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Upper County Road 77's name will not change

The Nisswa City Council decided not to change the name of upper County Road 77 to Interlachen Road at its regular meeting Wednesday night, July 17.

Grand View Lodge representatives had made this request because they said people were turning on lower County Road 77 just north of Baxter instead of the upper section in Nisswa and were complaining about taking the longer route around Gull Lake to get to the resort.

The council heard from Don McFarland, owner of the Nisswa Family Fun Center water slide site, who expressed his concerns about the cost of changing advertising and stationary if the name was changed. The council had received a letter from Melissa Chaney of Boats and Beyond Rentals expressing similar concerns.

“I just don’t see the reason that was given as a big enough reason to make the change,” said Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman.

Public safety

The council discussed the possibility of hiring a part-time employee to assist the police department with clerical work, particularly typing police statements, and possibly assist the city clerk and deputy clerk.

Police Chief Craig Taylor was instructed to present the council with the proposed job responsibilities, hours and pay of such a position as well as research the possibility of an outside service typing the statements.

Taylor presented the June police activity report that included 33 agency assists, 202 calls for service, six criminal citations, 21 traffic citations, two arrests, 11 medicals and seven alarms.

This was compared to 31 agency assists, 240 calls for service, four criminal citations, 25 traffic citations, three arrests, 13 medicals and 10 alarms in June 2012.

Taylor also presented the results of a speed study on Nashway Road on June 22, June 27 and July 1 with a display informing motorists of their speed, and on July 2 and July 3-5 without a display.

On June 22, 10.6 percent of motorists exceeded the posted speed limit of 35 mph; on June 26, 7.69 percent exceeded the speed limit; on July 1, 14.57 percent of vehicles exceeded the limit; on July 2, 17.99 percent exceeded the limit; and on July 3-5, 12.54 percent of vehicles were over the speed limit.

Taylor said that two of the vehicles recorded speeding on July 2 were emergency calls.

In other business, the council:

• Amended the conditions of plat approval for Alluring Pines Inc., following the recommendation of the planning commission to reduce the park dedication fee from $10,250.24 to $5,000.

• Amended an ordinance on the organization of the planning commission/board of adjustment to remove the alternate position from the planning commission/board of adjustment.

• Renewed the animal control services contract.

• Approved the Lake Shore Conservation Club raffle request at Grand View Lodge on March 23, 2014.

• Approved the Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary raffle request at the Nisswa American Legion on Sept. 21.

• Set the budget meeting dates for Aug. 19 at 4 p.m., Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 5 p.m., if necessary.