March 8, 2005: Annual Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF CRANE LAKE
March 8, 2005
The March 8, 2005 Annual Meeting was called to order by Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman at 8:15PM, at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those in attendance including: A reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and 14 members of the community.
Clerk Jo Ann explained the purpose of the Annual Meeting and reminded everyone that it is a public meeting, anyone may attend, but only eligible voters of the Town may act at the meeting. Voting was to be done by a show of hands.
Clerk Jo Ann asked for nominations for a Moderator. Mark Anderson nominated Jeff Sanborn, with a second by Ruth L. Carlson. Jo Ann asked for any other nominations three times. There being no other nominations, the nominations were closed. Jo Ann asked for a vote. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Moderator Jeff read the Agenda.
Jeff asked for any other Additions to the Agenda. There being none, Jeff asked for a motion to approve the Agenda. A motion was made by Mark Anderson, supported by Ruth L. Carlson, to approve the Agenda. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Minutes of the 8/10/04 Reconvened Annual Meeting – All attendees of the Annual Meeting received a copy of the Minutes of 8/10/04. Jeff asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes. There were none. A motion was made by Sandy Bodkin, supported by Gini Marshall, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and to approve the minutes as received. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report – Clerk Jo Ann read the following Treasurer’s Report for fiscal year 2004:
Opening Balance $ 21,958.85
Ending Balance $ 45,668.82
Moderator Jeff asked if there were any questions and asked for a motion to approve. A motion was made by Terrie Hoff, supported by Jerry Pohlman, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Minutes of the 2/8/05 Board of Audit Meeting – All attendees of the Annual Meeting received a copy of the Board of Audit Minutes of 2/8/05. Jeff asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes. There were none. A motion was made by Sandy Bodkin, supported by Ruth L. Carlson, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and to approve the minutes as received. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Moderator Jeff asked if there was any other Old Business from the floor. There was none.
2005 Election-Day Times & Location – Jeff asked for a motion on 2005 Election Day times and location. A motion was made by Shirley Sanborn, supported by Gini Marshall, that the polls would be open from 10AM – 8PM for any special State or Federal Elections that should arise and the Annual Meeting hours would be from 5PM – 8PM, all at the Fellowship Hall. All voted in favor Motion carried.
2006 Annual Meeting Date, Time, & Location – A motion was made by Gini Marshall, supported by Bud Bystrom, to set the 2006 Annual Meeting date and time for March 14, 2006 at 8:15PM at the Fellowship Hall. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
Review Proposed Revenue & Expenditures – Clerk Jo Ann reviewed the proposed 2006 budget revenues and expenditures for Treasurer and Budget Committee Chairman Jacque Eggen in her absence. Copies of the 2006 budget were distributed to everyone in attendance prior to the meeting. Jo Ann reviewed the proposed revenues of $128,875.00 and the proposed Township disbursements totaling $91,120.00. Jo Ann asked Ruth L. Carlson to explain the possibility of a loan being needed for a land purchase for the land exchange project. Ruth stated that potential land to be purchased outside the Township boundaries for the exchange is being researched and that the type of property needed for the project appears to be selling at approximately $1,000 per acre. If this project moves forward as anticipated, it will be considered at the next budget meeting. Jo Ann asked if there were any questions. There were none. Moderator and Fire Chief Jeff Sanborn reviewed the reasons for the increase of the Fire Protection portion of the levy. Jeff explained that they had cancelled the fire protection contract with St. Louis County for township 67-18 leaving a $2,000 hole in their budget; they had just completed a $70,000 FEMA – Aid to Firefighters Grant, which was matched from their general fund with $7,000; they plan to apply for another FEMA grant to purchase a new pumper truck; and the budget included a $4,000 vehicle replacement fund. Jeff asked for any questions. There were none.
Moderator Jeff asked if there was any other New Business from the floor. Mike White stated that Lawrence Keller of Voyageur Lakes Development had attended the meeting to speak to the group about the removal and demolition of the cabins and lodge of the former Borderland Lodge. Lawrence explained that the cabins that were purchased were to be removed by April 1 of this year and demolition of remaining buildings would be completed by the end of April.
Moderator Jeff asked for a motion to recess the meeting to allow the citizens and the Board to develop a clearer picture of the financial needs of the Town, including a possible loan for the land exchange project. A motion was made by Ruth L. Carson, supported by Terrie Hoff, to recess the meeting to Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 8:30PM following the Regular Board Meeting at the Crane Lake Chapel Fellowship Hall. All voted in favor. Motion carried.
The meeting was recessed at 8:45PM
Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk Shirley Sanborn, Election Judge
Charlotte Bystrom, Election Judge Gini Marshall, Election Judge