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Lake Shore may offer controlled deer hunt next year

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The city of Lake Shore won’t have a special deer hunt this year to reduce the deer population, but may offer a controlled hunt next year.

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Jim Thomes, public works supervisor, told the city council Monday, Oct. 28, that he talked to someone from a northern Minnesota city that conducted such an intensive deer harvest. That city worked with the DNR to set up the hunt. Those who wanted to participate first had to take a class.

An intensive deer hunt permits a hunter to take up to five deer, including one buck.

Thomes said he would continue to get information about a controlled hunt.

The city has talked about this issue since last spring as it seeks ways to combat nuisance deer.

In other business Monday, the council will schedule a public hearing with Loon Lake Township for proposed improvements to 72nd Street to the east of Jacobs Road.

The council approved a feasibility study by Widseth, Smith, Nolting engineering firm.

Improvements include upgrading the existing roadway to city specifications, including bituminous surfacing.

Assessments for Lake Shore parcels are estimated at $1,900 per parcel.

Estimated cost of the total project is $100,580, which will be split with Loon Lake Township.

Public safety

Police reported 137 incidents from Sept. 23 to Oct. 27, including 78 traffic-related incidents and 59 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 45 traffic warnings, 21 traffic citations, one DWI arrest and one property damage crash.

Miscellaneous calls included 17 public assists, 10 alarms, four disturbance/disorderly, three theft complaints, one attempted burglary, and one suspicious activity.

Lake Shore police assisted Cass County five times and Nisswa police three times.

Permits

The city issued four building permits in September for a total valuation of $92,000. That compares to eight permits issued in September 2012 for a total valuation of $1,224,720.

Permits last month included one residential addition, two accessory structures, one deck/porch/patio and one septic system.

So far this year, the city has issued 30 permits for a total valuation of $2,572,710. That compares to 32 permits issued by this time last year for a total valuation of $2,404,670.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to donate $30 to Cass County 4-H.

• Approved a rezoning request from Lee Wangstad involving four vacant lots of Marsh Vista of approximately nine acres, adjacent to County State Aid Highway 77 and across from Birchwood Road and Fernmont Road, to build a welding shop. The property was rezoned from low density residential to neighborhood commercial.

• Approved a road approach policy pertaining to requests to install an approach off of a Lake Shore city street.

• Appointed Todd Peterson to the Park and Recreation Committee.

• Learned the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will install a groundwater monitoring well on city property. The MPCA is doing this across the state to monitor groundwater quality.

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