Lake Shore police to work with Zorbaz, Gull Chain of Lakes Association
Lake Shore police will work with Zorbaz on Gull and the Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA) for extra police presence this summer.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, May 20, adopted two service agreements for the police department: one with Zorbaz where that establishment will reimburse the city for police presence Friday and Saturday nights through summer, and one with GCOLA where that association will reimburse the city for police presence at the DNR public access through summer, specifically to provide general security and enforce state laws regarding the illegal transfer of aquatic invasive species.
Police chief Steve Sundstrom said he has part-time officers who can take on these duties at Zorbaz and the public access. The agreements won’t cost the city any money, because Zorbaz and GCOLA will reimburse the city for the part-time officers’ time.
The council also agreed to raise part-time officers’ wages from $14 to $15 per hour. Sundstrom said these officers haven’t had a raise in years and area cities pay more than $14 per hour to their part-time officers.
In other public safety business, the council accepted a resolution to conduct background checks for new employees and adopted an ordinance amending the city code as it relates to background checks for liquor license applicants. Both of these are required by state statute.
From April 22 to May 19, police recorded 161 incidents, including 116 traffic-related incidents and 45 miscellaneous calls.
Traffic incidents included 27 traffic citations, 81 traffic warnings, two parking complaints, four car vs. deer crashes and one property damage crash.
Miscellaneous calls included five suspicious activity, five alarms, two theft complaints, two disorderly/disturbance, two burning complaints, three medicals, and one each fire complaint, attempt to locate, trespassing complaint, obstruction of legal process, fifth-degree controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, boating complaint and harassment complaint.
Police assisted Cass County deputies four times and Nisswa police six times.
The city issued six land-use permits in April for a total valuation of $610,800. That compares to one permit issued in April 2012 for a total valuation of $110,000.
April 2013 permits included two dwellings, two residential additions, three accessory structures, one deck/porch/patio, one septic system and one commercial addition/landscaping/patio.
The city has issued nine permits to date this year for a total valuation of $958,300. That compares to 11 permits issued by this time in 2012 for a total valuation of $716,000.
In other business Monday, the council:
• Hired Roger Smeby for the zoning inspector position at a rate of $15 per hour.
• Appointed Kevin Egan to the Environmental Committee.
• Appointed Terry Frovik to the Park Committee.
• Learned the Park and Recreation Committee now will meet the third Monday of the month. The committee plans to walk through the park and make lists of what needs to be done.
• Agreed to contribute toward Bass Lake Road maintenance. The road is in Nisswa and Lake Shore, and last week the Nisswa City Council agreed to contribute up to $2,500 toward Bass Lake Road maintenance.
• Public works supervisor Jim Thomes and the council thanked the Northern Stars 4-H group for raking the city’s cemetery, TurfCare for donating fertilizing services at city hall and Russell Hegstrom Tree Service for donating time and equipment to remove a stump in front of city hall.