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Council makes commission appointments

The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Nov. 18, made several appointments to the city’s commissions and discussed its commission appointment policy.

The mayor recommended all five appointments. They included: Bill Forsythe as an alternate to the Economic Development Authority, Matt Kuker as an alternate to the planning and zoning commission, Mark LaFon to the planning and zoning commission, Gary Nordstrom to the parks, recreation and library commission, and Tim Berg to the public works, cemetery and sewer commission.

Mayor Darrell Schneider said a third planning and zoning commission application was received from Dick Dietz, but that Lafon’s and Kuker’s applications were received before Dietz’s application.

The council discussed a policy regarding how commission appointments are made. Consulting city administrator Dan Vogt developed the policy based on other cities’ similar policies.

Appointments are made by the mayor and approved by the council. Advertisements for vacancies will be made in the city’s newspaper and applicants are subject to a background check, according to the policy.

The council decided it will have commission members sign a form acknowledging the rules of the commission, and the policy will have language stating that planning and zoning commission members have property that is in compliance with city codes or grandfathered in.

Those changes will be made to the policy and the council will review it again at its next meeting, Dec. 9.