An official groundbreaking for the future home of the Crosslake City Hall and Crosslake Police Department brought contractors, city employees and city officials to the site of the new building at County Road 66 and Daggett Bay Road on Friday, Sept. 20.

The project, approximately $3.4 million to complete, is being paid for with a capital bond for up to $3.81 million approved in July. Bonds were sold Monday, Aug. 12, after which time site work was able to start. The building should be in use in the summer of 2020. The project has been picking up momentum for approximately three years, but Mayor Dave Nevin said discussions started long ago.

“It really has come a long way since last January or February. It's 20 years in the works. We've been talking about it a long time,” Nevin said. “We got pretty specific last January or February and formed a committee of about 20 people.”

Nevin said the council appreciated being able to keep the contract local.

“We're really happy to be working with Hy-Tec,” Nevin said. “This Sourcewell group allowed us to pick our contractor, which was important to us to not get someone from North Dakota or somewhere.”

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Once the police and city staff have moved completely into the new facility, the existing city hall will be remodeled exclusively for the Crosslake Fire Department and emergency services.