Though two bids for street improvements came in higher than engineering estimates, the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, March 25, awarded the low bid of $249,357 to Anderson Brothers Construction Co. of Brainerd.

The engineering estimate for construction costs was $208,777.

City engineer Dave Reese, of Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm, cited increased transportation and material costs for the higher than anticipated costs. He said all across the board prices are up from what estimates were based on.

Roads to be worked on are Bass Lake Road, Bass Lake Trail and Schaefer's Point Road. Stormwater improvements will be made to the Causeway on Gull Lift station, and bituminous gutters will be installed on various roads to reduce road washing issues.

Later in the meeting, the city approved a letter of support for legislation that would allow street improvement districts, which would help smaller cities fund road projects. The legislation would allow cities to collect fees from property owners within a district to fund city street maintenance.

Gull Lake Trail

The council approved a resolution supporting a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the Local Trail Connections Program to build 1.3 miles of paved Gull Lake Trail along County State Aid Highway 77. The city has the required $75,000 in matching funds for the project.

City Administrator Teri Hastings reported that the Cass County Board agreed to pledge $55,000 to help the city complete that remaining 1.3 miles of trail through the city.

Public safety

Police reported 92 incidents in the past month, including 64 traffic-related incidents and 28 miscellaneous calls. Police issued 53 traffic warnings and four traffic citations. Miscellaneous calls included two suspicious activity and two assault complaints. Police assisted other agencies four times.

The Nisswa Fire Department, which serves Lake Shore, reported 26 calls in February, including 17 emergency medical services calls, three fire alarms, three snowmobile accidents, two carbon monoxide calls and one vehicle fire.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Held a public hearing and then agreed to vacate a portion of Esther Lane to allow a home to be built on a lot.

• Approved the 2018 audit after a presentation by Chris Clasen of Justin Clasen & Company.

• Approved liquor and tobacco license renewals for area establishments.

• Approved a TDS franchise ordinance.

• Was reminded the Board of Review for residents to ask questions about their property market values will be at noon Monday, April 8, at city hall.

• Learned from Mayor Kevin Egan that the city's broadband committee continues to work to find legislative dollars to help fund broadband in places where it's lacking.

• Learned the city's wastewater treatment facility qualified for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's annual Wastewater Treatment Facility Operation Award.

• Heard from a resident during open forum who talked about pavement problems on the sound end of CSAH 77, which was redone in 2017.