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Crosslake Intersection Improvement Open House Set for November 29th

Web posted November 22, 2022
By Paul Boblett, Editor

Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray addressed the Crosslake City Council at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, November 14th. Council member Marcia Seibert-Volz was not in attendance at the meeting.

He informed the council that there will be an informational Open House (see related story) event for the public on Tuesday, November 29th at City Hall regarding the upcoming improvements for the County Road 3 and CSAH 66 intersection area.

Bray told council the public will see three concepts, noting that that the options residents will see are conceptual and are focused on impact.

He added that several people have offered comments on a website set up for the project: crosslakeimprovements.com The public may also sign up for email updates on the site. Information can also be found on social media.

Bray said the actual project will not happen until 2024, but a final design will likely be  selected by next summer.

Council Designates Pine River Overlook Park
Alden Hardwick from the Park and Library (PAL) Foundation and Park and Recreation Director TJ Graumann presented a plan to use city owned tax forfeited land on Riverwood Trail along the Pine River for a small park.

Graumann and Hardwick stated that the park would serve as a great launch site for kayaks due to the shallow nature of the river in that area, and would offer a picnic area with parking and a portable toilet.

Graumann added that the site it a restful spot for a park and this is a perfect project for the community.

The cost for the park was estimated at $22,800 and Hardwick was optimistic that the funds could be raised through private donations, similar to the new playground at the Community Center. The hope is the project can be completed in the summer of 2023.

The council approved the designation of a park but did not approve any funding.

Public Safety
Crosslake Police reported a total of 265 calls for Crosslake in the month of October, including 82 traffic warnings, 50 EMS, 21 alarms, 16 agency assists and 13 public assists. In Mission
Township, there were 63 calls including 45 traffic warnings, 10 traffic citations and three agency assists.

The year to date totals are 2,695 in Crosslake compared to 2,193 in 2021; and 605 for Mission TWP, compared to 562 in 2021.

Crosslake Fire reported a total of 61 incidents for October including 43 EMS calls.

Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller told council that the year to date total as of the meeting date was 562 incidents, and they are looking for firefighters to join the department. He added that the city is fortunate to have many forgiving employers that allow the volunteer firefighters to leave work unscheduled. However, with the amount of calls currently being received, it is becoming increasingly difficult to have enough responders available.

North Ambulance reported 111 callouts with 72 transported patients in October.

In other council action:
• Certified the November 8 General Election results;

• Accepted three donations including two from the Park and Library (PAL) Foundation in the amounts of $2,658.00 for the new playground, and $252 for the Friday Community Center Bridge Club room rental; the other donation was from Julia Fry who donated $28 to the Library;

• Agreed to allow a monument and U.S. flag at Pinewood Cemetery, also amended the cemetery rules to allow benches and the display of U.S. flags only;

• Approved a Resolution Regarding unpaid sewer charges ad to put $1,078.80 on tax roll;

• Set a Budget meeting for November 28th at 3 pm;

• Learned the city is eligible for around $23,000 from Homeland Security for response to the May 2022 storm; and around $13,000 for the Memorial Day storm from the State;

• Approved the City Clerk to receive a payout for 60 hours of accrued vacation time due the city changing its policy in 2023;

• Removed Park Maintenance Employee Shawn Peterson from probationary status retroactive to November 2, 2022;

• Approved collecting Park Dedication fee for the Berglund lot split;

• Denied a request to place a bench on the Hillcrest right of way;

• Approved change order #2 and pay request #3 for Anderson Brothers fro the 2022 road projects;

• Approved pay applications #3 and 4 from Rice Lake Construction Group for clarifier improvements;

• Approved pay request #5 from Casper Construction for CSAH 66 Sanitary Sewer Extension Project;

• Noted the Truth In Taxation meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on December 12th, prior to the regular monthly council meeting.

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