Crosslake: Legislature will hear local option sales tax presentation

Online presentation will only be for 10 minutes total

Jon Mobeck, National Loon Center executive director, gives an update on the center to the Crosslake City Council via Zoom on Monday, March 8. Echo Journal Screenshot / Nancy Vogt

The Crosslake City Council learned at its regular meeting Monday, March 8, that the city was granted a 10-minute hearing online via Zoom to the state Legislature on its request to implement a half cent local option sales tax.

City Administrator Mike Lyonais will give the city’s presentation, emphasizing the regional significance of the tax.

The city started down this path in 2020, but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It must receive legislative approval authorizing the tax, and then it must hold an election to receive voter approval for planned capital improvement projects within two years of receiving legislative approval.

If ballot questions received voter approval, the council would pass an ordinance imposing the tax.

In other business Monday, the council:


  • Agreed to have the city attorney write a letter to one entity that is years behind in remitting funds to an area lodging tax the city has with Ideal Township.

  • Heard an update on the National Loon Center to be built at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground from Jon Mobeck, executive director. Mobeck said the loon center is opening space in Crosslake Town Square informally called a visitor gallery where people can learn about the planned loon center and get a sense of education efforts that will be part of programming.

The first two exhibits will go up in the next couple of months. The loon center is working with the Army Corps of Engineers for interpretive exhibits for the public.
The timeline is to raise funds as quickly as possible to build the facility as quickly as possible and to open the facility as quickly as possible, Mobeck said.

  • Accepted a donation valued at $2,500 from Dan Miller, who rented a building for fire equipment to be stored while renovations were taking place at the fire hall.

  • Decided on a 3-2 vote not to pay $7,694 for an additional sign designating city hall at the corner of County State Aid Highway 66 and Daggett Bay Road. Voting yes were Mayor Dave Nevin and council member Marcia Seibert-Volz. Voting no were council members John Andrews, Dave Schrupp and Aaron Herzog.

There will be a south-facing sign, but not a north-facing sign for city hall, which is a block off CSAH 66.

  • Appointed Robert (Bob) Heales, Jeffrey Pfaff and Kevin Sedivy to the Public Safety Committee.

  • Agreed to ask Crow Wing County for a speed study on CSAH 66, pending no charge to the city. Stewart Swenson, who manages the Sundance Ridge property, seeks to get the 35 mph zone to extend north of his property and the new city hall area.

  • Agreed to have public works clear walking trails on the main city street.

  • Agreed to update the surveillance cameras at the community center for $11,513.

  • Agreed to pay former city engineer Widseth for services to gather information on road projects to give to new city engineer Bolton & Menk.

  • Heard from resident Lorna Chambers during public forum who thanked firefighters and other emergency personnel for helping her when she slipped and fell in the dog park in December and broke her leg in two places.

  • Heard from Mark Lindner during public forum who thanked the mayor for the work he is doing for the city.

  • Heard from Seibert-Volz, who clarified that a claim at last month’s meeting that her evaluation summary of the city administrator’s review violated the Data Practices Act is not true. She consulted with the city’s labor attorney who said the evaluation did not violate that act.

  • Met in closed session to discuss land negotiations/settlement. Also, a closed session held Friday, March 5, to review results of a respectful workplace complaint investigation was continued to obtain more information and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Council members Schrupp and Andrews attended Monday’s meeting online via Zoom.
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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.

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