CROSSLAKE - A recommendation that landscape contractors be licensed, bonded and insured to work in Crosslake is expected back before the city council in June.
Ken Anderson, community development director, said a lot of work - some of it substantial - goes on without permits. Anderson cited an example of a patio being constructed within feet of a lake.
Anderson said the change would give the city a little more teeth when responding to violations.
Council member Irene Schultz asked if a building inspector may be needed.
"The possibility exists," Council member Steve Roe said.
Council member Dean Swanson said the city has been lax on enforcement, in part because it's a budget issue. Roe said requiring a license gives the city something to work on. Swanson said the city will have to look at the issue when considering the budget, but that maybe the discussion itself would send a signal.
"It's a start," Roe said.
The council approved a plan to look into the issue with the city attorney.
Two other issues are expected to return to the board this summer. One includes a request to install a driveway on the city's right-of-way to serve two homes off Manhattan Point Boulevard. The issue raised concerns from department heads that it opened property dedicated to the public to further incursions for private storage or erection of private property.
Council members referred the second issue - a letter from the DNR - back to the planning commission.
The DNR wants written justification and supporting information from the city as to how it can consider lots that do not meet the state's shoreland management standards for size as conforming and buildable.
At issue is an ordinance amendment the city adopted in October establishing 1972 - and later - as the year after which pre-existing lots of record could be built, developed and sold as conforming lots even if they do not meet the minimum size requirements in their zoning districts or shoreland rules.
At the time, the city maintained those lots were sold by developers and purchased by residents in good faith and the city will consider those lots as conforming.
The lots could have been considered non-conforming lots, which could affect the ability to build on a lot that may be too small by today's standards.
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