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Crosslake: City, county seeking funds for intersection improvements

Federal funding sought for a possible roundabout

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From left are Crosslake Mayor Dave Nevin, Parks and Recreation Director TJ Graumann and Mike and Jill Dietz, who are Dick and Mary Lou Dietz's children, at the Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, city council meeting. Phase 5 of a playground addition at the Crosslake Community Center will be in memory of Mary Lou Dietz. Contributed
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The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Dec. 13, granted a letter of support to seek federal funding for intersection improvements at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campground and Recreation Area access at county highways 66 and 3, where a roundabout could potentially be built in 2024.

The goal is to address existing safety challenges, as well as new challenges that may emerge when the National Loon Center opens at the corps property.

“The entrance of the USACE Campground and Recreation Area is a major focal point of activity for our community,” a letter from Nevin to Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray says. “Over the years, this area has also emerged as a safety concern due to its immediate proximity with the intersection of two county roads that double in capacity during the summer season.

“The combination of high traffic volume and elevated levels of pedestrians generated from the campground operating at full capacity is a concern for us. The need to improve this busy intersection has been talked about for several years and has broad community support,” the letter says.

The city is applying for a Transportation Alternatives Grant. Grant proceeds would be used for pedestrian/sidewalk improvements.

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The county is applying for Federal Lands Access Program for funding. Grant proceeds would be used for the intersection improvements at the 66/3 intersection.

Bray explained the benefits of roundabouts at the Monday meeting. He showed a concept drawing, saying: “One thing to remember is this is a concept.” The hard work would begin if the money is received.

Total cost for improvements is an estimated $1.2 million. Bray is seeking about $800,000 in the federal grant.

Public safety

Police reported 224 incidents in Crosslake and 100 in Mission Township in November.

Crosslake activity included 86 traffic stops, 12 traffic citations, one traffic arrest, one theft, five suspicious vehicle calls, one personal injury accident, five property damage accidents, one assault and four damage to property calls.

Mission Township activity included 76 traffic warnings, nine traffic citations, two traffic arrests, two property damage accidents and one each suspicious activity and suspicious person calls.

Firefighters had 36 incidents in November, including 23 medical assists. North Ambulance reported 76 calls.

In other business Monday, the council:

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  • Heard from Steve Roell regarding his request for an amendment to the sign/flag ordinance to prohibit flags with offensive language. Roell reported on his conversation with Crow Wing County commissioners at a board meeting.

  • Accepted the following donations: $1,000 from Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500 and $5,000 from Judith C. Nelson, both for the police department; and $1,000 from Roger and Carol Roy for the fire department for an air monitor calibration unit.

  • Approved phase 5 of the playground addition at the Crosslake Community Center, in memory of Mary Lou Dietz. An estimated $20,000 to $30,000 must be raised for a new swingset.

  • Granted chamber of commerce requests for a WinterFest fireworks display Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, and SoupFest on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, and to use city roads for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and Clover Dash 5K on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

  • Accepted an additional $4,078 from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act.

  • Agreed to hire Greg Kossan as a septic contractor for septic design review and installation inspections for Crosslake.

  • Agreed to move $4,300 from this year's budget into the 2022 budget to complete the irrigation expansion project around the pickleball courts.

  • Approved the Kitchigami Regional Library System service contract.

  • Agreed to collect cash in lieu of land for the MacGregor lot split and for the Curtis lot split.

  • Agreed to advertise for bids for the County State Aid Highway 66 sanitary sewer extension project.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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