The Crosslake City Council will not have two regular meetings a month after a vote to amend the city code to do so failed 3-2 at the regular Monday, Oct. 11, meeting.

Mayor Dave Nevin and council member Marcia Seibert-Volz favored two regular meetings a month in lieu of holding many special meetings each month.

Last month, the council voted to start having two regular monthly meetings starting in October when council member Aaron Herzog also voted in favor of it.


"To say we’ll meet 24 times a year - I just don’t believe we have that level of business to take care of."

— Aaron Herzog, Crosslake City Council member


Monday, Herzog said he’d support a second regular meeting in a month only if it was needed, but not every month.

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“To say we’ll meet 24 times a year - I just don’t believe we have that level of business to take care of,” he said.

Council member John Andrews said it wasn’t a good use of city staff time to have two council meetings a month, both at night.

“I just think it’s a lot of extra time for a lot of people,” he said.

Council member Dave Schrupp agreed, saying residents may not be able to attend both regular monthly meetings.

Harlan Johnson, of Harlan V Johnson Agency, talks to the Crosslake City Council on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, about city health insurance.
Echo Journal Screenshot / Nancy Vogt
Harlan Johnson, of Harlan V Johnson Agency, talks to the Crosslake City Council on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, about city health insurance. Echo Journal Screenshot / Nancy Vogt

Nevin said as the only actively working person on the council, two regular meetings a month would allow him to work more at his job. He said it’s burdensome to leave work to attend many special council meetings throughout a month.


"I just think it’s a lot of extra time for a lot of people."

— John Andrews, Crosslake City Council member


In other business Monday, the council:

  • Granted permission to the Crosslake Garden Club to place a mitten tree inside the community center. Donations will go to Crosslake Community School students.

  • Accepted $40,438 in donations for phase 1 of a playground upgrade at the community center. The council heard in a presentation that the Parks and Library Foundation plans to upgrade equipment in phases through grants, donations and volunteer work.

  • Appointed Jayme Knapp to the Public Safety Commission.

  • Authorized the city attorney to contact Hy-Tec Construction to give the company seven days to fix unresolved issues at the city hall building.

  • Approved health insurance renewal for city employees.

  • Heard an update on the Transportation Alternatives Program Grant from Tim Bray, Crow Wing County highway engineer, and authorized city staff to submit a letter of intent. That’s the first step to being considered for $505,000 in federal funding in 2026.

This program provides federal transportation funding for projects like pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities, Safe Routes to School, historic preservation, environmental activities and more.

  • Agreed to replace green “City Hall” directional signs with “City Hall and Police Department” signs on County State Aid Highway 66 north and south of Daggett Bay Road.

  • Approved a “no parking” zone on the east side of CSAH 66 from Lakeplace.com to Daggett Bay Road.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.