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March 18, 2004: Reorganization Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF CRANE LAKE

REORGANIZATION/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ‘ MEETING

March 18, 2004

 

 

The March 18, 2004 Reorganization/Board of Supervisors’ Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman at 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including:  Supervisor Mark Anderson, newly elected Supervisor Jerry Pohlman, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, and 4 members of the community.

 

Clerk Jo Ann swore in newly elected Supervisor Jerry Pohlman and issued his Certificate of Election.

 

Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Chairman.  Jerry nominated Mark Anderson as Chairman.  There being no other nominations for Chairman, a vote for Mark Anderson to serve as Chairman was unanimous.  Jo Ann then asked for nominations for Vice-Chairman.  Mark nominated Jerry Pohlman as Vice-Chairman.  There being no other nominations for Vice-Chairman, a vote for Jerry Pohlman to serve as Vice-Chairman was unanimous.   Jo Ann then turned the meeting over to Chairman Mark.

 

Additions to the Agenda:  None.

 

Minutes – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark to approve the minutes of the 2/10/2004 meeting.  Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Jacque read the Treasurer’s Report.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Motion carried.  Jacque then presented the bills as follows:  Cook News-Herald – $126.00; Vidmar Appraisals – $1,700.00; Shirley Sanborn – $32.00; Charlotte Bystrom – $32.00; Jim Phelps – $32.00; Patricia Francke – $16.00; Crane Lake Visitor & Tourism Bureau – $2,244.28; and Payroll – $333.65.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the payment of bills.  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

 

Help American Vote Act (HAVA):  Clerk Jo Ann explained HAVA and reported that only ‘movable’ items needed to be purchased to comply.  Grant money is available for HAVA compliance expenses and an application will be sent before the 4/30/04 deadline.

 

Community Priority Projects Reports:

  • Trails/Beautification – Chairman Mark reported that the Forest Service does not have money in this year’s budget to spend on the Herriman Lake Trail; but there may be in the 2005 budget.  They do plan to brush the trail to the bridge this year. Chairman Mark requested that Jo Ann write to the Forest Service regarding the Herriman Lake Trail.
  • Communications/Cell Phones – No Report.
  • Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson reported that she had written a press release, which was sent to all area newspapers.  The press release explains the history of the land exchange from the Community Action Plan (CAP) to the present, and why the Township is involved.  A $20,000 grant has been awarded by the University of Minnesota Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership (NMSDP) for landscape design work with another $5,000 being obtained from other funding sources.  Work on the plan could begin as soon as April and could take six months to complete.  Community meetings are possible during the planning.

 

Broadband Service – No report.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Approve Crane Lake Easement Plat:  David Serrano of RLK-Kuusisto presented the Easement Plat for the Western Service Area (WSA) of the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District (CLWSD) for the Board’s approval. The plat shows where the easements are and must be approved by the Town Board before it is filed.  Chairman Mark asked if the public had any questions or comments.  There were none.  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, to approve the Crane Lake Easement Plat.  Motion carried.

 

Reorganization

 

Town Board Meeting Date & Time:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, for the Town Board Meeting Date and Time to remain the same – The second Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM.  Motion carried.

 

Official Newspaper:  Rate quotes were received from the Cook News-Herald and the Voyageur Sentinel. A motion was made by Mark to name the Voyageur Sentinel as the official newspaper of the Town.  Jerry supported the motion with the statement that the Voyageur Sentinel’s quote was lower than that of the Cook News-Herald, and the Sentinel is delivered to everyone in the community and surrounding communities.  Motion carried.

 

Official Posting Places:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that the posting places remain the same.  The Church, Fire Hall, and Post Office and the following places of business when open – Voyagaire, Scott’s Resort & Seaplane Base, Borderland Lodge, Handberg’s Marine, Anderson Outfitters, and Nelson’s Resort.  Motion carried.

 

Legal Representative:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that the Colosimo Patchin Kearney Lindell & Brunfelt firm remains the legal representative of the Town.  Motion carried.

