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Crosslake: Council approves meeting schedule

Echo Journal file photo.

The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Jan. 14, approved the 2019 regular council meeting schedule. The February meeting was moved to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, due to the absence of a majority of council members earlier in the month. The November meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, due to the observance of Veterans Day.

In other business, the council:

• Made the following annual appointments: Both the Echo Journal and the Northland Press as official newspapers for the city; Bolton and Menk, Inc. as the city engineer for sewer work and Widseth Smith Nolting as the go-to engineer for general city work.

• Assigned the following liaison positions: Mayor Dave Nevin for building and grounds; council members John Andrews and Dave Schrupp for Economic Development Authority; council member Gary Heacox for Park and Recreation/Library; Nevin, Heacox, City Administrator Mike Lyonais and an undetermined non-union employee for personnel committee; council member Aaron Herzog for planning and zoning commission; Nevin, Police Chief Erik Lee, Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller and Lyonais for public safety; Schrupp and Nevin for public works; Heacox for recycling; and Lee and Lohmiller for emergency management directors.

• Considered the elimination of video calls as a tool for absent council members. The matter was tabled for now.

• Heard a building plan from the Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association. They will build on the former Pineberry Plaza land, donated to the organization after a fire destroyed the complex in June.

• Heard an update from a representative from the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation.

• Listened to a petition from the Crosslake Pickleball Club for more funding to support the building of six new pickleball courts at the community center; $10,000 in donations have already been pledged but the club is looking for more in order to build all six courts.

• Approved the use of city streets for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

• Removed Parks, Recreation and Library director TJ Graumann and maintenance employee Corey Nelson from the probationary status of employment, effective at the end of January.

• Approved preliminary and final CIC plats for Sundance Ridge Homes on Cross Lake.

• Confirmed the engineering services contract to work on the water retention system pond at the intersection of Manhattan Point Boulevard and County State Aid Highway 66.

• Received an update from Public Works Director Ted Strand regarding the water treatment plant backup generator. The plant is having power issues when returning to regular Crow Wing County power after using the generator, and fuses are blowing during the transition. Strand said his staff is working to fix the problem.