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City approves revolving loan fund loan to Crosswoods Golf Course

Web posted June 16, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

At its regular meeting Monday, June 9, the Crosslake City Council approved a $100,000 loan from the city’s revolving loan fund to help fund a ninehole expansion at Crosswoods Golf Course.

Crosswoods is purchasing roughly 17.8 acres which, along with another parcel of land, will allow the course to add another nine holes to its 18-hole course. Crosswoods will pay a 4.25 percent interest rate on the loan.

Sheila Haverkamp, of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation, presented to the council, saying that the city has ample funds for the project in it’s revolving loan fund, which is one of many methods of encouraging growth in the city.

“One of the tools you have available,” Haverkamp told the council, “is a pool of funds, a revolving loan fund, that can be used to help your local businesses make investments and create continued growth and expansion and jobs.”

The council’s decision to provide the loan was unanimous.

Planning and zoning
The council decided against relieving any debts owed by Gordon Seimers to the city. Seimers, along with many other local property owners, was billed after city staff discovered thousands of dollars in unpaid bills for planning and zoning services. Seimers has already paid $2,968, and owes $1,743. The council had debated lowering the cost Seimers owed to the city, but voted four to one (with council member Mark Wessels against) not to reduce Seimers’ fees.

Council member Steve Roe made a similar request for a refund of some planning and zoning fees incurred by resident Pat Netko, but the council voted against that as well on a four to one vote, with council member Steve Roe voting in the minority.

In other planning and zoning news, mayor Darrell Schneider reported that he provided the county a report on the county’s staff and the work they do for Crosslake Planning and Zoning services. The mayor’s report reflected very positively on the county’s work in Crosslake.

The council tabled approval of a subdivision on Perkins Road. In lieu of park dedication fees, the city hopes to widen the road easement to properties in that area and Corps of Engineers property. Currently the road to that area is only 12 feet wide. The council hopes that the road can be widened using land from the parcel that will be subdivided, but time is needed to formulate a plan.

Fireworks update
The fireworks committee is still seeking $2,000 in donations to meet its  fundraising goal for the Fourth of July fireworks. Cindy Myogeto, who is on the fireworks committee and is director of the Crosslake chamber of commerce office, said that if 100 people donate $20, the fund drive will be over. To encourage others, she showed $20 that she’ll donate toward the effort.

Last year at this time the fireworks committee had received 18 checks; this year it’s received five. Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at the community center, with checks made out to the Parks and Library (PAL)  Foundation.

Public safety
Police chief Robert Hartman reported 175 incidents in the month of May within the city of Crosslake. Those included, most notably, 39 traffic warnings, two traffic arrests, 18 EMS calls, 20 alarms and 25 agency assists.

For Mission Township, the department reported 44 incidents, including 22 traffic stops, nine traffic citations, three EMS and four agency assists.

In other business Monday, June 9, the council:
- Heard that the new plots are ready to go in the community garden, which now has more than 60 plots.

- Accepted donations from the PAL Foundation for $1,147.17 for various items and for $5,000 from Jon and Carrie Hart and Mike Frank for the fireworks.

- Named some city equipment surplus and planned a garage sale for Saturday, June 28, at the community center.

- Approved new drug and alcohol policies for the employee handbook. The rest of the handbook will be updated and approved after it is made to comply with state laws that recently passed.

- Heard an update on the community center parking lot. Paving is finished, and soon striping will be painted, making the parking lot a one-way. Visitors will enter at the west side and exit at the east side, increasing safety in the lot.

- Voted three to two to hire a company to call Crosslake Communications Company customers and survey them on their satisfaction with the company. Council members Mark Wessels and Gary Heacox voted against the measure.

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