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Tension between a Nisswa City Council member and the mayor has been evident at several city council meetings in the past year, and now council member Ross Krautkremer has filed an information report with the Nisswa Police Department alleging improper conduct by Mayor Fred Heidmann because of an encounter at church where Krautkremer's family was present.
Pequot Lakes will not get a rental property ordinance at this time. The Pequot Lakes City Council on Monday, Feb. 5, affirmed the planning commission's recommendation not to pursue such an ordinance. Council member Mimi Swanson was opposed after asking how complaints would be handled. The council asked the planning commission to look into a rental property ordinance after receiving complaints. Zoning Specialist Dawn Bittner said the commission spent a lot of time looking at other communities' ordinances before determining the city didn't need one now.
The Pequot Lakes City Council took the first steps toward using money the city will receive to take over maintenance of roads as part of the Highway 371 expansion project. The city is set to receive around $4 million this spring from the state and Crow Wing County for taking over the former two-lane highway through Pequot Lakes, now called Patriot Avenue, and a few other roads from the county.
The local board of review and equalization - where residents can ask questions about their property taxes and property market values - will return to city control in Nisswa in 2019. Crow Wing County will handle the process this year because the city failed to have a quorum of voting council members at last year's board of review. The board of review will convene at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Nisswa City Hall, with county personnel presiding.
The Pequot Lakes City Council agreed the city's comprehensive plan needs to be looked at this year. The latest plan was adopted in 2013. Comprehensive plan discussion arose when the council met Tuesday, Jan. 16, to discuss priorities for 2018. The council heard from city boards and commissions, as well as department heads so all could hear what others are doing. Council member Scott Pederson praised people's efforts for the city and was heartened to hear about so many positive aspects of Pequot Lakes to counter other talk of doom and gloom.
A temporary bituminous plant will be set up for seven to 14 days at a time during the asphalt process on County State Aid Highway 77 through Lake Shore this summer, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes of the Lake Shore City Council meeting. The minutes said that at the Monday, Jan. 22, meeting, Mayor Kevin Egan reported that representatives from Anderson Brothers had shared the operations schedule for the temporary plant with the planning commission.
Six roads are up for resurfacing in Nisswa this year. Roads targeted for improvement are: .6 miles of St. Columbo Road, .8 miles of Gull Lake Drive, 1 mile of Mission Road, .35 miles of Lower Cullen Road North, .3 miles of Nisswa Lake Lane and .6 miles of Hyland Avenue.
"It's probably going to be the highlight of my career," Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang said of his experience at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Klang attended the academy from Oct. 15-Dec. 15, working on his master's degree. President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray all spoke at the FBI Academy graduation ceremony. "They haven't had a president speak since President Nixon," Klang said of the graduation ceremony. "He (Trump) said a lot of nice things about law enforcement."
After nearly a year of work, Nisswa's resulting updated comprehensive plan will not yet become the city's guiding document. Acknowledging all the hard work that went into the plan over the past year, the council agreed to send the plan back to the planning commission to talk with representatives from the National Joint Powers Alliance and Region 5 about their concerns along with council member concerns with the document.
At age 94, Millie Gjertson doesn't travel as much as she used to. But she appeared to enjoy a trip Friday, Sept. 15, through Nisswa Lake Park via a golf cart. Gjertson recently donated $35,000 to kickstart development at the park that's on city-owned land on the west side of the Highway 371 tunnel on Nisswa Lake. Her donation will go toward trail development and other physical amenities, such as picnic tables, benches and barbecue pits.