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Alternates appointed to Lake Shore committees

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The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Nov. 25, made the following appointments: Robert Eliason, alternate to the Environmental Committee; and Earl North and Pat Hastings, alternates to the Planning Commission.

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North will become a full-time Planning Commission member in January.

Planning and zoning

The council learned the Environmental Committee recommended not spraying for mosquitoes in the city.

That committee also recommended not to move forward with TSI Mapping overflight of the lakes in Lake Shore, an undertaking the Gull Chain of Lakes Association is considering. TSI Mapping measures chlorophyll, phosphorous and secchi disc readings to map problem areas of lakes.

Permit summary

The city issued five permits in October for a total valuation of $1,065,000. That compares to five permits issued in October 2012 for a total valuation of $55,000.

October permits included three dwellings, two accessory structures, three decks/porches/patios and three septic systems.

Through October, the city had issued 35 permits for a total valuation of $3,637,710. That compares to 45 permits issued by this time in 2012 for a total valuation of $2,459,670.

The higher valuation for fewer permits issued was attributed to more homes being built this year.

Police report

Police reported 85 incidents from Oct. 28-Nov. 24, including 45 traffic-related incidents and 40 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 29 traffic warnings, eight traffic citations and two property damage crashes.

Miscellaneous activity included nine public assists, three suspicious activity, two theft complaints, two trespassing complaints and one each disturbance/disorderly, damage to property, burglary complaint, receiving stolen property and underage alcohol consumption.

Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police two times and Cass County deputies once.

The council agreed to buy a new computer for the department for $1,549.

In other business Nov. 25, the council:

• Approved a contract with the Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Brainerd. Rates haven’t increased since 2002, and while the annual administrative fee stayed the same at about $1,500, the daily boarding rate increased from $14 to $16 per day.

• Agreed to close city hall Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 24 and 31. City hall also was closed Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

• Agreed to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, a half hour early, for a short holiday gathering. The city’s truth in taxation meeting to address any public concerns with the proposed budget and levy will be held that night.

• Agreed to have the Planning Commission look into selling three 50- by 250-foot vacant lots on Nottingham Road, earmarking the proceeds for repairs and updates at city hall. City hall work needed includes front sidewalk and hand rail replacement, painting and staining exterior of building, replacing concrete around overhead doors, replacing carpet where needed, replacing the water heater, and installing an air exchange system.

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