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Crosslake: Council hires full-time officer

Decision to promote interim sergeant to a permanent position tabled for one month because of union negotiations

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Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee talks to the Crosslake City Council on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Echo Journal Screenshot / Nancy Vogt

Regarding a request to promote Jake Maier from interim to permanent status as police sergeant, the Crosslake City Council decided to wait until next month for staff to consult with its labor attorney since union negotiations are taking place and to talk about compensation.

The council at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 11, did agree to promote Cody Haines from part-time to full-time police officer with a six-month probation, which brings the police department to full staff. Haines was hired last month as a part-time officer.

The council authorized the police department to order a 2022 Ford SUV for $34,184 plus the cost to outfit the vehicle to make it a squad car. A 2017 Ford SUV will go to the planning and zoning department.

The fire department received approval to upgrade the antenna system at the fire hall for $16,455. And the council approved the department’s training tower/facility use agreement operations manual and fee schedule.

For September, Crosslake police reported 281 calls in Crosslake and 39 calls in Mission Township.

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Crosslake activity included 24 agency assists, 28 alarms, six all-terrain vehicle, one burglary in progress, three damage to property, 31 emergency medical services, one personal injury accident, four property damage accidents, five suspicious activity, two suspicious vehicle, two thefts, six traffic arrests, seven traffic citations and 73 traffic warnings.

Mission Township activity included five agency assists, 24 traffic warnings, two traffic citations and one each property damage accident, suspicious activity, suspicious vehicle and traffic arrest.

Firefighters had 43 calls in September, including 31 EMS calls, one motor vehicle accident with injuries, two grass fires and one mutual aid building fire.

North Ambulance had 99 calls in September.

Public works

The council:

  • Approved a resolution ordering improvement and preparation of plans for the sewer extension project from the Crosslake Fire Hall to near the intersection of CSAHs 66 and 16.

  • Approved an engineering services fee amendment from Bolton & Menk for the CSAH 66 sanitary sewer and stormwater quality improvements totaling $17,530.

  • Accepted a bid from Rice Lake Construction for $447,600 for clarifier improvements.

  • Agreed to send letters to affected property owners of 2022 sewer and road improvement projects regarding the status of projects and assessments.

Planning and zoning

The council:

  • Approved the final plat for The Woods of Crosslake for Mark and Marie Holmen; both the preliminary and final plats of Woodys Tall Pines for Gerald and Carole Woody; both the preliminary and final plats for Fawn Lake Park First Addition for Cynthia Holden; and both the preliminary and final replat for Carabau Pointe, TMT Rental I LLC, Hollenbeck Properties Inc., for Louis and Bonnie Robideau and Tim and Mary Collin.

  • Agreed to accept $10,500 cash in lieu of land for Woodys Tall Pines Subdivision.

  • Approved an ordinance amendment naming unnamed roads in Fawn Lake Park First Addition as East Ravenwood Drive, West Ravenwood Drive and Whitehawk Trail.

  • Approved an ordinance amending various sections of a chapter in the land use ordinance. Mayor Dave Nevin was opposed.

  • Approved an ordinance terminating any moratorium on nonresidential uses within the shoreland and rural residential zoning districts.

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.

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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