Crosslake will have a new city hall after the city council on Monday, May 13, approved a purchase agreement with Bigwood Enterprises, LLC, for seven acres of land on the corner of County Road 66 and Daggett Bay Road for $170,000.

The plan is to construct a city hall that would house administrative offices and a police station while the current city hall would be remodeled for the fire department.

Total cost is projected to be $4.8 million. The new city hall will cost an estimated $3.4 million and renovations of the old city hall for fire department use is estimated at $1.3 million.

The project was recommended by a city facility committee, which studied the building and space needs of the fire, police and administration departments.

"I think what we've done will serve the community for years to come," Mayor Dave Nevin said of purchasing the property. "I hope it's not taking anyone by surprise."

The city council hired Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd to draw up architectural and engineering designs and project specifications for both construction projects with assistance from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm. Costs for this preliminary design phase, including construction administration services, will be $200,000 for the new building and $100,000 for the remodel.

The city is looking to fund the projects through general obligation capital improvement bonds. City Administrator Mike Lyonais said with $3.5 million in capital improvement bonds spread over 15 years, the city's payments would be $300,000 a year for the projects.

The city council agreed to move forward with a capital improvement plan, and a public hearing will be held on this plan Tuesday, June 10, the council's next regular meeting date. If all goes as expected, the council could authorize the sale of bonds at its regular meeting Tuesday, July 8, and award the sale of bonds Aug. 12.

Nevin said if the city could get this project going by the middle of August, it could save the city money if exterior work on the new facility could be finished before winter. Council member Dave Schrupp said the new facility should be a priority over remodeling the fire hall. Lyonais added that it's more efficient to issue bonds for both projects at once, rather than two separate bonds for each project.