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Crosslake Council Approves Bond Sale for New City Hall Project

Web posted August 20, 2019
By Paul Boblett, Editor

The Crosslake City Council Council approved a resolution for the issuance and sale of $3,815,000 General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, August 12, 2019.

These funds are designated for the new City Hall and Police Station to be located and Fire Hall remodeling project.

Jason Murray of David Drown and Associates told council they received a total of six bids, and the lowest bid received was from Robert W. Baird & Company. Their bid had an interest rate of 1.9304 percent.

Murray told council that there were several factors involved and singled out the city’s AA+ rating, which compares to  similar strong bond ratings in the Twin Cities metro area. This rating saved the city an estimated $300,000 in interest according to Murray.

The total cost for the project is $5.15 million, the outstanding amount of $1.3 million will come from the city’s reserve fund.

Andy from Hy-Tech Construction gave a brief update on the City Hall project to council. He said they are currently working to finalize the final number with Sourcewell Group and showed a preliminary site plan.

He said the next step will be finalizing the dollar amount and signing a contract, and following that, work can begin. He told council that their goal is to start construction as soon as possible to avoid winter conditions, which can create delays and could be more costly. Hy-Tech will contact the City as soon as the final number is ready. Council set a special meeting on the matter for Monday, August 26th at 4 pm.

Sewer Expansion
In a special meeting held prior to the regular meeting, the council approved an ordinance establishing special assessment procedures for public improvements and maintenance costs. This is in regards to the city sewer expansion, approved earlier, that will run from the current Crosslake City Hall to CSAH 16 at Moonlite Bay along CSAH 66.

Council later approved a geotechnical evaluation from Braun Intertec for the expansion.

Parks

Parks Director TJ Graumann requested council to move the basketball/pickleball multi court project into next year’s budget, and to include park dedication money to fund the project. Graumann told council the estimates received were higher than the budgeted amount and they needed more time to raise more money and solicit additional donations for the project.

Council approved a motion to begin work on the installation of the base layers of asphalt. This will be funded by the currently budgeted monies and park dedication monies. The project can then be completed in spring and early summer of 2020.

Council also approved a new logo for the Community Center created by Dylan Ralph to be used for marketing purposes.

In other council action:

• Accepted the resignation of Gary Villella from the Public Works and Parks Commissions.

• Accepted donations with from the PAL Foundation with thanks in the amounts of $8392.00 for the Dog Park; $2480.68 for the Summer Reading Club; $575.75 for the library brochure; and $63.84 for the Community Gardens.

• Approved a motion to have a single voting precinct in the City.

• Approved a motion to contract with Municode to revamp the city’s current website in the amount of $8,100 with a timeline of around 6 months to complete. The annual cost of $1,800 for hosting, maintenance, support and customer service would be shared by all departments.

• Scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 pm for special assessments for the Daggett Bay Road/City Hall project.

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