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Lake Shore to research possibility of controlled deer hunt

Some enjoy the deer that wander through their yards; others think deer are a nuisance.

Speaking as liaison of the Environmental Committee, Lake Shore City Council member Doug Miller asked Monday, March 25, about the possibility of having a controlled deer hunt in the city.

“Some people have complained about the number of deer,” Miller said.

City administrator Teri Hastings said the city gets some deer complaint calls at city hall.

According to material provided to the council, the DNR manages deer and other animal populations on state lands, but leaves it up to cities to control hunting and manage populations within their own boundaries.

“It is a problem in the city,” said city council member John Poston, who advocated the city talk to Gary Drotts, DNR wildlife supervisor in Brainerd.

The council agreed to talk about this more with Drotts at a publicized meeting so the public can attend if interested.

Public safety

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will host a Community Outreach Day from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Lake Shore City Hall.

Residents are asked to come and visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the sheriff’s office and learn about initiatives within the sheriff’s office.

Applications for a permit to carry a firearm or purchase a firearm, alarm permit applications and event permit applications will be available.

There is a Take It To the Box prescription drug disposal box permanently located at Lake Shore City Hall. And staff can help people sign up for the sheriff’s office’s instant emergency notification program called Nixle.

Lake Shore Police Chief Steve Sundstrom and members of the Lake Shore Police Department will also be available to answer questions.

In other public safety business Monday, the council agreed to sell a DWI forfeited 1996 Toyota Tacoma to Anthony Berndt, who submitted the highest bid at $3,250. The city received nine sealed bids.

Funds received will be used for police equipment.

Police reported 115 incidents from Feb. 25 to March 24, including 77 traffic-related incidents and 38 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 52 traffic warnings, 19 traffic citations and three vehicles in the ditch.

Miscellaneous calls included six alarms, six medicals, six suspicious activity, two disorderly/disturbance, two fraud/theft complaints, two lost property, one warrant arrest and one snowmobile injury crash.

Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police four times and Cass County once.

Environmental/land use

Environmental Committee member Elaine Leach resigned from that committee. She began serving as an alternate to that committee in 2006. The city will accept applications for that committee opening.

The council agreed to advertise for a zoning inspector after Dave Loch resigned earlier this year. While it’s helpful if the applicant is familiar with Lake Shore and planning and zoning regulations, it’s not required that the person live in the city. Poston will fill the contract position temporarily.

The city issued one land use permit in February for a total valuation of $250,000. The permit was for a commercial addition/landscaping/patio. That compares to three permits issued in February 2012 for a total valuation of $293,500.

The city has issued two permits so far this year for a total valuation of $335,000. That compares to five permits issued by this time in 2012 for a total valuation of $353,000.

In other business March 25:

• The council renewed 2013 liquor licenses for Bar Harbor Supper Club, Lost Lake Lodge, Cowboy’s, Zorbaz and Sherwood Forest Tavern.

• City engineer Dave Reese of Widseth Smith Nolting advised the city to be prepared for spring flooding on roadways.

• The board of review will be held at noon Thursday, April 11, at Lake Shore City Hall.