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EDA makes budget request presentation

The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Aug. 26, heard a presentation from Crosslake Economic Development Authority (EDA) President Patty Norgaard on new budget requests for 2014.

This is the first time the EDA has made such requests.

Norgaard said the budget requests would be to fund current and future EDA projects. The goal of the EDA, she said, is to support the development of a strong, diversified and growing economic base and create a favorable climate for economic development and ongoing business activities.

The EDA has provided support to several area businesses, including Rustica and Cross Tech.

Norgaard said the EDA’s plans are in keeping with the city’s community plan that was accepted in 2008. Norgaard said the funding would create diverse economic opportunity, attract business, create employment opportunities, support infrastructure and preserve and protect natural resources.

In all, the EDA requested a $46,000 budget. The council did not discuss the budget request, but plans to address the subject at its next budget meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

In other business Aug. 26, the council:

• Decided to send a letter to the Crow Wing County Board requesting it review its current ATV ordinances. The council received a letter from a resident requesting the council do so. The resident, Arlen Stensby, is hoping the county will allow class 2 ATVs along County Road 66. Currently both class 1 (classic ATVs that are straddled when ridden) and class 2 (ATVs with seats more resembling a car) are prohibited on the road.

• Voted to make consulting city administrator Dan Vogt the supervisory authority to the city’s department heads.

• Chose to withhold $10,000 in payment to Anderson Brothers Construction after rainfall left standing pools on the new tennis courts. The withheld money will be paid after the issue is fixed and proper drainage is established.

• Accepted a generous donation from community member John Hart to the police and fire departments. Hart donated $30,000 to the fire department for a new vehicle and $10,000 to the police department for non-lethal equipment and upgrades.