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September 9, 2003: Minutes


The September 9, 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 8 members of the community.


Additions to the Agenda:  None


Minutes:  Motion by Terrie, supported by Mark to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2003 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Jacque read the following Cash Flow Statement for the month of June:  Beginning Balance – $20,519.85, Receipts – $19,610.00, Disbursements – $14,042.90, Ending Balance – $26,086.95.   Jacque then presented the bills as follows: CLWSD Loan – $6,000.00, MATA for General Liability Insurance – $324.00, CLVTB – $16,943.84 and Payroll – $349.07 for a total of $23,616.91.  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.  The correspondence was received as read and will be placed on file and acted upon as required.




Web Site:  Work has been done on the web site home page which will be sent to the webmaster soon.


Population of Crane Lake: The Board received a letter in April from the Department of Administration, State Demographic Center with population and household estimates of the Town of Crane Lake that the Board did not agree with.  The Board felt the numbers were too low.  A response to the Board’s challenge of those figures was expected by the end of July; but it has not been received.  Phone calls have been placed to the State Demographic Center requesting their response.  The Board will continue to pursue this.


Bear Island Issue:  Chairman Ruth stated that both Mr. Marshall and Mr. Traff asked if they should appear before the Board at this meeting.  Ruth told them both that this would not be necessary as  their litigation is pending before the Court and the Board has been advised by the Town attorney to wait for the Court’s decision before making any decisions. The court hearing planned for September 9, 2003 was postponed for the second time.




Set Meeting Date for November Board of Supervisors’ Meeting – The second Tuesday of November falls on November 11, which is Veteran’s Day.  Public meetings may not be held on holidays.  A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to hold the November Board of Supervisors’ Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, November 18, 2003.  Motion carried.


Community Priority Projects – Chairman Ruth explained that at the Town Meeting on August 12, 2003 the line item of $10,000 was set for  Community Priority Projects as defined and discussed by Rob Scott.  Ruth further explained that the Board would need to appropriate the funds for the following projects:  Trails/Beautification, Communications/Cell Phones, and Community Building/Land Acquisition.  She suggested that each project be headed by a Town Supervisor as follows:  Mark – Trails, Terrie – Communications, and Ruth – Community Building/Land Acquisition.  Community members have expressed interest in helping with these projects. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie to earmark $5,000 for the Community Building/Purchase of



Land, $500 for Communications/Cell Phones, and $4,500 for Trails/Beautification.  Treasurer Jacque reminded the Supervisors that those funds would not be available until July of 2004.  Motion carried.  It was suggested that the October meeting be kept open after the completion of business to allow each Supervisor time to report on their project and ask for public input.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Some of the comments were as follows:


Rob Scott had thoughts on the Community Priority Projects.  He suggested that each Supervisor consolidate a plan for their project by consulting with citizens about their concerns and announce a time frame for each project.


Supervisor Mark suggested that a notice be placed in the paper to contact Board Members if interested in participating in the projects.


COMMENTS BY OFFICERS – Jacque and Jo Ann reminded the Board members of the Fall Conference meeting date of November 20 – 22, 2003 in Duluth.  Terrie commented on how smoothly the Town Meeting went and she was surprised that there were no questions.  Ruth stated that it was brought to her attention that people were asking if the Town of Crane Lake was going to build low-income government subsidized housing. The Board knows nothing about this.  Ruth reminded citizens that if they have questions or concerns they may contact any of the Supervisors.


The next Regular Board Meeting will be October 14, 2003 at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Ruth at 8:00PM.






Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                                           Ruth Carlson, Chairman