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December 11, 2007: Minutes

 

TOWN OF CRANE LAKE

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING

December 11, 2007

 

 

The December 11, 2007 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jerry Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with those in attendance including:  Supervisors Butch Eggen, Jerry Pohlman and Jim Janssen, Treasurer Terrie Hoff,  Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 2 members of the community.

 

Additions to the Agenda:  Noxious Weed petition was added to New Business

 

Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the11/13/07 Supervisors’ Meeting.  Jim, Butch, and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the November Cash Balances and presented the bills as follows:  CLWSD – $100.00; Crane Lake Chapel – $300.00; Terrie Hoff – $69.21; St. Louis County Auditor – $60.00; MAT Agency – $47.00 & $159.00; CLVTB – $726.57; CLVFD – $23,000.00; and Payroll – $421.01.   A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read and the payment of bills.  Jerry, Butch and Jim 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.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Land Exchange/Community Property Project: Ruth L. Carlson stated that there was nothing new to report. Ruth is waiting for an updated version of the purchase agreement between Minnesota Power and the Township.

 

Community Action Plan Status:  There was no report.

 

Propane:  There was no report.

 

CLWSD Dialogue:  Gretchen Janssen’s letter to the Board with thoughts on how the Town Board can help alleviate the burden that the sewer rates have created in Crane Lake was read aloud.  Butch and Jerry expressed their appreciation of receiving a letter of concern from a community member.  The Board expressed their need of a letter from the CLWSD explaining what direction the CLWSD Board would like the Township Board to take.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Fire Department Contract:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve signature of the 2008 Fire Protection Services Agreement between the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Town of Crane Lake.  Butch, Jerry, and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.  The contract will be sent to the Fire Department for signature and return.

 

Tobacco License Renewal:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to adopt Resolution No. 2007-07 issuing a tobacco products license for VHB, Inc. d/b/a/ Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats for the year ending the 31st day of December 2008.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor, Jim abstained and the motion carried.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Jim, to adopt Resolution No. 2007-09 issuing a tobacco products license for Anderson Canoe Outfitters d/b/a/ Anderson Canoe Outfitters for the year ending the 31st day of December 2008.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

CLWSD Board Appointments:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to adopt Resolution No. 2007-08 appointing Darrell Scott and William Congdon to the Board of Managers of the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District.  Jim, Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Training:  It was determined that Jerry’s training would be in effect through 2008 and Butch’s training would be in effect through 2010.  No further training is needed at this time.

 

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2007

 

 

 

Namakan River Hydro Development Project:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to approve expenses for Rob Scott’s attendance at the community information session on December 19th at the Lac La Croix First Nation.  Butch, Jerry and Jim voted in favor and the motion carried.  The Board expressed their appreciation to Rob for attending.  Butch suggested that Rob consider flying to the meeting, if it would be a time and expense savings to the Township and to Rob.

 

Review Meeting Dates:  Board members felt they would be able to attend the January 8th Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and would provide information on the February and March meetings.

 

Spotted Knapweed:  Jerry reviewed a letter received from Gary Kuyava, St. Louis County Agricultural Inspector, requesting that a petition be signed to upgrade Spotted Knapweed to a noxious weed in St. Louis County to provide legal authority to control it. A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to sign the petition to upgrade Spotted Knapweed to a noxious weed.  Jim, Butch and Jerry voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Comments from Officers:  Terrie commented on Gretchen Janssen’s letter.  She felt it was a very well written letter but did not agree with the facts. The Township is not in position to request that the ESA be hooked up to the system to provide debt relief.  A community center is very much in the works with the land exchange.  Terrie did not know what contacts the Township could make for debt relief that the CLWSD has not already explored.  Jerry thanked Bill and Darrell for their past service on the CLWSD Board and for re-applying.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Ruth L. Carlson commented on Gretchen Janssen’s letter stating that the formation of the Township provided a local government body that community members could go to with issues.  Some questions raised in Gretchen’s letter will be addressed when the land exchange is completed. Others may take a little more time.

Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, January 8, 2008 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

 

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

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

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.