The Crosslake City Council hired a new police officer Monday, Feb. 10. Adam Lane, an officer for the past four and a half years in Bismarck, North Dakota, will join the city in March, pending passing background and medical tests.

Police Chief Erik Lee said the city received 13 applicants. Lane will be paid $24.52 per hour for a six-month probationary time, and then will move to $25.21 per hour.

The council agreed to hire an officer after another officer recently resigned.

Public safety

Crosslake police reported 119 incidents in Crosslake and 34 in Mission Township in January.

Crosslake activity included 25 traffic warnings, 21 emergency medical services calls, 11 agency assists, four thefts, four suspicious vehicle, two property damage accidents and one each traffic stop, personal injury accident, burglary, suspicious person and suspicious activity.

Mission Township activity included 24 traffic stops and one each property damage accident and suspicious vehicle.

Crosslake firefighters had 29 calls in January, including 18 EMS calls and two mutual aid building fires.

North Memorial Health Ambulance had 58 calls in January.

Council members Gary Heacox and Dave Schrupp were absent Monday.

In other business Monday, the council:

  • Learned from the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District that the state Board of Water and Soil Resources approved the Clean Water Fund Grant application for $315,000 for the County State Aid Highway 66 storm water project (from city hall to CSAH 16). The funds will help the city and Crow Wing County to reroute storm water runoff. This project was delayed a year, but grant funds don’t expire until Dec. 21, 2022.

  • Agreed to a request from the Emily Emergency Food Shelf for a $250 donation.

  • Learned that the roof for the new city hall should be on and interior framing is complete with a few adjustments. The next stage is to start the drywall. The council approved change order payments from Hy-Tec Construction for the project.

  • Agreed to hold a special council meeting around 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 - after two scheduled special assessment hearings take place earlier that afternoon - to authorize seeking bids for the Daggett Bay Road sanitary sewer project. This will be an assessed project so a four-fifths council vote is needed to proceed. With three council members attending Monday’s meeting, the vote couldn’t be taken then.

  • Learned Crosslake Communications changed the council meeting video from channel 12 to channel 62 or 58.62.

  • Appointed Randy Dymoke to the planning and zoning commission.

  • Looked at what the city’s new website looks like; a goal is for the site to be more user friendly. The new site was to be launched Tuesday, Feb. 11. People looking for videos of council meetings will have to go directly to YouTube. The links can’t be on the city website.

  • Heard an update on the Transportation Alternatives Program grant. Crosslake presented one of five total applications at Sourcewell. Crosslake’s application will go to the next step in the process, which includes 13 applicants.

  • Authorized advertising for bids for the Perkins Road project and for the water quality project at the CSAH 66-Manhattan Point Boulevard intersection.

  • Accepted pickleball/basketball project proposals from Anderson Brothers ($77,028), Elite Fencing ($28,550) and Lee Sports Surfacing ($18,900) for asphalt, fencing and surfacing. The council also agreed to resurface tennis courts for $25,250 (a grant may be awarded) and replace a mower and buy a new mower for $35,000.

  • Approved an ordinance amendment naming a private road Blue Rush Lane and adding the road name to the master road name index.

  • Reclassified a 37.30-acre parcel as nonconservation for future sale by Crow Wing County as a tax-forfeited parcel.

  • Updated a chapter of the city code to change approval from a public hearing process to an administrative process when property owners request lot subdivisions.

  • Agreed to hold a 30-day public comment period starting in mid-March for proposed land use ordinance updates. A public hearing will then be held regarding proposed changes.

  • Agreed to pursue the acquisition of land for the purpose of a storm drainage pond, subject to certain conditions and contingent to the Highway 66 sewer extension project moving forward. The cost is yet to be determined.

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.