Crosslake to begin ordinance review
Web posted October 22, 2013
By Paul Boblett, Editor
The Crosslake City council hired John Sumption to review and revise the Shoreland ordinances for the City. The unanimous vote by council on Monday, October 14, will pay Sumption $10,000 plus mileage.
Sumption assisted Crow Wing County in similar capacity. He worked for the Cass County Soil and Water District and Environmental Services Departments for 33 years.
Council member Mark Wessels said that following completion of the draft revisions, the city could the post proposed changes online with a 30-day comment period for public input.
After reviewing comments, the planning and zoning commission will review the proposed revisions and hold a public hearing. Then a recommendation would be made to the city council.
Sumption ‘s letter to council reported that he would begin on November 1.
City to advertise for commission positions
Mayor Schneider reported in a memo to council that five commission members had resigned in the past few weeks, 3 members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Don McCormick from Public Works, and Sandy Melberg from the Parks, Recreation and Library. All resignations were accepted unanimously.
Schneider told council he had received two commission applications and was prepared to appoint them that evening. Bill Forsythe to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Cindy Holden to the Planning and Zoning (P&Z).
Council member Steve Roe asked what general practice was for appointing and advertising for those positions. City Clerk Char Nelson stated that advertising in the newspaper and posting at City Hall was the past practice.
Roe added that each council member should have the chance to review the applicants before they are appointed.
Council motioned to place an ad in the newspaper to notice the vacancies.
Aaron Herzog was unanimously appointed to the P&Z commission serving to January 31, 2014. No action was taken on Forsythe and Holden.
Roe also added that one member of a commission is delinquent in taxes paid.
“[The City] by ordinance, approve permits only if taxes are paid [on the property],” said Roe. “It’s difficult to have a person who is delinquent in tax issuing and dealing with permits.”
• During the public forum, four letters were read from former commissioners expressing disagreement with the council concerning recent actions.
• Crosslake Police reported 157 calls for service in September for the City of Crosslake and included 36 traffic warnings, 28 EMS, 13 agency assists and 12 alarms. For Mission Township there were 31 calls with 13 traffic warnings and 6 traffic citations.
• Crosslake Fire Department reported 25 incidents for September including 21 medical assists. Year to date total calls are 245 compared to 231 for the same time in 2012.
• North Ambulance reported 74 callouts and 62 patients transported for September.
In other council action:
• Due to observance of Veteran’s Day (Council Action-Motion) council approved a change of the date for the next regular council meeting scheduled for November 11, 2013, to Monday, November 18, 2013, at 7 pm.
• Received information concerning a community event called “Boomtown, USA - The 7 and a half Keys to Big Success in Small Towns” presented by author Jack Schulz to be held November 7 at the Crosslake City Hall. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.pioneer.org/7keys
• Approved a contribution of $500 and participating in a Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment study.
• Approved the five-year capital improvement plan.
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