Crosslake Council wrestles with purchase of adjacent land decision
The Crosslake City Council has a once in a generation decision to make about what to do about city facilities. After hearing a report from consulting firm Five Bugles earlier in the day recommending that the current city hall building which houses administration, police and fire departments be razed and replaced at a cost of $12.7 million, the Council struggled with the question of what to do about the possibility of purchasing the five acres of land adjacent to the city hall property when it met in regular session Monday, October 8.
When Five Bugles was commissioned to do a space study, there was no mention of the availability of the adjacent five acres of land owned by Paul Hiniker and previously leased by the Crosslake Community School, so the use of the space was not included in its recommendations. Craig Feierabend of Hy-Tec Construction told the Council that the buildings on the land were “in very good shape” and would probably last “for another 80 years”.
Council member Dave Nevin made a motion to purchase the land for the $900,000 but the motion died for a lack of a second. Council member Dave Schrupp said he recognized the City’s opportunity to acquire the land adjacent to city hall but he wanted to hear more citizen input before making a decision. Nevin said he was concerned that the time frame for action may be running out. Hiniker said he would give the City time to do more study on the matter. “I would very much like to see the City purchase this land,” he said adding that he could not hold the property off the market indefinitely.
Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present the musical fantasy Seussical at 7:30 p.m. November 9, 10, 16, 17 and at 2:00 p.m. November 11, and 18 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.
With Stephanie White as Stage Manager and choreographer, Lauren Nickisch providing vocal direction, Lisa Sater providing musical direction, and incredible sets designed by Tim Leagjeld, Director Ben Gordon offers up a colorful confection of wit, wisdom, warmth, and whimsy.
Join in the fun as the mischievous Cat in the Hat (Kate Davis, Pequot Lakes) whisks young “Thinker” JoJo (Sarah Maroney, Ironton) away to the unmistakable world of Dr. Seuss populated by such characters as Horton the Elephant (Travis Chaput, Brainerd), Gertrude McFuzz (Nicole Rothleutner, Pequot Lakes), Mr. & Mrs. Mayor (Josiah Sechser, Pine River; and Teagan Johnson, Pequot Lakes),
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