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Crosslake council approves revised land use ordinance

The Crosslake City Council took the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission and approved the revised land use ordinance and land use map at its Monday, March 10, meeting.

Crow Wing County Land Services Supervisor Chris Pence presented the recommended ordinance to the council, along with changes added by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after the commission’s Feb. 28 meeting. The DNR’s suggested changes were technical in nature, according to Pence, and were related to clarifying language in the sections addressing shoreland zone and floodplain procedures. Although these changes were proposed after the commission’s initial recommendation, Pence noted that these provisions were required in order for the city to be compliant with federal and state regulations.

The council heard from one concerned business owner who asked the council to consider issuing a conditional use permit for his woodworking business in downtown Crosslake. Furniture manufacturing as an allowed use in the downtown district was removed from the revised ordinance.

Timothy Horvath, owner of Aunt Bea’s Pantry in Crosslake, told the council that he would be occupying a building that has been vacant for three years by opening Perfectly Natural Woodworking in the space.

“I’m providing an opportunity to heal up some of the most prominent blight,” Horvath said. “I can fill that spot and I believe I can fill it well.”

Horvath said he had already addressed concerns of noise pollution and odor control in the free-standing building, located next door to Aunt Bea’s on County Road 66.

The council did not approve the conditional use permit and voted to approve the ordinance with the ban on furniture manufacturing in downtown included.

Pence also shared with the council that the city was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Initiative Foundation to cover part of the cost of hiring Sumption Environmental to review the ordinance. The Initiative Foundation, based in Little Falls, is an organization that, according to their website, “works to strengthen the economy and communities of central Minnesota.”

In other news, the council:

• Approved a resolution supporting current legislation that would allow cities to designate their city website to publish public notices.

• Approved the addition of a political activity policy to the city employee handbook and affirmed consultant Dan Vogt’s desire to evaluate the rest of the handbook. Vogt also shared that performance evaluations of city employees are nearing completion.

• Heard from City Clerk Charlene Nelson that nine outstanding planning and zoning bills remain, with six of the nine residents requesting a review of their debt. The council discussed the possibility of establishing a review policy or committee to determine the validity of resident claims.

• Heard from resident Cora Mitchell, who thanked the council for allowing the Whitefish Area Lions Club to hold monthly flea markets. She also shared that some of the proceeds from the flea market were donated to Can Do Canines, an organization that trains mobility assist dogs.

• Heard from Cross-Tech Manufacturing owner Roger Roy, who wished to thank the Crosslake Fire Department along with five other departments for their quick and effective response to the fire at his business on March 6.

• Heard from Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake director of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, who said everything was set for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Myogeto reported 30 Chamber members were financial contributors, 26 were selling raffle tickets or buttons, 51 offered prizes for the raffle and 30 members were in-kind sponsors of the parade.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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