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Bids accepted for EMS expansion

Bids were accepted for the new EMS public safety expansion that will soon be built onto the north side of Crosslake City Hall.

The total estimated cost for the expansion was accepted at $179,670, down from a preliminary estimate at an Aug. 13 meeting, which was $205,624.

The city will split duties as general contractor with Barrato Brothers Construction.

The addition will include area for a second ambulance to be stationed in Crosslake, a hose room and a new evidence room for the police department. There will also be separate sleeping rooms for males and females, a new bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Public safety

In September, the Crosslake Police Department reported 163 calls in the city of Crosslake, including 44 traffic warnings, three traffic citations, one traffic arrest, 22 EMS, 18 alarms, 14 agency assists and six disturbances.

For Mission Township, Crosslake police reported 29 calls, including 21 traffic warnings, four citations, one theft, one motorist assist, one driving complaint and one alarm.

Fire chief Chip Lohmiller reported that the Crosslake Fire Department responded to 21 incidents in September, including one automobile fire, 16 medical assists and three smoke detector activations with no fire.

Permit summary

In September, the city reported 62 permits. Those included permits for five homes, seven garages, 19 land alterations, eight septic systems and four demolitions.

In other business Monday, Oct. 8, the council:

• Heard a presentation from the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation on their new Execs program. The program enlists retired business executives to mentor current business owners.

• Accepted a donation for the fire department in the amount of $10,000 from the Crosslake/Ideal Lions Club and another of $1,709 for hazardous materials emergency preparedness from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

• Appointed election judges for the Nov. 6 election.

• Approved a transient merchant permit for the Whitefish Lions flea market, which will continue to take place one Saturday a month during the summer months of 2013.

• Accepted a quote from Tom’s TV for a new audio/video system for the council chambers. The total cost for the new system, which will feature volume equalization and headset microphones, is $14,497.55.

• Approved filling a vacant position heavy equipment/sewer operator position.

• Approved hiring a part-time employee to work on a fill-in basis for the parks department.