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Burglary, property crimes remain low in Lake Shore

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Police chief Steve Sundstrom told the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Jan. 28, that burglary and property crimes continued to remain low in 2012, and the city had no fatalities or serious injuries on city roads.

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Lake Shore police recorded 1,672 incidents in 2012, which is a slight decrease from 2011’s 1,747 incidents. Activity in 2012 included 94 alarms, 89 disorderly and disturbance type complaints and 115 public assists.

There were no structure fires and three vehicle fires.

Police arrested nine drivers for DWI and issued 217 traffic citations. Officers responded to 38 vehicle crashes and 45 medicals, issued 95 speed citations and warned 260 speeders.

The department issued 15 citations for underage alcohol consumption, and made a combined total of 23 arrests for various offenses.

The department participated with Cass County in Toward Zero Deaths enforcement throughout 2012.

Sundstrom said property crimes remain low and that’s what the department strives for.

The number of incidents for police has remained constant since 2006: 1,101 in 2004; 1,185 in 2005; 1,453 in 2006; 1,498 in 2007; 1,469 in 2008; 1,453 in 2009; and 1,538 in 2010.

Sundstrom told the council the Nisswa-Lake Shore First Responders dissolved and the Nisswa Fire Department took over those duties. He said this has worked well and firefighters have showed up on the scene of accidents.

From Dec. 17-Jan. 27, police reported 50 traffic-related incidents and 52 miscellaneous calls.

Building permits

In 2012, the city issued 50 building permits for a total valuation of $3,284,970.

That compares to 47 permits issued in 2011, for a total valuation of $4,920,760.

Permits issued in 2012 included seven dwellings, five residential additions, 21 accessory structures, 26 decks/porches/patios, six septic systems, six commercial additions/landscaping/patios, and one sign.

The city didn’t issue any permits in December 2012. That compared to one permit issued in December 2011 for a total valuation of $225,000.

In other business Monday, Jan. 28, the council:

• Swore in mayor John Terwilliger and council members John Poston and Krista Knudsen, who were elected in November.

• Made the following annual appointments: council member Doug Miller, acting mayor; Gammello & Qualley, city attorney; Widseth Smith & Nolting, city engineer; Mathias C. Justin, city auditor; Frandsen Bank and Trust, BlackRidge Bank, Lakes State Bank, First Bank Brainerd and Minnesota Municipal Money Market, official depositories; Lake Country Echo as primary official newspaper and Brainerd Dispatch as secondary official newspaper.

• Appointed Tom Diemert as a Planning Commission member and appointed Larry Anderson as an alternate.

• Announced that it seeks a zoning inspector. Anyone interested should call city hall at 963-2148.

• Adopted fees for the city for 2013. All remained unchanged from last year.

• Learned council members Susan Amacher, Poston and Knudsen attended a Leadership Conference for Experienced and Newly Elected Officials at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa earlier this month.

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