center for Changing Landscapes, presented an overview of the proposed Crane Lake project.  Those in attendance were enthusiastic and felt it was a worthwhile project.


Re-Zoning of Town Properties: Butch Eggen reported that the committee has been in contact with Jim Plummer and Scott Smith of St. Louis County Planning and Zoning.  Mr. Smith will be sending a packet of information within a few weeks for the Committee to review to determine if re-zoning is something the Township wishes to pursue.  Butch suggested that Zoning of Town Properties rather than Re-Zoning of Town Properties be the title of this project as review of current zoning is the Committee’s goal at this point.  The Committee is considering meeting prior to the December Board of Supervisors’ meeting.




CLWSD Board Appointments Notice:  Darrell Scott and Deena Congdon’s terms will expire January 1, 2005.  A notice has been published in the Voyageur Sentinel and notices have been posted for applicants.  A resume, cover letter and application are required.  The application can be obtained by calling Jo Ann at 993-2600.  Applications would need to be returned to Jo Ann by December 2nd.   Both Darrell and Deena may reapply for these positions. The Board of Supervisors will vote on manager selection for the CLWSD at the December meeting.


Election Results:  Jo Ann read the election results for Crane Lake Township as follows:  President/Vice President:  Bush/Cheney – 71; Kerry/Edwards – 32; and Nader/Camejo – 1.  U.S. Representative, District 8:  Groettum – 42 and Oberstar – 59.  State Representative, District 6A:  Breaker – 13 and Dill – 91.  Cook/Orr Hospital Board – No record retained but Amy Ulen ran unopposed and will be the representative on the Board from Crane Lake.  School District 2142:  Bruns – 56 and Hoffer 15.  Total voters was 104.


Public Comments:


Bill Arthur asked if School District ballots were received by absentee voters.  They were not.  He asked how many absentee ballots there were.  There were 31.


Ruth L. Carlson stated that the recount of ballots for School District 2142 would be at 9AM, November 10th at the school district office in Virginia.  She further explained that either candidate could take the matter to court following the recount.


Ruth L. Carlson suggested that the Zoning Committee meet prior to meeting with County representatives to formulate their ideas, questions and concerns.


Mike White brought to the Board’s attention that changes in zoning should be done through the County rather than entering into Township zoning.


Comments from Officers: There were none.


Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting: December 14, 2004, at 7:30PM at the Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50PM.







Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Mark Anderson, Chairman