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Crosslake City Council hears about Fourth of July fireworks

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The Crosslake City Council on Monday, April 14, heard an update on the Fourth of July fireworks display from Crosslake chamber director Cindy Myogeto and Lake Country Crafts and Cones owner Pat Netko.

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The 44th annual fireworks will be Saturday, July 5, and will again be shot off from Sand Island in Cross Lake. Myogeto and Netko said they are seeking donations for the display, and Mayor Darrell Schneider noted the importance of getting creative with soliciting money for the event.

“The people who do the fireworks are pressing us for cash earlier than they have in the past,” he said.

Public safety

Crosslake Police Chief Bob Hartman reported 123 calls for service in March, down 21 calls from the previous March. Most notably, there was one property damage accident, one theft, one warrant arrest and two traffic arrests. The department also responded to 20 alarms, two deaths, 14 EMS calls and four fires and issued three traffic citations along with 32 warnings.

Hartman reported 28 calls for Mission Township, up nine calls from last March. The department responded to one theft and issued four traffic citations and 17 traffic warnings.

Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller reported in March the fire department responded to 23 incidents, including 13 medical calls, six fires, three good intent calls and one false alarm.

In other business, the council:

• Discussed a customer service issue with Crosslake Communications general manager Paul Hoge. Council members had heard a complaint regarding a request for a financial report from an existing customer who wished to open an additional account with the company.

Hoge said he had not heard of the financial reports as described, and explained that since 2008, the company has required customers either provide their social security number for the purpose of running a credit check or put down a 12-month deposit.

Council members felt this issue was worth revisiting to potentially relax these requirements for customers with pre-existing accounts. Council member Steve Roe suggested shortening the number of months required in the deposit. The council requested Hoge research the issue and report to the advisory board meeting on Tuesday, April 29.

• Approved a $5,000 grant from the Initiative Foundation to be used toward the costs of revising the land use ordinance. The council also approved a $250 donation from Fairfield Township for the library.

• Voted to waive two of eight outstanding planning and zoning fees because the applicants no longer own the property in question and approved five others to be collected together with property taxes if the fees were not paid by Oct. 15. One other outstanding invoice was tabled for further discussion.

• Heard an update from Jon Henke, parks and recreation director, and civil engineer Dave Reese about plans to reconstruct the parking lot at the community center. Henke said there are “huge craters” in the sidewalk.

“It’s a big hazard for the city right now to have that,” he said.

The council approved they move ahead to seek quotes for the project. Reese estimated the cost at $30,000-$40,000.

• Heard from Henke that the city found a new tennis coach for the summer, Mindy Brill. The council approved her hiring.

• Heard a recycling report from Roe, who reported that Crosslake is the only city in Crow Wing County with a private recycling dropoff site, operated by Crosslake Rolloff. The company has experienced a reduction in dropoffs, and council members wondered whether this could be attributed to the three waste pickup services that now provide curbside recycling pickup in the city.

Roe said the reduction in collections would lead to a probable loss of between $5,000-$7,000 for the company in the reimbursement provided by Crow Wing County, based on tonnage collected. The council would like to find out if the city could get credit toward that tonnage from some of the other operations collecting recyclables.

• Scheduled a continuation of the Monday, April 14, meeting for May 7 at 3 p.m. to review the city’s financial audit. The meeting will close at 4 p.m. so the council can meet with lawyers to discuss a claim that is being made against the city.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at chelsey.perkins@pineandlakes.com. Follow her at facebook.com/PEJChelsey and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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