TOWN OF CRANE LAKE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ & REORGANIZATION MEETING
January 14, 2020
The January 14, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ & Reorganization Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman at 5:35PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: Supervisors Jim Janssen, Kara Knutson & Jerry Pohlman; Treasurer Traci Bak; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and 3 members of the community. (Supervisor Jim Janssen left the meeting at 6:25PM)
A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to nominate Jerry as Chairman. All voted in favor and the motion carried. A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Kara, to nominate Jim as Vice-Chairman. All voted in favor and the motion carried. Clerk Jo Ann turned the meeting over to newly re-elected Chairman Jerry Pohlman.
Additions to the Agenda: – Dark Skies letter of support was added to New Business.
Minutes – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 12/12/19 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and the 12/31/19 Special Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report –The December Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: IRS – $363.86; MN Revenue – $148.07; St. Louis County Auditor – $79.64; Costin Group – $1,250.00; Lake Country Power – $146.56; CLVTB – $541.43; Border State Bank – $4,577.00; and Payroll – $934.90. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills. All 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.
Costin Group Report: There was no report.
Committee Report: There was no report.
Grounds Clean-up: There was no report.
Docks: There was no report.
CIC Covenants/Unit 13: The CIC/Covenants Committee consists of Jerry Pohlman, Butch Eggen and Deena Congdon. Jerry reported that Brian Lindsey of the Trenti Law Firm sent a draft of the revised covenants of the CIC. Committee member Deena forwarded a number of questions to the Committee, which will be sent to the attorneys for response. Once a final draft is available, it will be sent to the Shucks for their review.
ATV Use: Bruce Beste reported that the $100,000 application to the IRRRB for funds has been approved and the agreement has been executed. Bruce presented an Agreement for Professional Services between S.E.H. and the Crane Lake Township. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to approve signature of the Agreement for Professional Service between Crane Lake Township and S.E.H. authorizing and describing the scope, schedule, and payment conditions for Consultant work on the Project described as: Wetland Permit Amendment for Voyageur Country ATV Trail Wetland J & K Crossings for Trail Improvements Segment – Vermilion Falls Road to Gold Coast Road, St. Louis County, Minnesota. All voted in favor and the motion carried. Bruce mentioned that the club was in the process of acquiring an additional ¼ to ½ million dollars for future trail work.
Trails Report: There was no report.
Land Use Project: Because the community is so involved in developing the Visitor Center/Campground area, the development of the Land Exchange area will be addressed later on.
IRRRB Voyageur Statue Work: The Board discussed outstanding invoices for the project and ways to address them. It was decided that Jim would speak to the issue at the upcoming CL Visitor & Tourism Bureau meeting. As the project is considered a benefit to the entire community, consideration of sharing the expenses is being explored.
Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 14, 2020
Scott’s Seaplane Base: An email was received from Kaci Nowicki of S.E.H. advising that they are working on the Feasibility Study and requesting to set up a meeting with the Township and the County in February to discuss the progress of the project. An email was sent to Kaci suggesting the Township Meeting date of February 11th. No response has been received. Communication to set a meeting date will be continued.
Dark Skies Letter of Support: A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to provide a letter of support requested by the VNP Association to be sent to the International Dark-Sky Association supporting VNP’s application for Dark Sky Park certification. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Tobacco License Renewal: A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Kara, to adopt Resolution No. 2020-01 to approve the issuance of a tobacco products license for Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc. d/b/a/ Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc. for the year ending the 31st day of December 2020. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Liquor License Approvals: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Kara, to grant requests for renewal of 2020/2021 Off-Sale 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor Licenses for Anderson Outfitters, Inc. and Handberg’s Marine, Inc. All voted in favor and the motion carried. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to grant request for renewal of 2020/2021 On/Off-Sale 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor License for Pine Point Lodge & Resort, Inc. All voted in favor and the motion carried. A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Kara, to grant request for renewal of a 2020/2021 Combination On/Off-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxication Liquor License for Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats, and Scotts Crane Lake Bar & Grill, Inc. Jerry and Kara voted in favor, Jim abstained and the motion carried. A motion was made by Kara, supported by Jim, to grant request for renewal of a 2020/2021 Combination On/Off-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Nelson’s Resort, Inc. Jim & Kara voted in favor, Jerry abstained and the motion carried.
Voyageurs Affairs Meeting 12/20/19: No one attend the meeting. No report.
Board of Audit Meeting Date: The Board of Audit Meeting is set for February 11, 2020 at 5:30PM prior to the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
Budget Committee Meeting: The Budget Committee Meeting was set for Wednesday, January 29th at 1PM at the Clerk’s home.
A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Kara, to designate the following for 2020:
Town Board Meetings – Date & Time remains as the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM May through October and 5:30PM November through April, any changes will be posted.
Official Posting Places remain the same as one posting listing all meeting dates for the year at the Church, Post Office & the following businesses when open – Anderson’s, Crane Lake Bar & Grill, Handberg’s, Nelson’s, & Voyagaire. Changes will be posted as needed.
Legal Representative remains as Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe of St. Michael with the option to consult others on an as-needed basis.
Depository/Bank remains the same as any bank in St. Louis County may be used with Alerus Bank designated as the primary bank.
Fellowship Hall Donation will increase to $775 for 2020.
Minutes Distribution & Posting Policy remains the same – Minutes are mailed to those supplying the Clerk with stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Minutes are posted at the Post Office, the Church, and on the Website.
Copy & Information Request Policy remains the same – Charge of 25 cents per copy (includes labor) for copy requests & $25 per hour for other labor requests.
Salaries & Meeting Rates change as follows: Supervisors, $45 per meeting; Clerk, $360 per month plus $45 per meeting; Treasurer, $225.00 per month plus $45 per meeting – remain the same as 2019; Election Judges increase to $11 per hour and $12 per hour after 10PM.
Mileage Reimbursement remains the same to follow State guideline, which fluctuates and at this time is 575 cents per mile.
Official Newspaper will be the Cook News-Herald as per motion by the Board in 2014 to alternate between the CNH and Timberjay each year.
All voted in favor and the motion
Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – January 14, 2020
A motion was made by Kara, supported by Jerry, that Committees and Representatives would be as follows:
Budget Committee – The Budget Committee will continue to be made up of One Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer and two or more members of the community.
VNP Visitor Center/Campground Committee – Deena Congdon and Brenda Pohlman Co-Chair the Committee. Other members are Jeff Miller, Mark Anderson, Bruce Beste, Lori & Jeff Sanborn, and Jim Janssen as ex-officio. Others are welcome.
Trails Committee – Deena Congdon, Gretchen Janssen, Dee Kuder, Jeff Miller, Lori Sanborn & Jo Ann Pohlman. Others are welcome.
CIC Committee – Jerry, Deena, Butch.
International Rainy Lake Board of Control – Jerry Pohlman.
ATV – Bruce Beste.
Neighborhood Watch – Jeff Miller
All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Other New Business: Jeff Miller reported that there had been one incident in Orr in the past month. There is a list of community members that are on alert in Crane Lake.
Comments from Officers: There were none.
Public Comments: There was a comment that Community Crime Watch signs should be acquired and placed around the community. Jerry will look into it.
Next Meeting: Board of Audit Meeting, Feb. 11, 2020 – 5:30PM, Fellowship Hall
Board of Supervisors’ Meeting –Immediately Following
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45PM.
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.