CROSSLAKE - Commercial enterprises in Crosslake will have to take a closer look at designated disability parking spaces.
The Crosslake City Council Monday adopted ordinance amendments related to parking, loading and disabled parking. Community Development Director Ken Anderson said the goal was to bring the city's ordinance up to state rules for disabled parking.
The ordinance amendments include other updates to standards for residential and commercial parking. Anderson said the disabled parking has been studied for more than a year. For businesses, Anderson said it will require them to a have a striped access area next to the disabled parking space. And he said most commercial establishments don't comply with the requirement for a sign.
Other changes involved where curb cuts can be and requirements for spaces for oversized vehicles. Anderson said the council could have more time to look the ordinance over before a decision was made.
Council member Steve Roe said planning and zoning worked long and hard on the updates and he called it an excellent start.
"I would recommend we go ahead with this," Roe said.
In other business, the council:
Heard an update from Roger Roy, Crosslake, who provided an update on the planned dog sled derby being organized for February. The derby won't take place on a golf course without 10 inches of snow. He said the area will need more snow on top of what is on the ground. Plans are for a kickoff event on Feb. 8 and races on Feb. 9-10. The race is 10-miles long. Roy said organizers are trying to get sponsors involved in challenge races involving local businesses.
Approved the concept of the Park and Library Foundation or PAL Foundation of Crosslake, as a nonprofit 501c3 organization to provide financial support to the park and recreation/library. PAL will continue to work to establish the organization and is expected back before the council in early 2008.
Heard an update from Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl, who attended the meeting in an effort to increase communication and talk about the area's law enforcement needs.
City Administrator Tom Swenson asked if an office built into the joint maintenance facility in Crosslake will be used by a deputy. Dahl said they've looked at it for many years.
"We are just not there yet," Dahl said. "We haven't ruled it out." Dahl said the area has a mutual aid agreement with law enforcement in the area and that is working well. Dahl praised the work of Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman.
Set a special council meeting for 9 a.m. Dec. 19 to conduct year-end business to approve bills and year-end transfers of funds. The council agreed to close some city facilities on Christmas Eve. The Community Center will remain open. The closing doesn't affect the police department.
Learned the city was awarded $1,000 from the Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities grant to help put in an automatic door openers at city hall.
Learned the police department had 167 calls for service in Crosslake and 43 calls for service in Mission Township in November. The Crosslake Fire Department responded to 16 calls in November, with two involving concerns for fire.
Granted a renewal for the grant contract between the police department and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (State Patrol) for saturation enforcement and public information activities related to impaired drivers. Federal funds for the grant contract are provided from the U.S. Department of Transportation's State and Community Highway Safety Program. Overtime shifts for qualified officers are reimbursed through the grant funds.
Agreed to increase dial-up Internet rates. For example, 10 hours increased from $5.95 per month to $9.95. Residential phone rates will not be going up. But the council approved a business telephone rate increase from $23 per month to $24.95 per month.
Additionally, the council followed an advisory board recommendation to add digital programming and increase cable TV rates. The digital premium is going up $2 to $49.95. Basic cable increased $1 to $19.50 and expanded basic increased $1 to $39.95.
Crosslake Communications is close to launching high definition TV programming. People can sign up for and get HDTV through December for no additional charge with charges beginning in January. High definition is not available in all areas. It's not available in Ideal and Mission and the Belinda Shores area at this time.
Re-appointed Jeff Kittleson and Mike Winkels to a second term on the Crosslake Communications Advisory Board.
Removed planner/zoning coordinator Lane Braaten from probationary status and appointed him to a full-time employee after Braaten satisfactorily completed his performance evaluation.
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