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Three Crosslake planning and zoning commission members resign

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Three of the five Crosslake Planning and Zoning Commission members have resigned from their positions.

Crosslake City Clerk Char Nelson said by phone that commission member Dale Melberg submitted a letter of resignation, and that commission members Mike Winkels and Dave Schrupp submitted their resignations verbally to the planning and zoning department, currently run by Chris Pence, Crow Wing County Land Services supervisor.

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The resignations come after the city council’s decision to terminate both of the city’s planning and zoning department staff members and contract services with Crow Wing County.

Schrupp said by phone he resigned because he disagrees with the termination of the planning and zoning department employees.

“I just can’t support what they’re doing to Crosslake,” Schrupp said. He’s been on the planning and zoning commission since 2008. He said the latest terminations are another example of the council’s “need to eliminate employees they don’t like.”

He said former city administrator Tom Swenson went the same way.

“I can’t sit and watch it anymore,” he said.

Melberg said by phone that he, too, disagrees with the council’s action.

“I’m very disappointed that many years of work have gone into the effort of upgrading the planning and zoning for the city and from my perspective that’s all out the window,” Melberg said. “And I thought their treatment of Mr. (Ken) Anderson (former planning and zoning department head) was atrocious. I refuse to be associated with that type of behavior.”

Winkels could not be reached for comment.

In the absence of three of the five members, the city has alternates who will fill in for commission meetings.

Kate Perkins can be reached kate.perkins@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KateAtEcho.

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