Crosslake Council Approves 2014 budget/levy at $2.8 million
Web posted December 17, 2013
By Paul Boblett, Editor
The Crosslake City Council adopted the 2013 Levy and budget collected in 2014 in the amount of $2.8 million at the regular monthly meeting held Dec. 9. The amount was unchanged from the preliminary budget/levy determined in September by council.
The breakdown for the Levy is as follows: General Property Tax Levy, $2,188,747; Economic Development Authority (EDA) Operating Levy, $23,000; 2006 Series B, $135,746; and 2012 Series A, $452,507.
This was the first time that the EDA was included in the budget.
Another approval included the city’s 2014 expenditure budget of $5,886,157, and revenue budget of $3,879,345.
Mike Lyonais, Crosslake’s finance director, briefly reviewed the particulars and noted that the expenditures exceed revenues due to the Series 2012A bond refinancing (re-funding) that took place in 2012 which saved the city approximately $125,000.
The call date for that (approximately $1.8 million) which is currently in escrow, is February 1, 2014.
Public comment period now open on Land Use revision.
Council approved opening the public comment period for the revision to Chapter 26 on Monday Dec. 16.
Also included in the motion was the scheduling of two open house meetings for public comment on Jan. 6 and 13, both at 6 pm.
Public comments will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2014.
A formal public hearing was schedule for Feb. 28, to be held during the city’s regular monthly planning and zoning commission meeting.
Council also amended the language of a motion passed in October to revise what was then noted as the Shoreland Ordinance. The council contracted consultant John Sumption to review the city’s land use ordinance for $10,000.
Sumption planned to have the draft available for public viewing and comment yesterday, Dec. 16. It is viewable online at the city’s website, www.cityofcrosslake.org, and hard copies are available at city hall.
Before the council approved the public comment period, it amended the original resolution, voted on in October, to hire Sumption that stated the city would hire Sumption to “review and revise the City of Crosslake Shoreland Ordinance”.
Council member Steve Roe noted this in comments Monday night. Roe said the city does not technically have a “Shoreland Ordinance”, but a Land Use Ordinance (Chapter 26). He said he supported the revision but wanted to understand what he voted on in October.
“I thought we were getting a shoreland ordinance but we’re getting a whole land use revision,” said Roe, who noted that Chapter 26 includes rules on signage and lighting.
“If we’re going to be sloppy that’s one thing, but I was misled,” he added. “The Shoreland Ordinance and Chapter 26 don’t mesh in my book.”
Council member Mark Wessels stated that though Crosslake doesn’t technically have a Shoreland ordinance, the city must follow the state statute, which does include shoreland rules.
Wessels said, “We’re revising the shoreland portion of Chapter 26, you can call it whatever you like.”
Wessels then asked for, and Mayor Darrell Schneider called, the vote, which went 4-0 with Roe abstaining.
The Crosslake Police Department reported 143 incidents in November, including 50 traffic citations, 16 EMS, 16 alarms and 14 agency assists. For Mission Township, there were 49 calls in November, including 29 traffic warnings, eight traffic citations and seven agency assists.
The Crosslake Fire Department reported 16 medical calls, and two fires in November.
Council unanimously approved a 1.25 percent cost-of-living pay raise, effective Jan. 1, 2014, for all non-union employees and department heads. Council also increased the fire chief’s pay from $250/month to $500/month.
Council also approved wage increases for Crosslake Communications employees. The increases are as follows: accountant position: 1.5 percent increase; Network engineer: 3 percent; Office manager: 1.5 percent; Operations manager: 1.5 percent; and General manager: 0.5 percent.
In other council action
• Approved the Crosslake Communications budget. The motion also included a $5 monthly increase to high speed Internet and a 5 percent increase to cable TV rates. With the approval, the high speed Internet will increase from 3MB to 5MB.
• Adopted a new flat rate fee schedule for 2014.
• Approved revised guidelines for appointment of commission and committee members.
• Approved closing City Hall on Christmas Eve at noon.
• Accepted donations from the PAL Foundation in the amount of $5,143.65 in support of the tennis court, and $964.93 for two park benches.
• Approved a service agreement with Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS). The KRLS Board still needs to sign the agreement.
• Approved a request from residents John and Susan Derus to vacate a portion of Summit Ave and Whitefish Ave.
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