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Lake Shore to budget more for fire protection in 2014

The Lake Shore City Council agreed to contract with the Nisswa Fire Department for 2013 for $57,006, which includes the cost of the Firemen’s Relief Association ($4,863).

The city budgeted $57,000 in 2013 for fire services.

The council learned that the fire department is now carrying out First Responder duties after the Nisswa-Lake Shore First Responders dissolved. This means Lake Shore will have to increase its fire services budget by at least $7,500 in 2014.


Police recorded 120 incidents from Jan. 28 to Feb. 24, including 80 traffic-related incidents and 40 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 49 traffic warnings, 15 traffic citations, three property damage crashes and two DWI arrests.

Miscellaneous calls included eight alarms, five public assists, three suspicious activity, two thefts, one burglary, one possession of stolen property, one trespassing complaint, one snowmobile injury accident, two snowmobile complaints and one ATV complaint.

Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police four times, Pequot Lakes police once and Cass County deputies once.

Land use permits

The city issued one permit in January for a total valuation of $85,000. That compares to two permits issued in January 2012 for a total valuation of $59,500.

January permits included one dwelling and one septic system.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Agreed to vacate a portion of Cumberland Way between Robinhood Way and Little John Road after no concerns were voiced at a public hearing. Marc and Beth Swiontkowski propose to build a garage in the area that is vacated.

• Set the board of review to hear concerns about property market values at noon Thursday, April 11, at city hall.

• Agreed to donate $150 to the Nisswa Elementary School PTO’s eighth annual Bloom Fool’s Auction benefit. The council will donate the same amount to both the Pequot Lakes and Pillager school districts, if requested. The city also agreed to donate $100 to the Cass County Fair and $150 to the Cass County Historical Society and Museum.

• Appointed Roger Smeby as an alternate to the Planning Commission.

• Learned the city signs have been refurbished and will go back up soon.