Following a recommendation from the public works commission, the Crosslake City Council agreed to delay work on a sewer extension to the intersection of County Roads 66 and 16 (Moonlite Bay).

The council also agreed Monday, Jan. 6, to review the project no later than January 2021.

The public works commission based its decision on the fact that engineering work required to obtain bids is not complete after the council delayed that work, according to a memo council member Dave Schrupp read at Monday’s council meeting.

The commission believed that bids would be high if they came in April or May. Instead, bids should come in February or March. In addition, the commission wants to know if the city will be approved for stormwater grant monies.

Among other reasons, Schrupp read, almost all the affected residents did not feel the extension was necessary at this time and some asked for the project to be delayed.

“If we delay for a year, we will have completed the work we need to complete, will have the ability to obtain bids at the right time of the year and will know if sales tax monies will be available to help pay for the project,” he read, referring to the city seeking a 0.5% local option sales and use tax.

The commission also recommended city staff contact Crow Wing County to see if the resurfacing of CR 66 could be moved up so the sewer and road could be done at the same time to save the city money.

The council did authorize Bolton and Menk engineering firm to complete the bid documentation now so it's ready.

Roads

The council will hold two public hearings Friday, Jan. 31, in the council chambers regarding proposed improvements to Wild Wind Ranch Drive (7 p.m.) and Big Pine Trail (6 p.m.).

City engineer Widseth Smith Nolting prepared feasibility reports for proposed improvements to Wild Wind Ranch Drive between Crow Wing County Road 103 and the end of the city-maintained portion of the road, and to Big Pine Trail between County State Aid Highway 3 and the end of the city-maintained portion of the road.

Wild Wind Ranch Drive improvements are estimated to cost $117,800, with the city paying an estimated $73,800 (61%) and assessments providing an estimated $46,000 (39%). Assessments are estimated at $3,000-$7,000 per lot.

Big Pine Trail improvements are estimated to cost $664,300, with the city paying an estimated $358,975 (54%) and assessments providing an estimated $305,325 (46%).

Neither project has received council approval. The next step is the public hearings for affected property owners to learn more and share their thoughts.

City hall construction

The council approved a proposal for $100,000 from Hy-Tec Construction for architectural/design services to remodel the existing city hall to an expanded fire hall. The goal is to begin remodeling city hall as soon as city staff moves to the new city hall currently being built.

A Hy-Tec representative gave an update on the new city hall construction. It’s anticipated city hall will be complete and ready for staff to move in mid-summer.

Annual appointments

The council will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month and made the following annual appointments: acting mayor, Gary Heacox; official newspapers, Echo Journal and Northland Press; city engineers, Widseth Smith Nolting as city engineer, and Bolton & Menk as city engineer for storm sewer; city attorneys, Brad Person of Breen & Person for civil matters, Johnson, Killen & Seiler for labor matters, Crow Wing County as prosecuting attorney, Briggs & Morgan as bond counsel, and David Drown Associates as bond adviser.

Public safety

Crosslake police reported 129 incidents in December in Crosslake, including 30 traffic warnings, one traffic citation, three property damage accidents, two thefts, one burglary and 13 agency assists.

Police reported 32 incidents in December in Mission Township, including 15 traffic stops, one traffic citation, one traffic arrest and one property damage accident.

Council member John Andrews was absent from Monday’s meeting.

In other business Monday, the council:

  • Approved the use of city streets for the Clover Dash and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be Saturday, March 14.

  • Approved a metes and bounds subdivision request from Andrew Nelson that will split 12.6 acres into two tracts and approved a $1,500 park dedication fee in lieu of land.

  • Met in closed session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken after the closed session.