Lake Shore Council passes vehicle sale ordinance
Residents of Lake Shore will face new restrictions on the sale of vehicles and equipment on private property.
The city council passed a new nuisance ordinance governing the display of "For Sale" items in response to several complaints about some properties in the city with near-constant displays. The ordinance allows a property owner to display a single vehicle, piece of machinery or piece of equipment for the purpose of selling for no more than a 30-day period and no more than three times per year.
The original draft presented by city administrator Teri Hastings included a provision restricting items from display unless they are owned by the owner of the property.
Council member Krista Knudsen suggested removing that restriction, noting that residents on back roads might want to ask a neighbor residing on a busier street to display an item for them. Knudsen agreed with the rest of the restrictions included in the ordinance.
The council voted to pass the ordinance while removing the more restrictive ownership requirements. Hastings noted the intent of the ordinance was "really to limit the amount of vehicles" residents have for sale on their property at a given time, also ensuring residential properties aren't operating like car lots.
Police Chief Steve Sundstrom presented the police department's monthly activity report to the council, but not before council members praised the department's response to the severe thunderstorm on Monday, July 21.
Council member John Poston noted that he and Sundstrom were in the middle of assessing storm damage when he received a call of an unresponsive 54-year-old male at Agate Lake Resort. The pair raced to the scene, arriving in what Poston said was three minutes, and Sundstrom immediately began using the automatic defibrillator.
Sundstrom said it too six shocks with the machine for the man to respond, after which he began using a LUCAS chest compression system, which automatically administers CPR, while waiting for the helicopter to arrive.
"It made me very, very proud of our chief, and very proud of the service we have in the city of Lake Shore," said Poston. "I've never seen it firsthand (before this), but they do an incredible job."
Sundstrom reported a total of 209 incidents between June 23 and July 27. Of these, 118 were traffic-related incidents, including three DWI arrests, one car versus deer crash and 30 traffic citations. The department also handled three disorderly conduct arrests, one assault arrest, six thefts, two burglaries and one vehicle theft.
In other business, the council:
• Selected a bid to replace the city hall building's roof, which Hastings said is leaking in several places. The council chose Herzog Roofing for the job, "knowing we'll probably have to replace insulation and add material," said Poston. Neither of these were included in the initial bid.
• Approved a $115 donation to the Cass County Sheriff's Office for National Child Safety Council-sponsored magazines and comics.
• Approved modifications to the plat for Lake Shore Village, which now includes garage units.
• Heard from Hastings that the 2013 population estimate for the city of Lake Shore is 1,026 people, an increase of 13 people over 2012. Lake Shore remains the largest city in Cass County.
• Received the June permit report from planning and zoning. Four permits were issued in June, bringing the total for the year to 15.
• Heard from Hastings that she has not yet received quotes on sidewalk replacement.
• Approved the hiring of a replacement maintenance employee without returning to the full council next month. Interviews were to be held on Wednesday, July 30.