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August 21, 2002 – 7:30 PM




Study Session – 6:30 – 7:30PM


There was discussion on the ordinance, rates and easements.  Owners’ responsibility for removal or filling of abandoned existing tanks was also discussed.



Special Meeting


The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Darrell Scott at 7:30PM.


Members present:  Managers Jim Sanborn, Darrell Scott, and Mike White.

Members absent:  Deena Congdon and David Dill.


Also present:  Jim Pucel of RLK-Kuusisto Ltd., Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Cook News Herald and 5 members of the community.






  • The correspondence was presented to the Board.


RLK-Kuusisto Progress Report

  • Remaining parcel numbers for the easement plat were sent to Alicia Cope.
  • Changes to the Contract Documents requested by Rural Development were made.
  • A letter was sent to Alicia Cope requesting that she investigate the ownership and jurisdiction of the platted rights-of-way in the Town of Chase, Harding Manor and Baylis Crane Lake Addition Plats.
  • Discussed the status and schedule for the project with Bill Priebe of the MPCA.  A rough permit should be received by the end of the week from the MPCA.
  • Received approval to go to bids from the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Approval from Rural Development to go to bids has been received.
  • Plan to advertise for bids by Thursday, August 29, 2002.
  • Jim Pucel will set the bid opening date.  Rural Development will have a representative at the bid opening.  September 19th would be the earliest date.
  • There are approximately 30 easements still outstanding.  The Board has not requested that RLK-Kuusisto go forward with procuring these easements.
  • Jim also presented a letter to be forwarded to John Honkanen, St. Louis County, Community Development Division requesting Reimbursement No. 1 for $58,765.84 upon Board approval.
  • Jim presented the Board with applications for a license from the DNR to cross public lands and waters for the Wastewater Treatment & Collection System, for a permit for the installation of utilities on the County Highway Right-of-Way for construction of the Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment Facility, and for new service for power  from Lake Country Power to the Wastewater Treatment Facility.  M. White will review the applications, provide checks where needed, and forward to D. Dill for signature.


Easements Status Report – David Dill

·         David Dill was not present.


Plant Automation

  • Mike Applewick from NTS has not responded to RLK-Kuusisto’s request for a proposal.
  • M. White met with Mike Applewick on 8/21.  Mr. Applewick will put the proposal together and will meet with RLK-Kuusisto to review the proposal before presenting it to the Board.
  • Plant Automation includes two issues; monitoring and controlling.

Rate Schedule Plan & Ordinance

  • M. White met with D. Congdon to reviewed raised questions.
  • M. White spoke to Mary Francis Skala of Fryberger, et al as she wrote the original draft ordinance.  There are many complicated areas and the rate schedule must be fair to all and not favor one group over another.
  • M. White would like to submit a recommendation to the Board as to how to proceed.
  • M. White reminded the Board that he submitted a recommendation to the Board in the form of a memo dated 7/13/2002 on how to proceed with the easements.  The Board has not recognized that memo to date.
  • M. White will not proceed with the Ordinance and Rate Schedule Plan until the Board responds to that memo.


Eastern Service Area Plan

  • The engineers will be able to work on the Eastern Service Area Plan starting next week.  They have been concentrating on the current concerns of the Western Service Area.





A motion was made by M. White, supported by J. Sanborn requesting a schedule from RLK-Kuusisto comparing receiving payment via the project route or through the CDBG.  After receipt of this schedule from RLK-Kuusisto the Vice-Chairman and Treasurer will make a decision on the Board’s response prior to the next Board meeting.  Motion carried.





Gary Albertson congratulated the Board on project progress.


Mr. Latowski stated that many East Bay residents will be leaving for the season and will be unable to attend meetings regarding the Eastern Service Area Plan.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:45PM.




J. Pohlman



Crane Lake Water & Sanitary District
P.O. Box 306 · Crane Lake, Minnesota 55725
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