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Crosslake City Council Approves Hiring New Police Officers

Web posted August 16, 2022
By Paul Boblett, Editor

The Crosslake City Council approved Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee to pursue the hiring of two part time officers at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, August 8.

The hiring of the officers is to replace the loss of full time officer Adam Casanova who tendered his resignation in early July.

Council member Aaron Herzog said that he and council member Marcia Seibert-Volz conducted an informal exit interview with outgoing officer Casanova.

Herzog stated that the main reasons Casanova left the department was an inability to find local affordable housing, and the rate of pay. Casanova was able to purchase a home near Brainerd and will receive $6 more per hour than what the city was paying.

Lee was given permission by council to hire the officers right away. There was a closed session with Lee and the council to discuss wage scales for the future Thursday, August 11.

Public Safety
Lee received council approval to purchase challenge coins, usually used for promotion. The purchase will be made with donated funds. Lee told council the coins could also be sold to recoup the funds.

• Crosslake police reported 378 calls in July 2022, including 104 traffic warnings, 64 EMS calls and 22 agency assists. For Mission TWP, there was a total of 79 calls in July, including 52 traffic warnings and 14 traffic citations.

• Crosslake Fire reported 65 incident calls in July, including 4 EMS calls, four agency assists and three gas leak calls.

• North Ambulance reported 93 callouts in June 2022.

Graumann recognized
Alden Hardwick addressed council with an update on the playground and read a letter of appreciation to council, city staff and most notably, Park and Recreation Director TJ Graumann concerning the installation of new playground equipment. Graumann was instrumental in leading the efforts to replace the old equipment at the Community Center this summer.

Graumann stated a grand opening event would take place on Saturday, September 24th during Crosslake Days, and that the Park and Library Foundation would be serving chili.

Planning and Zoning
Council approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission for the final plat of the Bonnie Lakes Subdivision involving 35.89 acres to be split into 12 tracts. Council approved Park dedication fees of $16,500 for the subdivision.

In addition, council approved the renaming of an unnamed road to Levi Lane and adding it to the City’s Master Road Index.

Crosslake P&Z reported 38 permits for July 2022, and year to date total of 141. That compares to 49 July permits and 237 YTD in 2021.

Public Works

Council approved a recommendation from the Public Works Commission regarding connection fees for Moonlite Bay and Moonlite Square and Carwash.

Council approved basing the connection fee on 75 percent of flow during the wet months (March-August); initial payment due prior to connection would be 80 percent of the engineer’s estimated amount; and the final payment would be due after one year, when flow verification is complete (from monitoring) and the fee could be adjusted up or down depending on flow readings.

• Council set a date for the final assessments for road improvements of September 14, 2022.

In other council action:
• Accepted five donations: Two from the PAL Foundation, $942.75 for the new playground, and $63 for Friday Bridge room rental; $33 from Craig Lindholm for a cart tour; $25 from Joyce Schuller for a cart tour; and 2 brass reading room lamps for the library from Ronda Hopkins, valued at $600;

• Acknowledged a letter from resident David Wigren thanking the City for not reconstructing Whitefish avenue, instead choosing to do an overlay.

• Denied a request to buy back one cemetery lot as a headstone marker encroached in the lot;

• Approved a request to buy back 16 century lots;

• Denied a request to use the City of Crosslake logo on t-shirts that would be for sale;

• Removed probationary status of Planning and Zoning Administrator Peter Gansen. Gansen is now on full time status;

• Approved pay application 3 from Casper Construction in the amount of $536,071.42 for the sanitary sewer extension project.

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