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Crosslake: Council discusses park director position - Application period ends Friday

The Crosslake City Council discussed how to fill two vacancies in the Parks and Recreation Department at its Monday, June 11, council meeting.

Parks and Recreation Director Jon Henke resigned at the end of May to take a job with the National Joint Powers Alliance.

The application window is open until Friday, June 15. After that, City Administrator Mike Lyonais said the personnel committee could review the applications and recommend its top picks to the council and have the council conduct interviews.

Or, Lyonais said, personnel committee members could conduct interviews themselves and make a recommendation to the council.

The personnel committee will discuss the process at its regular meeting Monday, June 18.

There is also an opening for a parks maintenance worker. Lyonais said nine people applied, and he found no issues with any of the applications. The next step is for Lyonais, Mayor Patty Norgaard and Public Works Director Ted Strand (because he works with maintenance employees) to interview candidates and make a recommendation to the council.

Public safety

The Crosslake Police Department responded to 195 incidents in May, including two burglaries, two property damage crashes, two thefts and one traffic arrest. Police assisted other agencies 29 times.

In Mission Township, police responded to 64 incidents in May, including 10 traffic citations and one crash.

The council heard Monday that the police department passed a review of mandated employee trainings and department policies by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training. The POST Board maintains selection, education and licensing standards for state law enforcement agencies.

The Crosslake Fire Department responded to 29 calls in May, including two grass fires and one building fire for mutual aid.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Renewed charitable gambling licensing for the following groups: Confidence Learning Center, Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, Crosslake Ideal Lions, Merrifield Marathons Snowmobile Club and Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association.

• Appointed Gary Nordstrom and Ann Schrupp as alternate members of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

• Tabled a decision on a cross-jurisdiction maintenance agreement between Crow Wing County and the city of Crosslake. Through the agreement, the county would grant permission for certain beautification projects on county state aid highways and county roads within Crosslake at the discretion of the county engineer.

Pat Netko, who worked on the project that recently saw flower boxes installed on city bridges, said her connectivity work group may be looking to put Christmas decorations up in place of the flowers in the winter.

As the agreement only allows for beautification items to be out from May to October, the council decided to get more information from the county and revisit the issue in July.

• Agreed to buy two road signs distinguishing Crosslake as a GreenStep City. The council approved two $60 signs for either end of the city and $300 for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to install them. Funds will come out of the Economic Development Authority budget.

The council approved the city's membership in the GreenStep Cities program in February.

• Approved the use of $12,835 for repairs on Daggett Pine, GenDreau and Silver Peak roads and the bike trail by Duck Lane.

• Heard from Chamber Director Cindy Myogeto, who said she was recently contacted by a promotional company working for the Minnesota State Lottery that said it's running a summer promotion to advertise that the sale of lottery tickets provides $25 million to game, fish and natural resources each year.

The group is creating a series of "inconvenient stores," which Myogeto said are more or less fish houses, and it wants to float one of them on a lake in the Whitefish Chain.

"I'm working with C&C Boat Works to find that location that would be good, out of the way and out of traffic," she said. "Ultimately it would be a great promotion for the Crosslake area."