The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Aug. 21, agreed to pay $95,000 to build a detached trail along part of County State Aid Highways 13 and 77 as part of Crow Wing County’s project to install left turn lanes onto Highway 371 at those intersections near Holiday/Wendy’s and Schaefer’s Foods.

The trail would be detached from the Highway 371 intersection going east on CSAH 13 until after the first curve at Lutheran Church of the Cross, and west on CSAH 77 until the Wendy’s entrance.

Continuing east on CSAH 13, the trail would merge with the shoulder and go along a widened shoulder to the city’s border with Lake Edward Township. The widened shoulder would be included in the county’s 2021 CSAH 13 improvement project.

The city should know sometime this fall if the county board adopts a new local cost sharing policy and what that impact would be for Nisswa’s cost for the CSAH 13 improvement project.

New park

The council will look into creating a city park on land along Camp Lincoln Road over the next six months by establishing a committee to develop a proposal to present to the park commission, city council and Crow Wing County Board.

This is in regard to six parcels totaling about 10 acres that are on the county’s tax forfeited list. The city has zoned the six parcels as public recreation.

The city could buy the six parcels from the county at the appraised value of $104,600 to use the land for any purpose; or the city could get the parcels for no cost if it uses the land for public use.

The county also may be open to conveying a 16-acre parcel just west of the six parcels to the city as well if they were included in the city’s future park proposal, City Administrator Jenny Max explained in a memo to the council.

The intent would be for this to be more of an undeveloped nature park.

Public safety

Both the police and fire chiefs said in their council reports that July was busy. Police made several arrests for DWIs and drug-related offenses.

Police had 294 calls for service in July. They issued 102 traffic warnings, 30 traffic citations and four criminal citations, made 21 arrests and had 26 agency assists and 15 alarms.

Firefighters had 54 calls in July: 41 emergency medical services calls, seven fire alarms, two vehicle accidents and one each stove fire, fish house fire, gas smell and tree on powerline.

In other business Aug. 21, the council:

  • Heard from the Nisswa American Legion finance officer, who said the Legion is petitioning the city to be able to place a sandwich sign north of the chamber of commerce building directing people to the Legion. City ordinance doesn’t allow the sign to be placed there. The council acknowledged all the Legion does for the community and directed the Legion to attend the 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, planning and zoning commission meeting with the concern.

  • Approved the final plat for Poplar Place, consisting of 28 single-family residential lots and an outlot served by a private road, public sewer system and individual water systems on 12.91 acres, with conditions. Russell Gibbons is the applicant/property owner.

  • Upheld the planning and zoning commission’s denial of a variance request from the Interlachen Homeowners Association to construct a 40-foot flagpole behind the entrance monument to Interlachen. City ordinance limits flagpole height to 25 feet.

  • Approved an ordinance amendment so the definition of accessory structures now includes guest cabins and guest quarters.

  • Approved an ordinance amendment regarding exterior finishes for commercial structures. The intent is to keep the “up north” feel in the community and to follow the comprehensive plan.

  • Agreed to enact a one-year moratorium on commercial storage units so the city can more thoroughly define them in its code. This will take effect next month after the city approves an ordinance that the city attorney will draft by then.

  • Accepted quotes from Anderson Brothers for 2019 road repairs totaling $96,205 for crack sealing, patching and overlay.

  • Agreed to have city engineer Widseth Smith Nolting draft a proposal for a lift station improvement project.