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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.

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Seussical

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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Consultants Unveil Proposal for $12.7 Million City Hall Facility

The City of Crosslake has outgrown its headquarters. The police department is cramped and lacks the facilities to efficiently and effectively operate. The fire department is even more desperate for space. The administrative staff is not located in a secure office and the building that houses all three departments has potential mold issues and is showing its age in many other ways.

Back in 2009 the City recognized this problem. A study was done. Recommendations were made. That study was put on the shelf and ignored.

Last summer, the City Council engaged Five Bugles, a firm that specializes in space studies for municipalities, to come to Crosslake, inspect the current building, meet with the staff and council, examine all alternatives and make recommendations on a 50-year solution to meet the City’s space needs.

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Crosslake Candidate Forum set for October 23

Voters in Crosslake will have the opportunity to hear from candidates for the positions of mayor and city council on local issues during a candidates’ forum to be presented Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crosslake Community School. The forum is moderated by Wayne Holtmeyer, a member of the League of Women Voters. The public is invited to attend.

Councilman David Nevin is challenging incumbent Mayor Patty Norgaard. Councilman Brad Nelson has decided not to seek re-election and Councilman Dave Schrupp’s current term on the Council will expire, creating two vacancies. Four candidates have filed to fill those slots including Schrupp, Aaron Herzog, John Andrews and R. Clay Porter.

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