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Council will not comment on neighbor's variance

The Crosslake City Council decided Monday, April 8, it will not comment on a consideration by Crow Wing County to allow sheds within 20 feet of shore in an area neighboring Crosslake.

The city’s codes would not allow the sheds; however, the area of land in question is in Fairfield Township on Goodrich Lake.

Sandwiched between the lake and an area of wetlands is a strip of high ground ranging from 30-60 feet wide. Residents have constructed boardwalks from their houses across the wetland to the strip of high ground, but would like to have sheds on the strip for storage convenience.

The planning and zoning commission recommended the city send a letter voicing disagreement with allowing the sheds.

Council member Mark Wessels opposed sending that letter, saying the city should not spend time on issues that are not within the city.

Bryan Hargrave, of the city planning and zoning department, said that because part of the lake is within the city, any damage done to the lake would affect the city.

Council member John Moengen and Mayor Darrell Schneider agreed with Wessels, who proposed the city should let the matter drop and not send a letter. The three had the majority against council members Steve Roe and Gary Heacox, so the city will take no action to provide an opinion to the county.

Public safety

Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman reported a total of 142 calls for service in the city of Crosslake during March. Of those, 38 were traffic warnings, four traffic citations, one traffic arrest, 16 alarms, 15 EMS calls, six information calls, six gun permits and 10 agency assists.

For Mission Township, Hartman reported 19 calls of service for March. Those included 15 traffic warnings, one traffic citation, one hazard in the road, one alarm and one agency assist.

Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller reported 17 total incidents in March, including 11 medical assists, two rescues, one gas leak and three false alarms.

Permit summary

Community development director Ken Anderson reported 18 permits sold in March. Those included one home, one garage/storage building, three demolitions/building moves and eight land alterations. The 18 permits had a total valuation of $130,120. This compares to 18 permits sold in March 2012 with a valuation of $233,310.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Proclaimed May 12 Buddy Poppy Day.

• Approved a letter of understanding from Dan Vogt of DJV consulting, stating his intention to perform duties inherent to the city administrator position for around 15 hours a week.

• Heard that a new calendar of city events, a joint collaboration of the PAL Foundation and chamber of commerce, will soon be available with listings of area events.

• Heard that plans are in the works for the Day of Caring, a service day by Pequot Lakes High School, where students will volunteer their work to improve the city. More information will follow at future meetings to prepare for the event, which is May 9.

• Learned the community center plans to offer pickleball, a game played over a lowered net on a badminton court. Thanks to a local donor, Rod Nelson, the game will be available in the community center in late April.

• Approved a resolution of support for legislation that would allow the city to establish municipal street improvement districts. If it passes, the legislation would allow cities the authority to collect fees from property owners within a district to fund municipal street maintenance, construction, reconstruction and facility upgrades.

• Decided it will make DVDs of council meetings available at the Crosslake Library.