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September 13, 2005: Minutes



September 13, 2005


The September 13, 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 7 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  The Handberg Road issue was added to New Business.


Minutes:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Mark, to approve the minutes of the 8/9/2005 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Butch read the Treasurer’s Report.  Butch then presented the bills as follows:  Vidmar Appraisals – $1,360.00; McCahill Publishing Inc. – $16.88; Shirley Sanborn – $72.90; Jeff Sanborn – $25.00; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $20,574.97; 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 had two things to report.  Rick Adams, who installs towers for Cell One and Verizon, is interested in the Crane Lake project and Darrell Scott spoke with Marshall Johnson along another avenue involving Cell One.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project & Trails/Beautification – Ruth L. Carlson reported that the University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes with the input from local residents is in Step Two of the comprehensive plan for the town and trail system. In review, step one was C.J. Fernandez’s initial investigation and analysis for the design sites. C.J., from the Center, visited with local focus group members. An open public meeting was held on September 21st to gather input from the community.  Step two was the presentation of C.J.’s preliminary design in a public meeting on August 8, 2005.   Community feedback is to be considered in the final plan.  The community will meet with C.J. again at a public meeting in October.   The Land Exchange Project is currently looking for land to exchange for the 80 acres that are available from Handberg Road running south.  Minnesota Power and the Forest Service are meeting to determine if any land MP wishes to sell would be acceptable for the Forest Service to acquire. There will be announcements of the October public meeting in the newspapers, and by posters and mailings.  Please plan to attend and bring your thoughts, wishes and ideas.


Water Level Position for the IRLBC:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to support the levels as they stand and draft a letter for Rob Scott to take to the IJC.  Motion carried.


St. Louis County HAVA Equipment Plan Meeting of 8/31/05 Report:  Clerk Jo Ann reported that she and Shirley Sanborn attended the meeting held at Clinton Township conducted by St. Louis County Auditor Donald Dicklich and Deputy Auditor Paul Tynjala.  HAVA was explained as the Federal government’s reaction to the Florida fiasco of 2000. Federal funding grants will be provided to the states to acquire assistive voting machines for the disabled, to upgrade or establish statewide voter registration systems, and to upgrade voting systems or optical scan equipment.  The State of Minnesota’s response to the Federal government is that the assistive voting machines must be available for use in every precinct for all Federal and State elections held after December 2005, and for Town elections after December 2007.  $29 million has been appropriated to purchase assistive voting equipment and to defray initial operating costs.  $6 million has been appropriated for purchase of optical scan equipment.  Precincts with more than 300 registered voters will be encouraged to consider purchase of optical scan equipment.  A dual-purpose machine may be offered, which is recommended for small towns.  The State has not approved the machines at this point so the County is unable to go forward with the grants.






Legal Seminar, Bandana Square, St. Paul – 10/13 & 10/14/05:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jim, to approve expenditures for lodging and mileage for anyone wishing to attend.  Motion carried.


Central Contracting Registry:  A letter was received from the USDA advising of the opportunity to enroll in the Central Contracting Registry.  CCR enrollment allows the ability to electronically find and apply for grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.  It was determined that it was not necessary for the Town to register as the Supervisors were currently registered to access that information.


Handberg Road Issue:  A number of citizens have requested Town Board write a letter to the County regarding the condition of the Handberg Road.  Cars heading toward the Crane Lake Road on Handberg Road must drive on the left hand side of the road when traversing up the “Handberg Hill” because of the washboard condition, causing a hazard.  The same condition exists near Ralph Clemmer’s house.  A letter will be written.


Comments from Officers:  Butch stated that approximately one year ago St. Louis County talked about replacement of the culvert at the beginning of Gold Coast Road in the fall of 2005.  Since then, Paul & Sarah Tufte have met with the County concerning the height of the culvert, as it abuts their property.  There is a question about the height of the culver.  If the culver is 10 feet high, the work will be done this fall; if the culver is 12 feet high, the work will not occur until 2006.  A letter will be written to the County requesting the status of the culvert project.


Jo Ann referred to Mike White’s letter received by all Board members regarding his concerns about current issues related to the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District Board of Managers.  A letter will be written to the Township attorney asking for advise on what direction the Town Board should take on this issue.


Supervisors Mark and Jim stated that they would not be able to attend the 10/11/05 Board of Supervisors’ meeting.  The meeting date was discussed and changed to 10/4/05.



Public Comment:


Ruth L. Carlson suggested that the letter written to the County regarding the culvert include reference to the meeting last fall.  She also suggested that the letter being sent to the County regarding the Handberg Road be directed to the County Garage and copies be sent to all County Commissioners as well.


Mike White suggested that the letter written to the Town attorney include the question of conflict of interest as the Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney firm may represent members of either the Town or the CLWSD Boards.


Paul Hamblin asked that he receive a copy of Mike White’s letter.


Dorothy Mohr stated that concern of the CLWSD Board was common knowledge and she hoped that reviewing with the Town attorney would not be a delaying tactic on the part of the Town Board.  She hopes the Board realizes it is their responsibility.


Next Meeting:            Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, October 4, 2005  – 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                  Jerry Pohlman, Chairman