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Lake Shore, Loon Lake Township residents favor 72nd Street improvements

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Ten people attended a joint city of Lake Shore-Loon Lake Township public hearing on Monday, Feb. 24, at Lake Shore City Hall to hear about proposed improvements to the east portion of 72nd Street off of Jacobs Road.

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Most spoke in favor of the project.

The road is partially in Lake Shore and partially in Loon Lake Township. Improvements include making the street a 20-foot paved road, except the road will remain 19 feet wide where there are culverts.

Estimated improvement cost is $100,580. According to an approved joint powers agreement, Lake Shore would pay 65 percent of the improvement costs ($65,377) and Loon Lake Township 30 percent ($35,203).

Lake Shore’s policy is to have a portion of its costs — 60 percent ($39,226) — assessed to residents on that road. The city would pay 40 percent ($26,150).

Future maintenance costs would be split 50-50 between the city and township.

At its regular meeting Monday, the Lake Shore council approved a resolution to prepare plans for the road improvements.

At the public hearing, construction of a cul-de-sac at the end of the road for a school bus turnaround arose. Officials were to meet later this week to discuss that option further. It would raise improvement costs.

Public safety

Police reported 88 incidents from Jan. 27-Feb. 23, including 51 traffic-related incidents and 37 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 37 traffic warnings and six traffic citations. Miscellaneous activity included eight alarms, four suspicious activity, six disturbance/disorderly complaints, three theft complaints and one recover stolen property.

Police assisted Nisswa police three times and Cass County deputies twice.

Land use permits

The city issued one permit in January for a total valuation of $453,400. The permit was for a dwelling, accessory structure, deck/porch/patio and septic system.

That compares to one permit issued in January 2013 for a total valuation of $85,000.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Approved a supplemental Common Interest Community Plat for Lake Shore Village Properties condominiums with conditions. The action was necessary for the association to build garage units that weren’t part of the original plat on association-owned land.

• Agreed to put three city-owned, 50-foot lots on Nottingham Road back on the tax rolls by selling them. The residential lots are not adjacent to city hall property and are not conducive as a site for a storage building for the city. The city will list the lots to sell them.

• Learned the Board of Equalization will meet at noon Thursday, April 10, at city hall to discuss any concerns from property owners concerning their property valuations.

Nancy Vogt can be reached at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @PEJ_Nancy.

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