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September 12, 2006: Minutes



September 12, 2006



The September 12, 2006 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 8;17PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jim Janssen and Jerry Pohlman, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel, and 6 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  Land Purchase Agreement was added to New Business


Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the minutes of the 8/8/06 Supervisors’ Meeting and the 8/18/06 Special Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Terrie read the August Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  Quill – $213.98; McCahill Publishing – $18.00; Robert Scott – $228.52; Jeff Sanborn – $25.00; Nancy Parvi – $25.00; Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats – $1,391.26; Andresen & Butterworth – $2,154.02; CLVTB – $21,960.54; Vidmar Appraisals – $1,360.00; and Payroll – $522.28.  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the 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 – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to remove Communications/Cell Phones from the Agenda as Crane Lake now has cell phone service provided by Cellular One.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that the people voted to proceed with the land purchase at the Special Town Meeting on August 29th. The land purchase agreement was received via fax today.  Ruth recommended that the Board should include ‘contingent on financing’ to a motion to approve the agreement, if such a motion were proposed.  Ruth is currently working on the funding options and will inform the Board of information received.


Community Action Plan Update Committee Report:  Nancy Parvi reported that the dinner/meeting held on August 24th was attended by 90+ people.  The meeting ended with five recommended items to be pursued:  Town beautification; complete functional trail system; community building; paid staff to help get grants; and finish the ESA project.  Tim Campbell is currently working on the report.  The committee will meet to review the results and determine how best to disseminate the report to the public.


Rainy Boards Meetings Report:  Robert Scott attended the 8/23/06 meeting hosted by the International Rainy Lake Board of Control (IRLBC) in Fort Frances, Ontario.  Rob’s report stated that from the 2006 ice out in April to the present, the Namakan basin water levels were maintained within the rule curve.    Three IRLBC issues directly related to the Township are:  Maintaining the current IJC water level operating bands; Continue monitoring the Crane Lake water gradient issue; and Keeping the water level on the high side of the curve at and after ice out. Rob was assured if any changes would be made to the IJC management guidelines that the changes would not be made until the completion of the 15 year review.  Rob put on record that like the Namakan basin data, the Crane Lake water level data needs equal review and study before changes are made to the rule curve. Rob stated that it was critical to local economic and environmental interests to keep the water level on the high side of the curve until the initial gradual drawdown in June.  Jerry thanked Rob for attending the meeting and submitting the report.


Culvert Update:  A spreadsheet from Chris Morris of St. Louis County indicated that work on the culvert would not begin until 2007.  Those present understood that the work would begin this fall.  Phone calls will be made to determine the reason for the delay.


 Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – September 12, 2006



October Hearing Date & Time – Hazard Mitigation Plan:  A Public Hearing date was set for October 10, 2006 at 7:30PM at the Fellowship Hall as required by the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to discuss the Plan and receive public comment.


Snake Creek Property:  Tom Schlotec reported to the Board that to change the zoning of his property in Snake Creek from Timber Zoning to Shoreline Management Use (SMU) the request must come from the Township.  The County does not want to see spot zoning, but rather area zoning.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to draft a letter initiating the change of zoning as it would increase the tax base for the Town contingent upon notification and support of other property owners in the area.  Butch, Jerry, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


Bear Island Road:  A letter was received from Dave Adams requesting that the Town Board look into the Bear Island public right-of-way again.  Jerry contacted the Township attorney, reviewing the history with him.  The attorney stated that his opinion was that it was a dispute between two individual parties and not an issue for the Township.  The Board discussed the issue with the decision being made that Jerry would ask the Township attorney to contact the County attorney to discuss the issue.


USDA/RD Information Meeting – 9/26/06, Grand Rapids:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to approve expenses for those wishing to attend the meeting.  Butch, Jerry, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.


MAT Educational Conference – Nov. 16, 17, & 18 – Duluth DECC:  The Board decided two rooms should be reserved for anyone wishing to attend part or all of the conference.


Other New Business


Land Purchase Agreement:  The Board agreed that they needed to review the agreement before acting.  Ruth will continue to research the funding issue.


Comments from Officers: Terrie felt someone should attend the Enhancement workshop on 9/20/06 in Virginia focusing on facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.  Terrie will ask Sandra Bodkin if she would be interested in attending.  Jerry thanked Paul Hamblin for volunteering to help find outside professional help to survey, develop, compare, and assess the Crane Lake community.  A letter of response will be sent to Mr. Hamblin.  Butch said that on behalf of the Town Board of Supervisors he extended sympathy to Jo Ann for her recent loss.



Nancy Parvi was happy the Board was responding to Mr. Hamblin’s offer to volunteer.  She added that there is a lot of talent in the community that just needed to be invited to volunteer.


Ruth L. Carlson suggested that rather than just phone calls addressing the culvert issues a letter should be written with copies to all Commissioners.


Next Meeting:    Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Hearing, October 10, 2006, 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, immediately following.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:20PM






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                   Jerry Pohlman, Chairman



This draft of the Crane Lake Township minutes has been posted solely for preliminary informational purposes.  Minutes are unofficial and subject to change until they have been approved by the Crane Lake Board of Supervisors.