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Band allowed to play in park until midnight July 3

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, April 2, agreed to allow a band to play until midnight July 3 at Trailside Park, near the chamber information building, as part of Stars & Stripes activities.

Jenna Crawford of the Pequot Lakes office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber asked for a variance in the city’s noise ordinance for Wednesday, July 3. The band will start playing at 9 p.m., pause for the fireworks at dusk, and then play until midnight.

The city’s nuisance ordinance regulates noise from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The area where the band would be playing is zoned mixed use and there are apartment buildings in the downtown area.

The council agreed to allow the band to play until midnight this year and monitor how it’s received. Residents in the area will be notified beforehand as well, the council agreed.

Public safety

In January-March, firefighters responded to 10 fire calls, including one good intent trash fire, one mutual aid structure, two good intent motor vehicle rollover, one motor vehicle with injuries, one kitchen range oven fire, one good intent gas leak, one furnace natural gas leak and two carbon monoxide detectors going off.

Calls included five to Pequot Lakes, three to the city of Jenkins, one to Pine River (Maple Township) and two to Breezy Point.

In other business April 2, the council:

• Heard an update from Dawn Bittner, zoning administrator, on the Wellhead Protection Plan. A public hearing will be held in May regarding proposed amendments. The council praised Bittner’s work on the plan, saying it’s been a model for others to use.

• Accepted the resignation of J.J. Levenske from the Planning Commission effective after the May meeting because he is moving out of state. The city will advertise for a replacement.

• Learned Pete Clement, maintenance worker, successfully completed his six-month probation period.

• Adopted an ordinance amendment regulating the keeping of dogs to give the city authority to require payment from the pet owner in the instance where Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) bills the city for boarding an animal because the owner refused to pick up and pay for it after the animal control officer brought it to HART.

• Appointed Renee Moodie to the Library Board through 2015.