Crosslake: Council applicant says believes council violated Open Meeting Law


Marcia Seibert-Volz, a candidate seeking appointment to the Crosslake City Council’s vacant seat, told the council Monday, Aug. 10, that she believes it violated the state’s Open Meeting Law during a special meeting held July 30.

Seibert-Volz said the meeting notice didn’t include the fire hall renovation, and action was taken on that item.

City Attorney Brad Person said he didn’t know what Seibert-Volz was referring to and had no memory of that meeting right now. He said he’d look into her claim.

After lengthy conversation regarding whether to remodel the city’s former city hall building for fire department use or build a new facility (see story on page 1), the Crosslake City Council handled the following routine business Monday, Aug. 10:

  • Learned that in July, police had 248 calls in Crosslake, including 65 traffic warnings, three traffic citations, three traffic arrests, three damage to property, six property damage accidents, five thefts, three suspicious activity, three suspicious person, two suspicious vehicle and 11 agency assists; and 60 calls in Mission Township, including 32 traffic stops, five traffic citations and eight agency assists..

Firefighters had 39 calls in July, and North Ambulance had 84 calls.


  • Acknowledged a letter regarding a vacation rental complaint. Mayor Dave Nevin said the council has taken a step back for a year to see how a Crow Wing County ordinance governing vacation rentals works and won’t adopt anything stricter right now.

Police Chief Erik Lee said he didn’t recall any complaints regarding the property in question and knows of less than a handful of complaints regarding rental properties. He encouraged people to contact the police department with complaints so they can be documented.

  • Granted a request from the Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association to exempt the train club building on Route 66 from paying property taxes.

  • Allowed the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce to host Crosslake Days events Saturday, Sept. 26. The traditional chili cookoff will not be held, but other events are being planned.

  • Agreed to grant three months relief for on-sale liquor licenses for the 2020-2021 license period.

  • Awarded Stewart Sound Systems jobs to put acoustical panels in the council chambers to improve acoustics in the room for $4,078, to provide a hearing assist program for the council chambers for $3,372 and to install acoustical panel in the administration office at the new city hall for $6,836.

  • Accepted the Crosslake American Legion’s donation of a POW/MIA flag to the Crosslake Police Department, which will be flown at the city hall/police department facility.

  • Approved revisions to the city land use ordinance.

  • Accepted a quote from LA Lawn Care for $15,327 for landscaping at the new city hall building.

  • Learned budget meetings are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

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 or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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