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Crosslake: Council approves preliminary levy

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The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved its preliminary 2018 general revenue tax levy, collectible in 2019.

Approved Monday, Sept. 10, was a levy of $3,950,587, projecting a tax rate of 30.36 percent.

The council can decrease that amount when approving its final levy in December, but it cannot exceed that amount.

The council also tabled a discussion to permanently close to the public a brush/yard waste site at the public works shop, which had opened after the 2015 summer storm. The site was indefinitely closed by the council in May, but council member Gary Heacox indicated that he was not in favor of seeing the site closed permanently, hoping to keep yard waste out of city ditches.

"I think we have to research this a little bit," Heacox said. "Otherwise, you are going to have people dumping stuff along the sides of the roads. We had a situation where we used to have a lot of brush fires because of people dumping this stuff all over ... I think that place has helped immensely."

Public works director Ted Strand also said he could "see the benefits" of having the site open to the public.

In other action in its Monday, Sept. 10, meeting, the council:

• Declared May 18, 2019, as International Migratory Bird Day in Crosslake.

• Changed its November meeting date from Monday, Nov. 12, to Tuesday, Nov. 13, in recognition of Veterans Day.

• Authorized Crow Wing County to reclassify three tax-forfeited parcels of land as non-conservation.

• Approved the subdivision of a parcel involving 39.1 acres into 10 new tracts.

• Agreed to a 4 p.m. start time Monday, Oct. 8, for a presentation from 5 Bugles for a new emergency services building.

• Approved the purchase of a 2019 squad vehicle for the police department, totalling $28,475.45.

In August, the Crosslake Police Department responded to 198 incidents, including one fire, three crashes, four thefts and two traffic arrests. In Mission Township, they responded to 51 incidents, including one theft.

In that same time, the Crosslake Fire Department responded to 39 calls, including two building fires, one gas leak and one search for a missing person.

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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