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October 8, 2002: Minutes


The October 8, 2002 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 J. Hoff, Treasurer Jacque L. Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, two guests from the St. Louis County Assessor’s office, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, and 5 members of the community.  Supervisor Mark Anderson was absent.


Chairman Ruth introduced St. Louis County Assessor Dan Christensen who in turn introduced St. Louis County Assessor Dave Sippola, who is the Assessor for Crane Lake.  Mr. Christensen and Mr. Sippola explained how properties are valued and classified by Minnesota state statute.  Properties are appraised every four years, 2004 being the next year for appraisals.  They explained that the appraised properties are compared to recent sales in the Town to determine the amount of increase or decrease in tax.  They said that there was a possibility of our taxes rising by 40% for taxes payable in 2004.  Mr. Christensen explained that the Town had two options as to assessment;  1) hire a Town Assessor or 2) rely on St. Louis County to continue appraisals. St. Louis County’s yearly appraisal fee would be $6,754.  He also advised the Board of the procedures of the Local Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting to be held by the Town Board in April or May.  Mr. Christensen and Mr. Sippola would attend that meeting.  There would be a $50 fee if the meeting were held in the evening.  Mr. Sippola would also review the meeting procedures with the Board one month prior to the meeting.  Chairman Ruth thanked Mr. Christensen and Mr. Sippola for their informative presentation.


There were no additions to the Agenda.


Minutes – Motion by Terrie, supported by Ruth to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2002 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Jacque reviewed the Cash Flow Statement and recommended the payment of bills as follows:  Cook News-Herald – $63.00; Timberjay – $42.57; Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney, Lindell – $150.00; SLCATO – $40.00.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to accept the Treasurer’s Report and the payment of bills.  Motion carried.


Correspondence – The correspondence was accepted to be filed as presented by Clerk Jo Ann.




Insurance – Terrie reported on the Township insurance.  Separate checks will need to be issued for Workers’ Compensation, Errors and Omissions, Clerk & Treasurer Bonding and General Liability.    A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to complete applications and send appropriate checks to the Minnesota Association of Townships Agency and MSI.  Motion carried.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to adopt Resolution No. 2002-01 to ‘Participate in the MAT Workers Compensation Insurance Trust’.  Motion carried.


Fire Protection – Chairman Ruth has been working with Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Sanborn to arrive at the amount of money needed to cover the Fire Department loan payments.  They also hope to have a contract for the Board to act on at the November meeting.


Steve Hunter Assistance Request – Chairman Ruth explained that Steve Hunter of Borderland Lodge had received 39 orders to bring his resort into compliance from the Fire Marshal.  Mr. Hunter requested the Town Board to review these orders and grant the necessary variances when appropriate.  Under the advisement of County Commissioner Mike Forsman, Chairman Ruth suggested a letter be sent to the Fire Marshal stating that some of the orders seem excessive and asking for a re-evaluation of the orders and/or a suggested time frame to complete the orders.  Commissioner Forsman stated he would also draft a similar letter to the State Fire Marshal.  Motion by Ruth, supported by Terrie to send a letter to the State Fire Marshal Division on Mr. Hunter’s behalf.  After discussion the motion passed.



Speed Zone Signs –  Supervisor Mark was not present to report on Speed Zone Signs.


Chairman Ruth asked if there was any other Old Business – There was none.




St. Louis County Township Officers Meeting of 9/25/2002 Report – Chairman Ruth reported that she and Supervisor Terrie attended the meeting in Cotton.  There were very many politicians in attendance; all speaking, which made the meeting very interesting.  They also met and talked to other Township Supervisors.


District 10 MAT Officers Meeting of 10/1/2002 Report – Terrie reported that she and Ruth attended the meeting in beautiful downtown Twig.  There were many politicians at this meeting also.  They received information of the change in Social Security reporting rules for election judges and learned of the township 60-day rule wherein the Town must act on items within 60 days or the requested item would automatically go into effect.  This meeting was well represented by township officers from many counties as well as St. Louis County.


Communications to Constituents – There is concern by snowbirds of receiving news or minutes of the Town meetings.  One suggestion was to piggyback with the CLWSD on their website.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to write a letter for research purposes to the CLWSD to see if Town information could be included on their website.  Motion carried. Chairman Ruth stated that in the meantime stamped, addressed envelopes could be left with the Clerk to mail minutes to residents who are away for the winter.  Chairman Ruth stated that the Town must rely on local newspapers to get our news to the public.  The Timberjay was appointed as our official paper.  To this date, no one from the Timberjay has approached us about Town news.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to appoint the Cook News-Herald as the official newspaper of the Town of Crane Lake.  Motion carried.


Building Permit Research – A constituent has asked the Board to research what is required for the Town to issue building permits.  The Board will do so.


Welcome to Crane Lake Sign Co-op with CLVTB – The Board has been informally informed that the CLTVB would like to cooperate with the Town on a Welcome sign near the Voyageur Statue.  Chairman Ruth had contacted St. Louis County who stated they would install a basic sign for $200.  Treasurer Jacque said that the CLVTB were considering a larger, more decorative sign.  Ruth asked that Jacque request that the CLVTB write a letter to the Town with their ideas and suggestions for a Crane Lake welcome sign.


Absentee Ballots – There will be absentee ballots for the March Town elections.  It was previously understood otherwise.


Chairman Ruth asked if there was any other new business – There was none.




Harvi Parvi would like the Board to let people know that their taxes are not just going up because of the Fire Department levy.


Butch Eggen stated that the Voyageur Statue had gone down the road to be refurbished and that the CLVTB is currently leasing the property on which he stands from the State School Trust.  He suggested that the Town consider purchasing the land.


Chairman Ruth suggested that there possibly would be grant funds available for beautification of that site.


Butch Eggen said the CLVTB would keep the Town informed of their activities.



COMMENTS BY OFFICERS – Chairman Ruth commended the CLVTB for keeping the Board abreast of what they are doing.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:45PM.





Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                           Ruth Carlson, Chairman