TOWN OF CRANE LAKE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING
December 8, 2015
The December 8, 2015 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 8:05PM 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; Deputy-Treasurer Ruth L. Carlson; Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman; and Guests DeLyle and Merlys Pankratz of Eveleth. Treasurer Traci Bak was absent.
Additions to the Agenda: Voyageur Statue and Vacation Home List were added to Old Business; David Dill Memorial Snowmobile Trail was added to New Business.
Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve the minutes of the 11/10/15 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Butch and Jerry voted in favor, Jim abstained and the motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report –The November Cash Balances were read and the bills were presented as follows: Crane Lake Chapel – $450.00; Timberjay – $53.60; MN Assoc. of Townships Agency – $210.00; CLWSD – $275.00; Lutefisk Tech. – $275.40; Costin Group – $1,000.00; Premier Pyrotechnics – $7,700.00; CLVTB – $633.83; CLVFD – $25,000.00; and Payroll – $524.59. A motion was made by Butch supported by Jim, 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.
David Dill Memorial Snowmobile Trail was moved forward in the meeting. DeLyle Pankratz is spearheading a project to change the name of a portion of the Arrowhead Snowmobile Trail to the David Dill Memorial Snowmobile Trail. The portion that is being considered for the name change is west of the Taconite Trail north to International Falls. Mr. Pankratz asked for a letter of support for the trail name change. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to write the letter of support and to adopt a resolution in support of the same. All voted in favor and the motion carried. Jim mentioned that the VTSI would be interested in supporting the effort also.
Land Exchange/Community Property Project: Ruth L. Carlson reported that Huck Andresen had sent a letter to the USFS requesting the corrected deeds and is waiting for a response.
Jacque Eggen Memorial Fund: There was no report.
Costin Group Report: Gary Cerkvenik reported that he is searching the Land & Water Conservation Fund for funds for the visitor center. He continues with Rep. Nolan on the Center. He scheduled a meeting with the Hwy Dept./Rukavina.
Crane Lake Road Repair: There was nothing new to report.
VNP-Visitor Center/Campsite: There was nothing new to report.
Frontier Internet: There was nothing new to report.
ATV Use on Vermilion Falls Road: Committee Chairman Bruce Beste provided the following report: The ATV club has installed 35 sign posts along County Roads 24 and 180. Signs should be installed in about 2 weeks for ATV speed limits, directional signs steering riders onto the 422 loops, and ATV’s prohibited beyond this point notices. A new Trails Task Force for northern St. Louis County is being organized and will be meeting monthly at the IRRRB offices in Eveleth. Voyageur Country ATV is going to participate.
Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – December 8, 2015
Crane Lake Comprehensive Plan: John Powers will be asked to supply copies of the Crane Lake Township Background Paper for the 2016 Community Plan for the January 5th meeting. The Board discussed printing and mailing the invitations and agenda for the community meeting. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to contact W. A. Fisher for cost and time line to do the mailing. Other vendors may also be contacted. All voted in favor and the motion carried. The Board decided on a spaghetti dinner to be served at 5:15PM prior to the meeting set for 6PM at Voyagaire Lodge on January 5th.
MN Dot Aeronautics: The Township will contact Kathy Vesely at Mn Dot Aeronautics to determine a time that she would be able to attend a Special Township Meeting to explain the procedure for Crane Lake to receive aviation gas tax money.
Voyageur Statue Repair/Paint Funding: The Board passed a motion at the November meeting to donate $5,000 to the CLVTB to repair and paint the Voyageur statue. They have been advised by the MAT attorneys to provide the money to the CLVTB in a different manner. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to pay the 5% administrative fee the Township received in 2015 for administering the lodging tax amounting to $3,776.00 to the CLVTB. The remaining $1,224.00 requested funds will be presented to the voters at the March Annual Meeting for payment approval out of levy funds. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Lodging Tax Ordinance: The board reviewed a list of vacation home rentals that was compiled from various websites dedicated to promoting this type of rental. The Board recognized two properties on the list that do not collect lodging tax. No board action was taken.
CLWSD Board Appointments: A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution No. 2015-08 re-appointing Mark Anderson & Robert Scott to the Board of Managers of the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District for terms commencing on January 1, 2016 and expiring on the last business day of December 2018. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Tobacco License Renewals: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, to adopt Resolution No. 2015-10 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license to the Crane Lake Bar & Grill, LLC d/b/a Crane Lake Bar & Grill for the year ending the 31st day of December 2016. All voted in favor and the motion carried. A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to adopt Resolution No. 2015-09 approving the issuance of a tobacco products license to VHB, Inc. d/b/a Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats for the year ending the 31st day of December 2016. Jerry and Butch voted in favor, Jim abstained and the motion carried.
Fire Protection Contract: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to sign the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department Contract for 2016. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Consultant Contract: A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to sign the Consultant Agreement between the Town of Crane Lake and Costin Group, Inc. for 2016. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Levy Revisit: The Board agreed that the levy should remain at $100,000 as certified to St. Louis County in September. $50,000.00 was approved as Fire Department levy and $50,000.00 was approved as Township levy at the March 2015 Annual Meeting.
2016 Meeting Date Posting: The Board reviewed the scheduled list for posting.
Other New Business: There was none.
Comments from Officers: Butch wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Public Comments: There were none.
Next Meeting: Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, January 12, 2016, 7:30PM – Fellowship Hall.
Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – December 8, 2015
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40PM.
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.