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September 9, 2002: Minutes

The September 9, 2002 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ruth Carlson at 7:30PM, at the Groomer Garage with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson, Mark R. Anderson and Terrie J. Hoff, Treasurer Jacque L. Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Township Attorney Michael Kearney, and 57 members of the community.


Chairman Ruth introduced Township Attorney Michael Kearney of the law firm Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney, Lindell & Brunfelt, Ltd.


There were no additions to the Agenda.


Old Business:


Minutes – Motion by Terrie, supported by Mark to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2002 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Jacque reported that the loan of $6,000 from the CLWSD and the grant of $1,000 from the IRRRB were received and sent to Beacon Bank to open the Township checking account.  She is getting price quotes for the checks.  The Township has a checking account balance of $7,000.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Mark to accept the Treasurer’s Report.  Motion carried.


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


Steve Hunter Assistance Request – Chairman Ruth explained that the Board had been busy with other issues and will work on his request.  His request will be placed on next month’s Agenda.


Speed Zone Signs – Mark stated that Carole Scott had done some research and he had met with a man from the State who may put counters on the road.  Mark will have more information at the October meeting.


Tobacco Licensing & Regulation – Terrie said there are four sites in the Town that are licensed to sell tobacco at $100 per year per site. There would need to be a compliance check once per year.  The Town could contract with St. Louis County for enforcement.  Terrie recommended that the Town license the Town establishments at $25 per license.  A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth that the Town of Crane Lake becomes the licensor for tobacco sales in Crane Lake.  Motion carried.


Insurance Coverage – Terrie spoke to Eric Peterson, Virginia regarding the question of insurance for volunteers.  As of January 1, 2002 volunteers are included in the general liability coverage.  Terrie recommended that the insurance coverage be left as is with no action being necessary.


Township Attorney Michael Kearny mentioned at this time that a motion was needed for the tobacco licensing fee.


A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to set the tobacco licensing fee at $25 per establishment.  Motion carried.



New Business:


Fire Department – Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Sanborn distributed handouts to the Board and the community members present and thanked the Board for allowing him time to speak at the meeting.  Jeff’s presentation reminded the community of the benefits of a volunteer fire department and the need for support from the entire community.  Chairman Ruth thanked Jeff for his presentation.


CTAS Class Report – Jo Ann reported that she and Jacque attended the CTAS class which introduced them to the procedures of the computer accounting program used by townships.


MAT District 10 Meeting – There would be no expenses for the meeting other than mileage.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie that mileage would be paid for any officer choosing to attend the meeting.  Motion carried.


Budget Committee Report – Dorothy Mohr distributed copies of the budget for 2002 and 2003 to the Board and the community members present.  Dorothy reviewed both budgets and she explained the process the Committee followed to arrive at the budget amount for fire protection.  Chairman Ruth thanked Dorothy for her presentation.


Chairman Ruth explained that the Board of Supervisors would accept or reject the proposed budgets individually as presented by the Budget Committee.


A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to accept the 2002 Budget as proposed.  Motion carried.


A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth to accept the 2003 Budget as proposed.  There was discussion.  The voting was as follows:  Ruth and Terrie, for.  Mark, against.  Motion carried.


Chairman Ruth was explaining the process for the vote on the budget when community member Jeff Sanborn interrupted asking if the Board was aware of Minnesota Statute 365.15.  Michael Kearney answered for the Board stating that the budget was a proposed budget to be passed by the Board and at the Reconvened Annual Meeting the people would decide on the levy amount, which is the process Chairman Ruth was explaining when interrupted.


Comments by Officers.  Jacque said it was nice to see such a large turnout.  Jo Ann agreed.  Terrie said  it was good to see everyone and to see the democratic process.  Mark agreed.  Ruth was happy to see the turn out and said she believes in the democratic process.



Public Comments:


Kalie Klaysmat said the Budget Committee was incorrect in stating that the Smokechaser and grant writing would not continue within the Fire Department.  Also the needed radios and pagers should be considered one item.


Nancy Parvi stated that she had been a member of the Fire Department for 20 years and that the Department looked at the levy very seriously each year and only levied as much as they felt was needed.


Lori Sanborn stated that it was hard to follow the rules of a town meeting and it was difficult to know when the public can speak but we are all learning.

The next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting will be October 8, 2002 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:20PM.









Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                           Ruth Carlson, Chairman