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Lake Shore faces sewer improvements

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Faced with needed sewer improvements, the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 25, amended the city's fund balance policy to require 40 percent rather than 45 percent of city money be in an undesignated reserve fund.

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Amending the policy frees up $50,000 to put toward necessary sewer repairs.

City administrator Teri Hastings said the state recommends cities have between 35 percent and 50 percent of city funds in reserve.

"I feel comfortable with that amount. We would still have over $400,000 that is undesignated," Hastings said.

The council then transferred $56,000 from the general fund to the sewer fund to make some repairs.

"That's just a drop in the bucket of anticipated expenditures for the sewer," Hastings said, noting the council will have to increase sewer funds in the 2015 budget to keep up with needed repairs.

Problem areas include two lift stations, which both need new control panels at a cost of $36,000 to $40,000 each, as well as pumps. Plus the concrete at one of the lift stations is deteriorating.

Roads

The council approved a resolution declaring costs for improvements to 72nd Street east off of Jacob's Road at $71,963. The council originally thought costs would be closer to $100,000.

A joint project with Loon Lake Township, the city's portion is $46,776 (65 percent) and Loon Lake Township's cost is $25,187 (35 percent). According to Lake Shore's assessment policy, the city will pay $18,710 (40 percent of its share), and will assess $28,065 (60 percent) over the next five years to Lake Shore residents who live on or have access to 72nd Street.

A public hearing regarding the assessments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.

In other street project action, the council agreed to pursue improvements to Nottingham Road (adding crushed rock) not to exceed $2,500, and to proceed with the Robinhood Way project, not to exceed $5,000. The city will push more expensive improvements to Lincoln Green and Pohl Road to 2016.

Public safety

Police reported 176 incidents from July 28 to Aug. 24, including 95 traffic-related incidents and 81 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 70 warnings, 21 citations and one property damage crash. Miscellaneous calls included 14 medicals, 13 disturbance complaints, 10 residential/business alarms, nine public assists, four aquatic invasive species violations/citations, three assault complaints, two damage to property, two obstructing legal process (arrest), one trespassing complaint, one underage alcohol consumption and one possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lake Shore police assisted Cass County twice and Nisswa once.

Land use permits

The city issued seven permits in July for a total valuation of $556,500. That compares to six permits issued in July 2013 for a total valuation of $703,880. Permits this past July included one residential addition, three accessory structures, one septic system, one grading/shoreline alteration, one new commercial building and one camping.

So far this year the city has issued 22 permits for a total valuation of $2,174,580. That compares to 23 permits issued by this time last year at a total valuation of $2,321,960.

In other action Monday, the council:

• Hired Robert Heidelberger as a part-time maintenance worker.

• Approved a Verizon lease agreement for a tower at city hall for five years at $7,200 per year. The Planning Commission had approved a conditional use permit for the tower with a flag pole/flag design.

• Approved a bid from Stoneybrook Landscaping for $11,685 to repair the Olin property on Wienzel Point Road, after some discussion. At issue was whether the city created the problem of water pooling on the property. Mayor John Terwilliger cast the sole no vote.

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