The Crosslake City Council took up several mayoral requests at its Thursday, Nov. 12, meeting.

The council met three days later than normal in November so it could canvass city election results that were finalized Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Regarding the following requests by Mayor Dave Nevin, the council:

  • Agreed to seek proposals for 2021 services for city engineer and city attorney. Nevin said he feels it’s the council’s obligation to request proposals every few years. The council will conduct interviews starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

  • Agreed to consider changing the makeup of the personnel committee in January. Police Chief Erik Lee said he was on his third year of a one-year term and thought another department head could be appointed next year. The committee currently includes the mayor, city administrator, one council member and a nonunion staff person. On a split vote, an idea not to include a staff person on the committee did not pass.

  • Discussed the city’s assessment policy and agreed to send the issue back to the Public Works Committee.

  • Agreed the mayor can have a key to city hall. City Administrator Mike Lyonais said he believed this was unprecedented; Nevin said he didn’t plan to visit city hall during closed hours when no one was there, but wanted to be able to get in early on city council meeting nights when the door is locked.

  • Discussed Nevin’s request to have at least two employees park in the front parking lot at the city hall building so people know it is open. He said he gets asked often if city hall is open. Council member John Andrews preferred leaving the spaces in front for the public to park, saying city hall is open during normal business hours. Council consensus was not to require employees to park in front. An outdoor sign will be placed at the new building.

Public safety

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Police reported 216 calls in October in Crosslake, including 23 agency assists, one assault, one damage to property, 26 emergency medical services calls, one personal injury accident, four property damage accidents, one suspicious vehicle, three thefts, two traffic arrests. Police issued 77 traffic warnings and eight traffic citations.

Police reported 98 calls in October in Mission Township, including 77 traffic warnings, 10 traffic citations, and one each agency assist, assault, property damage accident and traffic arrest.

The fire department reported 28 incidents in October, including 19 medical assists, one chimney fire and two agency assists with a drone.

North Memorial Ambulance had 71 callouts in October.

In other business Nov. 12, the council:

  • Approved election results and learned that Crosslake had 1,830 total voters, including 1,054 at city hall and 776 by absentee for a voter turnout of 88%.

  • Accepted donations of $4,888.55 from the Crosslake Ideal Lions to buy a trailer for the police department and $699 from the PAL Foundation to buy a memorial bench.

  • Learned planning and zoning issued 55 permits.

  • Approved the annual audit services for the year ending Dec. 31, 2020, by CliftonLarsonAllen for $24,990 plus a 5% technology fee, which is a 3% increase over last year’s audit.

  • Moved the irrigation project at the community center park to 2021.

  • Agreed to buy two picnic tables and two umbrellas for the pickleball facility for $2,612, which will come from funds generated from the pickleball tournament and annual memberships.

  • Agreed to order preparation of a report on proposed improvements to the following streets and to assess benefited properties for all or a portion of the improvement cost: Whitefish Avenue, Hilltop Drive, Woodland Drive, Cool Haven Lane, Wild Wind Ranch Drive, Rushmoor Boulevard, Harbor Lane and Birch Narrows Road.

  • Heard from Sue and Mark Scharenbroich during open forum. They asked whether walking paths, including along West Shore Drive, could be plowed in winter to make it safe for people to walk. Council consensus was to check with the public works department on this request.

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.