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Lake Shore: Committee takes up city hall needs

Lake Shore City Council members meet Monday, Feb. 25: Doug Miller (left), Krista Knudsen, Mayor Kevin Egan, John Terwilliger and Wayne Anderson. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Lake Shore residents voted down a proposal to use bonds to fund construction of a new city hall building, but the council still must figure out how to make needed improvements to the current facility.

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Feb. 25, learned that the city's building committee heard about minor improvements that are needed, including buying an air exchanger and a new door to the planning and zoning office because the current door won't close, and additional electrical outlets for the police department.

Also, the committee meeting minutes say, the electrical in the garage does not meet code, and city hall does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, which should be reviewed. The parking lot needs striping as well.

Quotes will be sought for an environmental study to resolve issues with radon and mold.

The committee discussed the failed bond referendum and the council that is divided on the issue.

Public safety

The council approved the 2019 Nisswa fire contract. Lake Shore's total contract amount is $78,721, which includes $4,879 for the Firemen's Relief Association. Lake Shore's share is 32.53 percent of the Nisswa Fire Department's total budget, based on the land and building values of each entity the department serves. Lake Shore's cost is $2,676 more than last year.

Nisswa pays 37.49 percent of the cost. Other entities include Lake Edward Township, 27.06 percent of the cost; Pelican Township, 2.21 percent; and Pequot Lakes, 0.72 percent.

The police report listed 107 incidents in the past month, including 78 traffic-related incidents and 29 miscellaneous calls. Police issued 62 traffic warnings and seven traffic citations and reported four motor vehicle crashes, three vehicles in the ditch and one snowmobile complaint.

Miscellaneous calls included seven alarms, two suspicious activity, one assault and one disturbance/disorderly. Lake Shore police assisted other agencies twice.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Held a public hearing regarding an application from TDS Telecom for a cable television franchise in the city to offer competitive video service. TDS currently provides telephone and broadband services.

In answer to one resident's question, a TDS representative said not all TDS customers would be able to receive the video service until broadband speeds increase.

The next step is for TDS to provide a draft franchise agreement.

The city has a broadband committee looking at service citywide - including ways to provide better broadband access in the city and to secure grants to finance any actions - because not all residents have good broadband for internet services.

• Approved an updated Cass County emergency operation plan.

• Agreed to hold the Board of Appeal and Equalization for residents to ask questions about their homes' market values at noon Monday, April 8, at city hall.

• Agreed to support a Local Road Improvement Program funding application for Jacobs Road work. The city and Loon Lake Township will work together to find potential funding to repair Jacobs Road.

• Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, at city hall regarding a petition request to vacate a portion of Esther Lane.

• Learned the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently completed a speed study of the portion of County State Aid Highway 77 from Zorbaz on Gull to the north county line and recommended no changes from the posted 55 mph.