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October 14, 2003: Minutes


The October 14, 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, Terrie Hoff and Mark Anderson, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 4 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes:  Motion by Mark, supported by Terrie to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Before presenting the Cash Flow Statement Treasurer Jacque stated that the Statement would be from month to month from now on rather than from meeting to meeting to eliminate bookkeeping confusion. The Cash Flow Statement for the month of September was:  Beginning Balance – $23,362.71, Receipts – $18,230.59, Disbursements – $23,616.91, Ending Balance – $17,976.39.   Jacque then presented the bills as follows: IRS for 3rd Quarter – $164.39, CLVFD for State Aid, Retirement – $3831.00, CLVTB – $17,172.07 and Payroll – $296.72.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie to approve the Treasurer’s report as read and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence:  The Clerk presented the correspondence.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Mark that the correspondence be accepted as read and placed on file and acted upon as required.  Motion carried.




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Population of Crane Lake: The Board received a letter in April from the Department of Administration, State Demographic Center with an estimated population of 102 and a household estimate of 47 for the Town of Crane Lake that the Board did not agree with.  The Board’s count was Population 145 with 64 households.   A response to the Board’s challenge of those figures was expected by the end of July; and has now been received.  The response states that the count will remain the same and that the Board could pursue the matter  by submitting a request to the Geographically Updated Population Certification Program sponsored by the Census Bureau at a cost estimated to be between $693 and $9,075.  The Board does not feel they can pursue the matter at that expense.


Bear Island Issue:  Chairman Ruth stated that she had been informed that a hearing has been scheduled (for the 3rd time) for October 29, 2003 at 9:30AM at the Duluth Court House.  Chairman Ruth recommended that Board members attend.


Community Priority Projects Reports:


Communications/Cell Phones – Terrie:  Terrie spoke to State Representative David Dill who has spoken to the Verizon lobbyist.  There is nothing to report at this time but David will keep Terrie informed.


Trails/Beautification – Mark:  Mark has spoken to Town residents about working on the committee for trails and has a list in progress.


Land Exchange – Ruth:  A letter of intent has been sent to USFS Ranger Constance Chaney informing her that once the corporation has been formed, a formal application will be filed.





CLWSD Board Appointments:  A letter was received from legal council informing the Board that the MPCA and St. Louis County have been informed of the Resolutions passed by the CLWSD Board of Managers and the Town Board of Supervisors.


State Cut to Market Value Homestead Credit:  A letter was received from the St. Louis County Auditors Office stating that the 2003 levy amount will be cut by $1,053 and the 2004 levy amount will be cut by $1,580 for a total of $2,633.  A Special Town meeting may be called to increase our levy by these amounts.  Chairman Ruth recommended not increasing the levy.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth that the levy amount remain the same.  Treasurer Jacque was concerned that since the 2003 and 2004 budgets were figured so closely the cuts would make a difference.  Chairman Ruth and Supervisor Terrie believe that the levy should not be raised.  After discussion the motion carried.


Gold Coast Road Culvert:  Supervisor Mark explained that the culvert on Gold Coast Road between Borderland and Norway Lodges needs to be replaced and the best time to do it would be when the pipe is being placed for the sewer this fall.  The County has stated that it is not in their budget to replace the culvert at this time and it may not be for two to five years. Mark has called County Commissioner Forsman and has left a message with State Representative David Dill explaining our situation.  Chairman Ruth requested that a letter be written to Mr. Marcus Hall of the St. Louis County Public Works Department with copies to all County Commissioners reminding Mr. Hall of our letter to him on February 17, 2003 requesting improvements of the road and the culvert.


East Bay to Little Vermilion Trail Use:  A letter was received from USFS District Ranger Constance Chaney regarding the use of the trail between East Bay and Little Vermilion.  There is damage from late winter and early spring ATV use.  The Forest Service wants the public to know that the trail is for snowmobile use only and will post a sign stating “Open to Snowmobile Traffic Only” this winter.  Chairman Ruth requested that Ms. Chaney’s letter be posted with the minutes and that the letter be placed on the web site so the public is informed of the law to prevent any citations.




Dave Adams did not believe the October 29, 2003 hearing date for the Bear Island issue was official and suggested that it be verified.


Mike White said that the Engineers for the CLWSD sewer project spoke to the County about replacing the culvert.  The County said there was not money available to replace the culvert at this time and they would work around the new sewer pipe when they were able to replace the culvert.


Butch Eggen suggested that when letters are written to County Commissioners regarding the culvert the request should be for a culvert of the same quality or better.  Also, boats must be able to go through the culvert for water access to Norway Lodge and Eggen properties.  Chairman Ruth suggested that Butch Eggen and Paul Tufte write letters to the County Commissioners also.  Butch also suggested that the County Administrator’s Office be contacted.


Butch Eggen pointed out that the trail between East Bay and Vermilion River has always been designated as snowmobile only.


Mike White said two members of the CLWSD Board of Managers terms would be expiring in January, which will be discussed at the CLWSD meeting on Wednesday.  He assumes the Board will be notifying the Town Board of the expiring terms after that meeting.




COMMENTS BY OFFICERS – Jo Ann reminded the Board members of the Fall Conference meeting date of November 20 – 22, 2003 in Duluth.


The next Regular Board Meeting will be November 18, 2003 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.  The date is changed due to the regular meeting date falling on the legal holiday of Veterans Day.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:15PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                    Ruth Carlson, Chairman