Lake Shore's preliminary levy up 3.5 percent from 2013
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 26, adopted its preliminary levy and budget for 2014.
The preliminary levy is $797,872, which is up about 3.5 percent from the 2013 levy of $767,525. The preliminary budget is $858,353, which compares to the 2013 budget of $826,247.
Mayor John Terwilliger noted that the proposed levy and budget are still lower than the 2010 and 2011 numbers.
The budget includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for employees. The capital outlay portion of the budget includes increases for repairs at city hall, such as sidewalks, parking lot and staining the building.
Projected sewer equipment costs increased from $1,500 to $5,000. The sewer equipment fund currently has a balance of $14,260, but a new control panel is needed for the Bar Harbor lift station for an estimated $17,000.
The city’s fire contract also increased, by approximately $9,000. The Nisswa Fire Department increased its budget by 3 percent after assuming first responder duties. Lake Shore previously budgeted $1,500 for the Nisswa/Lake Shore First Responders, and that will be absorbed into the increase for the fire department.
Proposed road projects and estimated costs for 2014 include: Diana Drive (overlay), $61,000; Doyle Parkway (drainage), $30,000; Jacobs Road (patching), $45,000; Robinhood Way (calcium chloride and gravel), $10,000; 72nd Street (pave, a joint project with Loon Lake Township and an assessed project), $69,000; and calcium chloride for gravel roads, $7,900.
Also, the Environmental Committee is looking into the possibility of spraying for mosquitoes. Quoted costs include $11,000 for 20 miles of road and $18,000 for 40 miles of road, May-September.
These costs are not included in the budget.
The preliminary budget and levy will be finalized Dec. 23. The numbers can be decreased, but not increased, before then. The council will hold its annual truth in taxation hearing for the public to comment on the proposed levy and budget at its regular meeting Dec. 23.
Police reported 208 incidents from July 22-Aug. 25, including 120 traffic-related incidents and 88 miscellaneous calls.
Traffic incidents included 78 traffic warnings, 30 traffic citations, three traffic arrests and three motorist assists.
Miscellaneous calls included 18 disorderly/disturbance, 13 residential/business alarms, six suspicious activity, five dog complaints, three trespassing complaints, two theft complaints, one assault complaint, one damage to property and one aquatic species violation.
Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police seven times, Cass County deputies four times and other agencies twice.
The city issued six permits in July for a total valuation of $703,880. That compares to five permits issued in July 2012 for a total valuation of $63,000.
July permits included two dwellings, five accessory structures, five decks/porches/patios and three septic systems.
To date this year, the city has issued 23 permits for a total valuation of $2,321,960. That compares to 26 permits issued by this time last year for a total valuation of $954,500.
In other business Monday:
• Heard from Shawn Hansen, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce executive director, who said Nisswa and Lake Shore share a ZIP code so she wanted to start a dialogue with the city of Lake Shore.
Hansen talked about the road projects in Nisswa and what they will eventually do for tourism, including the pedestrian tunnel that eventually will connect downtown Nisswa to a park and a trail system.
She noted that the chamber frequently refers visitors to Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore.
• Heard from council member John Poston that a committee formed to look into noise complaints against Zorbaz has agreed the council can drop this issue because after many checks, the noise is not a nuisance and meets city ordinance.