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Nisswa: Council moves forward on clerk/administrator issue - Meeting April 26 5:30 p.m.

Pence tells council his plans for planning and zoning assessment

Chris Pence, of Crow Wing County Land Services, spoke to Crosslake City Council Monday night, March 11, to relay his plans for assessing the city’s planning and zoning department.

The county and Crosslake have agreed for Pence to spend one day a week in Crosslake to assess customer service, process and policy, ordinance review and reports.

He’s already begun work on the project, and will be looking at documents from 2009 forward for his assessment. He’ll be contacting local stakeholders including lake groups, realtors, contractors and others, he said.

As the head of the planning and zoning department, Ken Anderson was named as Pence’s contact for any materials he might need.

Pence has said in phone interviews that the county does provide services for other cities, but that’s not the current plan for Crosslake. He sees the assessment as a chance for both the county and city departments to learn from each other.

Council member Mark Wessels did say at the meeting that things would come out in Pence’s report that would determine what the county and city duplicate “that we could share services with.”

• Permit summary: Anderson reported five permits sold in the month of February, with a total valuation of $137,640. He said that this is low, but typically January and February are slow months. 

• Public safety: For the month of February, Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman reported a total of 114 calls to service in Crosslake. Those included 22 traffic warnings, 17 EMS calls, 19 alarms and eight agency assists. 

For Mission Township, Hartman reported 18 calls total. Those included 13 traffic stops, two driving complaints and one welfare check.

The council also approved the hiring of a part-time police officer to fill vacant shifts.

Hartman received approval from the council to sell a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, a forfeiture, by sealed bid. The minimum bid is $3,000, and bidding closes April 5 at 4 p.m. Bids will be opened that same day at 4:15 p.m.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Purchased a portion of road that was tax forfeited for $900. The portion of road partially connects Whitefish Avenue and Manhattan Point Boulevard.

• On a split vote, set office hours for the planning and zoning department. Office hours are now from 8 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Council members Wessels and Heacox voted against the measure.

• Established a one-year moratorium on lake shore access easements within the city.

• Approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters Local No. 346.

• Learned another Silver Sneakers class day was added at the community center. The class is now offered Monday to Thursday at 10:30 a.m.