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Number of firework donations down

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Crosslake Fireworks Committee member Pat Netko told the Crosslake City Council on Monday, May 13, that the number of donations the committee is receiving for fireworks is down from last year.

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Currently the committee is down $2,000 from its goal of $5,000. The city provides $5,000 of the $10,000 total fireworks cost from the city budget, and the remaining $5,000 in funds is collected by donation.

Netko said that cans placed in businesses have seen a drop in donations, and St. Patrick’s Day Parade donations were also down.

Alden Hardwick, of the Parks and Library Foundation, reported that last year at this time the foundation had received 25 checks; this year it has received two. He encouraged the public to donate to the fireworks show.

The city did recently receive a $5,000 anonymous donation for the fireworks, but it was reported at previous meetings that the donation was meant to extend the fireworks, not to provide base funding.

Public safety

Police chief Robert Hartman reported a total of 137 calls to service in April in Crosslake, including 51 traffic warnings, five traffic citations, one traffic arrest, 19 EMS calls, 18 alarms, nine agency assists and four gun permits.

For Mission Township, Hartman reported 37 calls to service in April, including 23 traffic warnings, three traffic citations and four agency assists.

The fire department reported 22 incidents in April, including one building fire, one mutual aid building fire, 18 medical assists and one false alarm.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Announced that the second meeting of the month will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, because of the Memorial Day holiday.

• Heard that a free calendar, made by a joint collaboration between the chamber and Parks and Library Foundation, was completed and is free to the public. It’s available at the chamber, community center and other local businesses, and details the dates of area events.

• Chose to build 6-foot shoulders, rather than 8-foot, on County Road 36 when it is rebuilt in 2015. The council also approved a resolution approving the county’s design of the road.

• Approved a proposal for professional engineering services for the new tennis courts at the community center.

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