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Crosslake Council Hears Audit Report

Web posted May 17, 2022
By Paul Boblett, Editor

The Crosslake City Council unanimously accepted their annual 2021 Audit report at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, May 11th.

Mary Reedy from Clifton Larson Allen presented the findings to council and said that aside from segregation of duties, due to the size of the staff and mitigating controls used in office, there were no material weaknesses. Reedy stated the audit was clean and said the findings represent the highest level of reporting that can be issued by auditors.

Pay Increase for Mayor, Council
By a 3-2 vote, (voting no Andrews, Schrupp) the council approved a pay increase for the mayor and council members for meetings beginning November 9, 2022. The mayor is currently paid a monthly salary of $530, and council members $430.

Under the new ordinance, each member would receive an additional $30 per meeting with no limit on the number of meetings.

Public Safety
• Council approved a request from Gordy Reller of the Ox Lake Landing Homeowners Board, who asked the city to place official No Parking signs along Ox Lake Landing Road, which is a city maintained road. Reller said people are not observing the wooden signs that are currently in place.

• Police Chief Erik Lee brought up the idea of using re-useable speed humps to slow speeds in the sewer extension project work zones. The reason said Lee, was pedestrian traffic and how that could be affected by the closure of the walking and bike trails along the corridor. Council approved the purchase of eight speed humps and signage in the amount of $10,500. Council also approved installing no parking signs along the sewer construction corridor.

• Crosslake Police Department reported 201 incidents for the month of April, including 82 traffic warnings, 24 EMS calls, 18 alarms and 15 agency assists. For Mission Township, Crosslake PD reported 58 incidents including 39 traffic warnings and nine citations.

• Crosslake Fire reported 31 calls for service in April including 22 EMS calls. The year to date total calls is 138.

• North Ambulance reported 64 clouts for April.

In other council action:

• Approved fireworks permits for a July 1, 2022 display on Big Pine Lake, and the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce for the July 2nd display on Sand Island;

• Accepted two donations totaling $90 for the Park and Recreation Department;

• Approved a variance for a headstone that was larger than the regulations allowed at Pinewood Cemetery;

• Approved renewing existing liquor license establishments for 2022-2023

• Approved a Resolution establishing procedures relating to compliance with Reimbursement Bond regulations under the Internal Revenue Code;

• Approved a resolution to acquire tax forfeited land in the amount of $25,000. The land is adjacent to city owned property near the sewer plant;

• Approved bonding for up to $800,000 for road projects;

• Approved accepting Cash in Lieu of Land for Park Dedication for Herje, and Butterfield  subdivisions;

• Approved a banner advertisement program for the pickleball, basketball and tennis courts at the Community Center to fund future court maintenance;

• Approved the purchase of a Turbo Turf HS-100-P Trailer Hydro seeding system in the amount $3,695 for the Park and Recreation and Public Works Departments;

• Approved to advertise for and hire a part-time seasonal youth coordinator to put together programming and activities for kids. Funding the position would come from Parks and Library Foundation

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