The Crosslake City Council on Monday, Nov. 18, approved a request from two citizens to vacate a stretch of road adjoining their properties.
The piece of road in question is the end of Silver Peak Road east of its intersection with Jason Lane. The stretch dead-ends at the petitioning property owners’ lots.
The council had addressed the matter at its October meeting, but tabled the issue. On Nov. 18 the council approved the road vacation, requiring both landowners to split the vacated land. It passed on a 4-1 vote, with council member Steve Roe opposed.
Council member John Moengen was in favor of vacating the road, but said the council should develop parameters for why it would or wouldn’t vacate roadways, as the past practice of the council was not to vacate roads.
City attorney Brad Person told the council that if the council couldn’t find any potential future public use for the stretch of road, that’s what vacation is for. The council found no potential future use for the road in question.
Police chief Robert Hartman reported a total of 176 calls to service in the city in October. Those included, most notably, 34 traffic warnings, six traffic citations, one traffic arrest, 28 EMS calls, 19 alarms and 18 agency assists.
For Mission Township, Hartman reported 45 calls, most notably including 26 traffic warnings, five citations, three agency assists and three alarms.
The Crosslake Fire Department reported 22 incidents in October, including 20 medical calls and two fires — one building fire and one mutual aid building fire.
In other business Monday, the council:
• Removed finance director Mike Lyonais from probationary status with comments from the personnel committee stating Lyonais is performing his duties at a very high level.
• Heard a request from Crow Wing County to classify tax-forfeited land to non-conservation status so it could be sold. The city approved the classification with the stipulation that the county attempt to sell the piece of land to an adjacent landowner. The lot in question has no access to a public road, is zoned as waterfront commercial and is 80 percent wetlands. The lot is located on the Pine River behind the Riverside Inn.
• Heard that John Sumption, who was hired to look over the city’s planning and zoning ordinances, will meet with the planning and zoning commission to discuss a new working document on Friday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. Public hearings will be held once a rough draft of the document is established.