Crosslake: council grapples with vacation rental problem

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Crosslake Mayor Dave Nevin said compliance issues with vacation rental homes are getting more serious and council needs to do something about it.

After discussion at the regular meeting on Monday, September 13, council agreed to meet again with Crow Wing County officials to discuss the matter.

Nevin initially suggested hiring a staff member to monitor vacation rentals and enforce the rules. After hearing that there was no room to skim money in the proposed budget to fund the position, Nevin said he could think of a few things, including a bobcat / snowplow from 112,000. $.

Council member Marcia Seibert-Volz said it was premature to add staff until the city met again with Crow Wing County officials. The county regulates vacation rental homes.

Police chief Erik Lee said his department had started documenting complaints about vacation homes and had only received one complaint per week since July regarding medical care, the garbage spill and the noise.

“I hear more than that on the street,” Nevin said, noting that he had heard that there were 240 such rentals in the city that have an average of 10 people in each house, which equates to 2,400 additional people in Crosslake, which is more than the town’s population of 2,250.

Council member Aaron Herzog said he was concerned the county was not enforcing ground rules.

In action on Monday, the board:

  • Heard from Peter Graves, who thanked the Parks and Library Foundation and Crosslake Community Center staff for adding shade to the pickleball courts.

  • Heard from Pastor Mark Holmen, of Crosslake Log Church, who asked if the council would consider allowing a digital sign at the church – and other nonprofits like churches, Crosslake Community School and the Crosslake Chamber – to advertise events, such as blood drives and the upcoming senior citizen exhibit. He referred to the digital sign at Breezy Point Town Hall.

Council requested more information on how to proceed with the request, as well as images of the proposed signs. City attorney Brad Person warned that the council could not allow such signs only for nonprofits.

  • Donations accepted from the PAL Foundation of $ 2,890 for the corn hole games and $ 2,247 for the benches; from Jan and Joe Albrecht, $ 144.11 for the summer reading program; and Matt Hall, $ 50 for cart tours.

  • Learned Rob Kniefel and Kevin Sedivy resigned from the Public Safety Committee, and Kevin McCormick resigned from the Public Passage / Vacation Committee. Kniefel’s work prevents him from having time; Sedivy leaves town. McCormick said in a letter that there would be many conflicting views with the rest of the committee and that he would not tolerate or face accusations of bias regarding his opinions.

  • Removed alternates Andy Holm and Scott Johnson from the Planning and Zoning Commission because they had not attended a meeting for several years.

  • Approved a cost-sharing agreement with Crow Wing County for the installation of dynamic crosswalk signs at the intersections of County State Aid Hwy 66 and 3, which includes County $ 12,644. The departmental council must approve this amount.

  • Agreed to accept $ 3,000 in park opening fees in lieu of land for the Gallaway Subdivision.

  • Approved an estimate from North Central Lawn Care & Irrigation to expand irrigation around the community centre’s pickleball and basketball courts for $ 4,300.

  • Approved a limited use agreement between the city and Mike and Lisa Rocca, allowing the Roccas to partially pave the public right-of-way between two lots they own. Herzog and Nevin were opposed.

  • Approved a preliminary deck for The Woods of Crosslake for Greg and Roseanne Haglin to subdivide 29.5 acres into 13 lots.

  • Denied a request to detach the Manhattan Beach Lodge from the city of Manhattan Beach and its annex to Crosslake. City attorney Brad Persons said the lodge was having problems with code enforcement.

Council member John Andrews participated in Monday’s meeting online via Zoom.

Nancy Vogt can be reached at 218-855-5877 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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