- Member for
- 5 years 9 months
Nisswa will issue $1.7 million in street reconstruction bonds to pay for improvements to city streets in the next two years. The city council on Wednesday, May 9, adopted a five-year plan outlining what streets would be improved and agreed to issue general obligation street reconstruction bonds not to exceed the $1.7 million to pay for improvements. No citizens attended a required public hearing May 9 regarding proposed street improvements. Roads to be improved
John Wallin was named the 2018 Nisswa Citizen of the Year — and yes, this is the first time the lifelong Nisswa resident has won the accolade. It seems many people share the same first reaction to the news: Hasn't the 76-year-old Wallin already had the honor? Nisswa Chamber President Shawn Hansen was just one person who had to scan the list of past winners after seeing the nomination letter for Wallin.
Before possibly changing its rules regarding off-sale liquor licenses, the Pequot Lakes City Council will first contact those affected by the potential changes, including churches and the city's only off-sale liquor store. A vote to amend the city's ordinance regulating off-sale liquor licenses failed 3-2 Tuesday, May 1, with Mayor Nancy Adams and council member Mimi Swanson voting for the amendment, and council members Jerry Akerson, Scott Pederson and Randy Loukota opposed.
Work to allow billboards along Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes continues as the city's planning and zoning commission held a special meeting Thursday, May 3, to talk about potential ordinance language regulating such signs.
Appearing relaxed and at times joking around, Nisswa City Council members along with the city administrator sat around a table at city hall to discuss their roles, communication, teamwork and relationships. The workshop Wednesday, April 25, with two people from the League of Minnesota Cities, was aimed at improving communication through collaborative decision-making. Three city staff members - Deputy Clerk Maggi Wentler, Public Works Director Tom Blomer and Police Chief Craig Taylor - were in the audience but did not participate.
An expanded Trailside Park filled with amenities will provide economic value to the city of Pequot Lakes, three city council members said when asked why an emotionally charged meeting didn't change their minds about proceeding with park plans.
A seemingly simple act of installing two billboards on Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes isn't as easy as some thought thanks to the federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965. What? President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act in October 1965 to limit billboards and other forms of outdoor advertising along America's interstate highways.
Passion and emotion. Those two feelings were running high Monday, April 23, when a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 170 people filled the Cole Memorial Building in Pequot Lakes to hear about the Trailside Park expansion project. The Pequot Lakes City Council hosted the meeting after learning many in the business community weren't aware of the park project. Indications Monday were that not all totally opposed the project, but they wanted the council to slow down and do further research on impacts. They appeared most concerned with closing a block of Patriot Avenue.
As a formality only, the Pequot Lakes City Council temporarily renamed Patriot Avenue (the former two-lane Highway 371 through town) as part of the process to become owner of the road. Called the "road turnback process," the former state highway must become a county road for the state to give the road to Crow Wing County. In turn, the county will turn the road back to the city.
About 30 people representing Pequot Lakes businesses filled the city council chambers to plead for signs on Highway 371 to direct motorists to downtown Pequot Lakes, some indicating business is down significantly in town.