 

Depository/Bank:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that any bank in St. Louis County may be used with the Beacon Bank of Duluth being designated as our primary bank.  Motion carried.

 

Fellowship Hall Rent:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to increase the Fellowship Hall Rent from $1 per meeting to $60 for 2004.  Motion carried.

 

Minutes Distribution and Posting Policy:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that the policy would remain the same.  Minutes will be mailed to those supplying the Clerk with stamped, self-addressed envelopes, and the minutes will be posted at the Church, Post Office, and on the website. Motion carried.

 

Salaries & Meeting Rate:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that the salaries and meeting rates remain the same (Supervisors – $5 per meeting, Clerk $175 per month plus $30 per meeting, and Treasurer $90 per month plus $30 per meeting).  Election Judge payment will also remain the same at $8 per hour and $10 per hour after 10PM.  Motion carried.

 

Mileage Reimbursement:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to follow the State guideline which fluctuates and at this time is 37.5 cents per mile.  Motion carried.

 

Committee Chair Appointments:

  • Trails/Beautification – A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Mark, that Mark would remain the Chair of the Trails/Beautification Committee.  Committee members will be Sandra Bodkin, Rob Scott, possibly Deena Congdon, and one other community member.  Motion carried.
  • Communications/Cell Phone – Chair appointment was tabled.
  • Community Property Project – A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that Ruth L. Carlson remains Chair of the Community Property Project.  Motion carried.

 

Budget Committee Appointment:  This was tabled until the May meeting.

 

Town Representatives:

  • Cook-Orr Healthcare District Board – Amy Ulen is currently the Town representative and agreed to remain so.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, reappointing Amy Ulen as the Town representative to the Cook-Orr Healthcare District Board.  Motion carried.
  • CLVFD Fire Fighters Relief Association – Two Town Board members must serve on this board.  Mark was selected to serve on the board in 2003 for a three-year term.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that Supervisor Jim Janssen serve on the CLVFD Fire Fighters Relief Association Board for a three-year term.  Motion carried.
  • International Rainy Lake Board of Control – Rob Scott is currently the Town representative and agreed to remain so.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, reappointing Rob Scott as the Town representative to the International Rainy Lake Board of Control.  Motion carried.

 

Nelson’s Resort – Liquor License Renewal:  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to grant their request for renewal of their Seasonal On-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License.  Motion carried.

 

Re-Zoning of Town Properties:  Chairman Mark reported that the properties within the Township could be re-zoned.  Discussion followed.  A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, to write a letter to the St. Louis County Planning Department stating that the subject was discussed and that assistance in studying the issue is requested.  Motion carried.

 

April Short Course in Eveleth 4/2/04: A motion was made by Mark, supported by Jerry, that mileage and registration fees would be paid for any officers choosing to attend the Short Course.  Motion carried.  Officers were asked to let Jo Ann know if they plan to attend a week prior to the course date.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Butch Eggen had concerns about re-zoning of properties and advised caution.  He also recommended that a committee including Township citizens be involved in the decision.

 

Mike White asked if this could involve classifications for residential, season, and commercial as well.

 

Ruth L. Carlson said that re-zoning is one issue; while planning and zoning is another and one that she would not recommend the Town get involved in at this time.  She informed the Board that other Townships with Planning and Zoning have eliminated it.

 

Ruth L. Carlson also said she is proud of the Town Board.

 

Comments from Officers – Mark said he has big shoes to fill following Ruth as Chairman and will do his best.  Jerry said he would do his best also.

 

Next Meeting:  Board of Supervisors Meeting, April 13, 2004 – 7:30PM at the Crane Lake Fellowship Hall.

 

Board of Equalization Meeting, April 21, 2004 – 2PM at the Crane Lake Fellowship Hall.

 

 

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Chairman Mark at 8:25PM.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk                                        Mark Anderson, Chairman