April 11, 2017

Dear Lake Hubert Resident,

I am writing to provide you with information concerning the Lake Hubert area and to ask for your help.  It has come to the attention of the LHCA, through informal communication, that Crow Wing County has recently made two proposals to the City of Nisswa.  The County wants to do some removal of trees that have been felled on the west side of Lake Hubert between Camp Lincoln Road and Hole in the Day Lake.  The County has also proposed the reclassification of two parcels of tax forfeited land (on the west side of Camp Lincoln Road).  The land would be reclassified from “conservation” to “non-conservation.”  We do not know if these two proposals are connected. And, at this point, no official written information has been provided to residents.  We have only a copy of the letter from Crow Wing County to the mayor of Nisswa and the information that several property owners have obtained by investigating on their own and by talking to representatives of Crow Wing County and the Nisswa City Council.

We do know, however, that the Nisswa City Council will meet on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. and that the proposal concerning the tax forfeited land is on the agenda for that meeting.  Many of those who live closest to the affected area along Camp Lincoln Road want to be sure that the City Council will oppose the reclassification of the land and any sale that might result from this. They also want to know why Crow Wing County wants to sell the land and what Nisswa would do if it bought the land.  The reclassification and subsequent sale of the pieces of land could make an impact on the beauty, safety, and traffic patterns of Camp Lincoln Road.  In the past, parcels of tax forfeited land have been incorporated into the forest.  Couldn’t this be the procedure now?

The Lake Hubert Board of Directors encourages you to attend the City Council meeting on April 19 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 5442 City Hall Street just behind Ye Olde Pickle Factory.  Only one or two people will speak at the meeting, presenting property owners' concerns about the issue, but your presence would certainly help Council members see that residents are eager for information and want to see transparency in actions regarding this matter.

We also ask that you write letters to the City Council expressing your opposition to the reclassification of the land and its sale as well as your desire to be informed about what is happening regarding the proposals.  You can email your letters to Maggie Wentler, and she will forward them to the mayor.  Her email address is mwentler@ci.nisswa.mn.us   The U.S. mail address is City Council, City of Nisswa, P.O. Box 410, Nisswa, MN, 56467.  Letters need to reach the City Council by the meeting date, Apr. 19.

You can also send a copy of your letter to Chris Pence at Crow Wing County. His mailing address is Director of Land Services, 322 Laurel St. #15, Brainerd, MN  56401.  His email address is chris.pence@crowwing.us
Thanks for your attention to this matter and for anything you can do to help.

Pat Eldred (for the Lake Hubert Conservation Association Board) (Property maps below)

Below are two maps showing the two parcels of property involved in this matter.