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Phase one complete at Nordic Ridge Recreation Area

Jon Henke, director of parks, recreation and library, reported to the Crosslake City Council on Monday, Dec. 10, that two miles of trails have been cleared on tax-forfeited property north of the community center.

The clearing completes phase one of the recreation area. The Parks and Library (PAL) Foundation donations covered costs.

Henke reported that the trail will be great for cross-country skiing and will be used throughout the year for non-motorized activities. Ideal Sno Pros will groom the trail this winter, with gas and hourly wage paid by the park department.

The PAL Foundation will start work on a boardwalk that will connect city land with county land in an additional location this summer.

Public safety

Police Chief Robert Hartman reported 163 calls for service for Crosslake in November. Of those, 50 were traffic warnings, 10 traffic citations, two traffic arrests, 17 EMS calls, 10 agency assists, 10 alarms, 10 animal complaints and eight suspicious activity/person/vehicle.

For Mission Township, Hartman reported 42 calls for service in November. Of those, 28 were traffic warnings, two traffic citations, three housewatches and two traffic arrests.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Set a final 2012 meeting for any unfinished business at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Following the special meeting, from 3-5 p.m, will be a farewell gathering for outgoing council members Rusty Taubert and Dean Swanson. Everyone is welcome, and cake and coffee will be served.

• Approved an ordinance amending fence standards in the city. The new ordinance changes regulations for property line setbacks and approves temporary fencing for snow drifts or special events during the winter months.

• Discussed a conditional use permit for property owned by Gordon and Alma Siemers on County Road 3. The permit was extended with conditions.

• Approved enforcement action on the property of Mathias and Teresa Kuker to observe a no-mow zone on their property.

• Agreed to close facilities on Christmas Eve, with the exception of the police department and public works department in case of a snowstorm.

• Approved hiring Leigh Marineau as heavy equipment/sewer operator.

• Heard presentations from both Chris Pence, of Crow Wing County Land Services, and Timothy Bray, engineer from the Crow Wing County Highway Department. Pence explained the county’s land use services and procedures, as well as how the department has changed over the years. Bray requested public input from the council and citizens.