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Council revisits CR 3 project to Fifty Lakes

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The Crosslake City Council on Monday, July 8, revisited a plan for reconstruction on County Road (CR) 3 from Crosslake to Fifty Lakes.

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The council decided to look again at the plan after receiving a petition with more than 70 signatures opposing the current plan.

Crow Wing County Highway Department engineers Steve Stroschein and Rob Hall attended the meeting July 8 to discuss the matter.

Hall said that to redesign the road, as the petition requested, would “severely hamper” the project, setting it back at least one year. Rescheduling the construction would also be difficult, as the county already has other projects scheduled for future years.

Stroschein told the council that the next step, having already staked the right-of-way and mailed out offers for property acquisition, was to ask for a resolution of support from the council.

Hall said a simple mill and overlay on the road, which is what some citizens had suggested, would leave a lot of issues untouched. He said the road is under water during a normal spring, and there are many hidden driveways.

“A mill and overlay would be irresponsible for what we’re charged with doing,” Hall said.

The council agreed to move forward with the project, and decided it will sign the resolution of support from the county at its next meeting, on July 22, as it wasn’t yet available July 8.

Public safety

The Crosslake Police Department reported a total of 193 incidents in Crosslake in June, including 42 traffic warnings, seven traffic citations, 25 EMS calls, 21 alarms, 23 agency assists and six thefts.

For Mission Township, the department reported a total of 45 calls to service, including 33 traffic warnings, two traffic citations, two thefts and two driving complaints.

The Crosslake Fire Department reported 33 incidents in June, including 26 medical assists, three motor vehicle accidents with injuries, one gas leak, two good intent calls (dispatched and cancelled en route) and one false alarm.

Planning and zoning

The planning and zoning department reported it issued 53 permits in June, including 23 land alterations, one home, four garages/storage buildings, six decks/porches/breezeways/patios and five septic systems.

The total valuation for the month was $326,300, which compares with $391,017 for 46 permits in June 2012.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Heard from council member Mark Wessels that he and council member Gary Heacox had not yet met with county land services in regard to Crosslake planning and zoning because of scheduling issues.

• Heard from city administrator Dan Vogt that the city will begin sending letters to properties with hazardous buildings, abandoned vehicles or exterior storage screening issues.

• Heard that a property owner has built a staircase down to a lake on city right-of-way. The council agreed to ask the property owner to remove the staircase and complete shoreline restoration in the area. The council also encouraged planning and zoning to approve a variance to allow stairs to a dock on the property owner’s own limited lakeshore. Without a variance, property setbacks would prohibit the stairway and dock.

• Thanked the fireworks committee and everyone involved for a successful fireworks show Saturday, July 6.

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