More than 70 people who frequent County Road 3 from Crosslake to Fifty Lakes have signed a petition asking that the construction plans for the road be revisited. Construction on the road is currently planned for summer of 2014.
County Road 3 resident Nancy Koch spoke to the Crosslake City Council about the petition at a city council meeting Thursday, June 27. Her concern stemmed from the fact that trees on her property would be cut down if the construction is done.
She proposed that the road could be made safer without devaluing property by creating the planned 100-foot-wide right-of-way.
“If we put this 100-foot swath from Crosslake to Fifty Lakes, it’s going to be like a freeway. Cars are going to go faster,” Koch said.
She and the others who signed the petition want to maintain the scenic beauty of the road and reduce the cost to taxpayers.
Council member John Moengen, the council liaison to public works, said he wasn’t sure if the city was in a position to say it doesn’t want the construction performed.
The council decided to look back at minutes from past meetings regarding what decisions had been made. There was some concern that Crow Wing County had to build the road to the 100-foot right-of-way to maintain funding for reconstruction.
The council tabled the matter to gather more information.
In other business June 27, the council:
• Presented community development director Ken Anderson with a plaque commending 10 years of service to the city.
• Learned the city has ordered $14,000 worth of fireworks for the Saturday, July 6, show. The city will keep its extra $1,000 of donations for next year’s show.
• Approved an amount not to exceed $5,500 for work on the community center parking lot.
• Accepted a $100 donation to the police department. The donation was made after an officer went to the residence of Marlene Engstrom, who called the police worried that she’d left a package of ribs on the floor after leaving the house in a hurry. Sgt. Erik Lee responded to the call and found the ribs were safely in the fridge, not on the ground. Engstrom appreciated the favor so much that she sent the $100 donation along with a letter, good-naturedly signed, “The Rib Lady.”
• Learned the Department of Natural Resources approved the city’s secondary living quarters ordinance.
• Decided the Twitty property, which does not conform to city code, must be brought into conforming condition or that the Twittys must apply for a variance. The council decided that the Twittys need to make the council aware of their decision by Sept. 1.
• Heard that Wayne Reinking, owner of a patio under construction that didn’t conform with city ordinances, moved the patio so it conforms with ordinances and requested an easement to place it on the lot line of two lots he owns. The council granted the easement.