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Crosslake to Re-open Playground

Web posted May 19, 2020
By Paul Boblett, Editor

The Crosslake City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 11th. Four members, Mayor David Nevin, Council members John Andrews, Dave Schrupp and Gary Heacox attended in person at City Hall and Aaron Herzog attended via teleconference. Other present either in person or teleconferencing included: City Administrator Mike Lyonais, City Clerk Char Nelson, City Attorney Brad Person, Police Chief Erik Lee, Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller, and City Engineer Dave Reese (WSN).

Council heard the 2019 Audit report presented by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP of Brainerd, MN. It was deemed a “clean audit” with the only deficiency cited as “Limited Segregation of Duties”, which is common for small cities with limited staffing.

A letter with the audit stated, “We recognize that it may not be economically feasible for the City to employ additional staff for the purpose of segregating duties practicable from a financial standpoint, but we are required, under our professional responsibilities, to call the situation to your attention. The City should continue to utilize Council oversight of the budgeting, cash reconciling, receipts and disbursements process to the maximum extent possible to mitigate the absence of segregation of duties.“

Following the Audit report, council unanimously approved the additions to the agenda and Consent Calendar.

Mayor’s and Council Member’s report

Several committee appointments were approved including: Jerome Volz and Kristin Graham (alternate) to Planning and Zoning; Kristin Graham and Sandy Melberg to Parks and Recreation; Marcia Volz and Dale Melberg to Public Works; and Dave Schrupp to Economic Development Authority. All terms will end January 31, 2023.

Heard from Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake Chamber Director, about the Crow Wing County and local Chambers of Commerce joint initiative for public facing businesses to present a safety plan. The plan covers several actions that need to be addressed, Myogeto said there are 5-7 items to consider: store navigation, hand sanitizer, hand washing stations, mask requirements for employees and customers. She told council that the County is offering to review the plans at no cost.

“We don’t want to become a hotspot for Covid-19,” said Myogeto, “we need people to feel safe. We can stand out as a welcoming place to be this summer.”

Myogeto told council that many businesses already have plans in place, and they want to show the Governor that businesses are ready and consumers can feel confident.

Council approved submitting a letter to Governor Walz encouraging reopening, but recognizing the seriousness, and efforts made to protect residents.

Recycling Program
A letter from WastePartners was addressed regarding recycling. As it stands, Crow Wing County has taken over the recycling and currently has stated there will be two locations, the Ideal TWP Transfer Station, and the County Landfill near Brainerd. The County board will address it at their May 19 meeting.

City Administrator Mike Lyonais said by phone Friday that council could amend Chapter 40 of the city code to require recycling be picked up by trash haulers. “But not all carriers will recycle, they’re all a  little different,” said Lyonais. “The County is reviewing the process, and this (two sites) is not perfect but it’s what we have. Council can review and amend the ordinance.”

Council noted it would be nice for people to have a place to drop off their recyclables on their way out of town, and encouraged residents to contact the County Board to voice their opinion, and noted that Crosslake Rolloff will not take recycling.

Playground re-opened
Council unanimously approved emails from two residents calling for the playground at the Community Center to be opened. Signage will be placed stating “Use at your own risk” and staff is looking into placing a  "porta potty” on site, as the Community Center remains closed for now per CDC/Mn Dept. of health guidelines. The basketball and pickle ball courts are open for use.

Lyonais said by phone Friday that many options are currently being discussed on the re-opening of the library, workout area and gymnasium.

The part-time staff at the Community Center was furloughed. Prior to that, they performed a deep cleaning of the facility and are prepared to open when the time comes.

Public Safety
Crosslake Police reported a total of 114 calls for service in Crosslake and 16 calls in Mission TWP for the month of April. Crosslake Fire reported 22 calls for service in April 2020, and a year to date total of 97. North Ambulance reported 52 callouts in April 2020.

In other council action
• Reaffirmed their support for the 4th of July Fireworks, to be held Saturday, July 4, 2020, over Sand
Island and their contribution of $15,000.

• Approved pay application #8 from Hy-Tec Construction in the amount of $351,346.18 for the new City Hall project.

• Approved another $500 donation to the Crosslake Area Food Shelf as requested by a 4-1 margin (voting no, Heacox).

• Approved a pay request #1 from R.L. Larson Excavating for Daggett Bay Road Sanitary Sewer Extension in the amount of $170,247.41.

• Confirmed a move in date of June 1, 2020 for the new City Hall. It was noted that meetings will still be held via videoconferencing using MS Teams for at least the next three months.

• Approved the purchase of new phone system for City Hall/Police in the amount of $5,085.22.

• Learned that following the snow melt, there is a lot of garbage along the Perkins Rd Project corridor that needs removal. Public Works will handle the removal.

• Accepted two bids from Kamco, the first was for cracksealing at $79,500; the second was for Manhattan Beach Point Road in the amount of $4,884.00

• Council encouraged residents to email their comments and questions for the City Council to be included in future meetings as attendance will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, including staff as per CDC/MN Dept. of Health guidelines.

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