The Lake Shore City Council heard year-end police statistics at its Monday, Jan. 27, meeting.

According to unapproved draft meeting minutes, Police Chief Steve Sundstrom’s year-end report showed a total of 1,709 incidents in 2019. That is a slight increase from 2018, when police reported 1,636 incidents.

Thefts and other property crimes continued to remain low last year, Sundstrom reported. The department responded to three burglary complaints, 11 theft related calls, nine reports of property damage, 50 medicals, 87 residential or business alarms, 53 disorderly and disturbance complaints, 10 assault complaints, 97 public assists and 50 property watch requests.

The department arrested eight drivers for DWI, issued 134 traffic citations and responded to 29 vehicle crashes. There were no fatalities and one serious injury from an ATV crash.

The department made a total of 28 arrests for various offenses. There were no structure fires in Lake Shore in 2019.

The department continued its participation with the Office of Traffic Safety and Cass County in Toward Zero Deaths enforcement. The department contracted with Zorbaz to provide an additional officer stationed at Zorbaz during the summer weekends, and with the Gull Chain of Lakes Association to provide an officer at the Department of Natural Resources boat access. Officers at the access worked 363 hours, inspecting 2,147 boats and trailers.

In December, police reported 114 incidents, including 84 traffic-related incidents and 30 miscellaneous department activity.

Council member Doug Miller was absent Jan. 27.

In other business Jan. 27, the council:

  • Learned from Mayor Kevin Egan that the final steps for the visioning session are complete and Linda Holliday, Impact Minnesota, is scheduled for a consultation with city council members Tuesday, Feb. 18.

  • Made the following annual appointments, along with committee appointments: John Terwilliger, acting mayor; Gammello & Pearson, city attorney; Widseth Smith Nolting, city engineer; Justin Clausen & Company, city auditor; Frandsen Bank and Trust, BlackRidge Bank, First National Bank of Walker, American National Bank and Minnesota Municipal Money Market, official depositories; and Pineandlakes Echo Journal as primary and Brainerd Dispatch as secondary official newspapers.

  • Appointed six election judges for the Minnesota presidential primary Tuesday, March 3.

  • Adopted the 2020 fee schedule with one added fee - $25 for fireworks displays - and adopted the schedule for civil fines for administrative offenses.

  • Learned 2019 year-end land use permits included 18 dwellings, one relocate/guest dwellings, nine residential additions, 32 accessory structures, 31 decks/porches/patios, 16 septic systems, 13 grading/shoreline alteration/steps; no new commercial; two commercial additions/landscaping/patios and no signs for a total of 72 zoning permits for a valuation of $9,295,620.

  • Learned the snow removal budget will be up this year and complaints have been increasing as the snow increases.

  • Accepted a revised feasibility report and set a public hearing for Port View Road West for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

  • Learned the city continues to apply for grants for Trail 77. Lake Shore and Nisswa did not receive any funding for the 2019 Legacy Grant to continue to build the Gull Lake Trail, but will work together for this grant again this year.

  • Learned the city continues to work to improve broadband access in the city.

  • Heard from resident Bob Grussendorf, who asked questions about the city’s emergency medical response,compensation and health insurance.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.