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March 20, 2007: Board/Reorganization Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF CRANE LAKE

REORGANIZATION/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ MEETING

March 20, 2007

 

 

The March 20, 2007 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:  Supervisors Jim Janssen, Jerry Pohlman, and Butch Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, Treasurer Terrie Hoff, a reporter from the Cook News-Herald, and 0 members of the community.

 

The re-elected officers, Supervisor Jim Janssen and Treasurer Terrie Hoff, were sworn in and Election Certificates were issued by Clerk Jo Ann.

 

Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for Chairman.  Butch nominated Jerry Pohlman for Chair and Jim Janssen for Vice-Chair.  Jo Ann asked for nominations three times.  There were no other nominations. Jerry and Jim will remain in their positions as Chair and Vice-Chair.  Jo Ann then turned the meeting over to Chairman Jerry.

 

Additions to the Agenda:  There were none.

 

Minutes – A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to approve the minutes of the 2/13/2007 Board of Supervisors’ meeting and the 3/13/07 Board of Canvass meeting.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Terrie read the Treasurer’s Report for February and presented the bills as follows:  W.A. Fisher – $585.75; Vidmar Appraisals – $1,360.00; McCahilll Publishing Inc. – $49.50; Lutefisk Tech., Inc. – $32.50; Charlotte Bystrom – $32.00; Joan Olson – $32.00; Shirley Sanborn – $32.00; Quill – $17.00; Arthur Eggen – $139.35; CLVTB – $2,981.85; and Payroll – $430.24.  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, 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.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Land Exchange/Community Property Project – Ruth L. Carlson was not present to report.

 

Culvert Update:  There was no update.

 

Community Action Plan Update:  Butch reported that the reports from the August meeting were sent to those individuals attending.  He reviewed the top priorities of the community.  There was discussion of contacting the current committee chairmen of on going projects and creating new committees for new priorities.  The Board will speak to members of the community regarding committee participation prior to the next meeting.  Butch reminded the Board that other organizations within the Township could be called upon to cooperate on the community priorities.

 

Rollick Creek Rezone Approval:  Butch reported that he and Jo Ann attended the hearing on 3/12/07.  The Commission did recommend approval of the rezoning of the Rollick Creek area from FAM-1 to SMU-7 for the North ½ of the NW ¼ and the SW ¼ of the NW ¼, Section 15, Town 67N, Range 17W and it shall be placed in Concept 5 – Waterfront.

 

Hilltop Road:  A letter was received from Stuart McKie regarding the rock pile on Hilltop Road.  A letter will be written to Mr. McKie restating the Township’s position on this issue.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Liquor License Renewal – Nelson’s Resort:  A motion was made by Jim to grant a request for renewal of a Seasonal On-Sale/Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Nelson’s Resort.  Butch and Jerry both abstained from supporting the motion as owners of Nelson’s Resort. Butch reinstated himself to support the motion.  Jim and Butch voted in favor with Jerry abstaining and the motion carried.

 

Tobacco Licensing Survey:  A form was received from the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office surveying municipalities issuing tobacco licenses to determine if a voluntary, uniform fee was feasible. The Board asked the Clerk to return the form stating that our Township was not interested in adopting a uniform tobacco licensing fee.

 

 Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – March 20, 2007

 

 

NEW BUSINESS (Cont.)

 

2007 Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting Date:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to set the date and time as tentatively scheduled by the St. Louis County Assessor’s Department as May 1, 2007, 2PM at the Fellowship Hall.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

April Short Course – Fortune Bay, 4/6/07:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, to approve all education and mileage expenses for those wishing to attend.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Reorganization

 

Town Board Meeting Date & Time:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, 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, Timberjay, and Voyageur Sentinel. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to name the Voyageur Sentinel as the official newspaper of the Town. There was discussion.  Gary Albertson of the Cook News-Herald stated that the lowest bid must be accepted since bids were requested.  The Board stated their reasons to remain with the Sentinel as being their good record of the past and their distribution to every mailbox in the Township.  The motion will be tabled for rule review and will be revisited at the next meeting.

 

Official Posting Places:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, that the posting places remain the same (with the exception of the Fire Hall) – the Church, Post Office and the following places of business when open – Voyagaire, Handberg’s Marine, Anderson Outfitters, and Nelson’s Resort; and that one posting per year would be made listing all of the scheduled meetings with special postings for meeting changes.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Legal Representative:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Jerry, that the current firm, Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe, remain as the Township legal representative.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Depository/Bank:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, that any bank in St. Louis County may be used with the Beacon Bank of Duluth being designated as our primary bank.   All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Fellowship Hall Donation:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, to increase the donation from $120 to $300 per year for use of the Fellowship Hall.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Minutes Distribution and Posting Policy:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, 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. All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Copy & Information Request Policy:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, that the policy would remain the same.  Charge of 25 cents per copy (includes labor) for copy requests and $25 per hour for other labor request.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Salaries & Meeting Rate:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, that the salaries and meeting rates would be as follows: Supervisors would increase from $10 to $15 per meeting, Clerk would increase from $215 per month plus $40 per meeting to $275 per month plus $40 per meeting, and Treasurer would remain at $120 per month plus $40 per meeting. Election Judge payment will remain the same at $8 per hour and $10 per hour after 10PM.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Mileage Reimbursement:  A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jim, to follow the State guideline which fluctuates and at this time is 48.5 cents per mile.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Committees:

  • Community Property Project-Trails/Beautification:  A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, that the Committee remain the same.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.
  • Budget Committee:  A motion was made by Jerry, supported by Butch, that the Committee remain the same.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Town of Crane Lake Meeting Minutes – March 20, 2007

 

Reorganization (Cont.)

 

Town Representatives:

  • Cook-Orr Healthcare District Board – Ruth L. Carlson volunteered to complete Amy Ulen’s term as Town representative until the 2008 elections.  No action is required.
  • CLVFD Fire Fighters Relief Association – Three Town Board members must serve on this Board.    Jo Ann and Terrie were appointed in 2006 for three-year terms. A motion was made by Butch, supported by Jerry, to re-appoint Jim Janssen for a three-year term beginning 2007.  Butch and Jerry voted in favor; Jim abstained and the motion carried.
  • International Rainy Lake Board of Control – A motion was made by Jim, supported by Butch, that Rob Scott remain as the Town representative.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.

 

Comments from Officers:  Butch congratulated both Jim Janssen and Terrie Hoff on their re-election to the Board and thanked them for running.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS – There were none.

 

Next Meeting:    Board of Supervisors’ Meeting, April 101, 20076 – 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall.

Board of Equalization Meeting, May 1, 2007 – 2PM, Fellowship Hall.

 

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35PM.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

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.