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Lake Shore awards road improvement work for $188,476

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The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, March 24, awarded the bid for 2014 road improvements to DeChantal Excavating for $188,476, the lowest of four bids received.

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Roads scheduled for improvements are 72nd Street east off of Jacobs Road, a joint project with Loon Lake Township, as well as Dina Drive, Doyle Parkway and Jacobs Road.

The council had asked for alternate bids for additional paving at the end of 72nd street for a turnaround, which totaled $2,155 from DeChantal, but the council won’t pursue that portion of work.

Public safety

The council approved a fire contract with the Nisswa Fire Department. Lake Shore’s total contract amount for 2014 is $65,495, which includes the cost of the Firemen’s Relief Association.

Last year’s cost for Lake Shore was about $56,900. The council noted the contract increases 3 percent each year.

Lake Shore’s share is 32.64 percent of the total cost of the Nisswa Fire Department’s budget. That figure is based on the land and building values of each entity the fire department serves.

Lake Shore police reported 80 incidents from Feb. 24 to March 24, including 52 traffic-related and 28 miscellaneous incidents.

Traffic activity included 32 traffic warnings, four speed citations, four driving after withdrawal, four seat belt citations, three no proof of insurance and three vehicles in ditch.

Miscellaneous calls included six public assists, five medicals, four alarms, two disturbance, two warrant arrests, one possession of drug paraphernalia and one possession of small amount of marijuana.

Lake Shore police assisted Cass County deputies three times, Nisswa police twice and State Patrol once.

Permits

The city issued one land-use permit in February for a total valuation of $458,000. That compares to one permit issued in February 2013 for a total valuation of $250,000.

The February permit included one dwelling, two residential additions, one accessory structure and one septic system.

Year-to-date valuation totals $911,400 with two permits issued. That compares to a valuation of $335,000 by this time in 2013 with two permits issued.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Adopted the 2013 audit after a presentation from Judi Moravec of Mathias C. Justin certified public accountants. The city is in good financial position.

• Approved 2014 liquor license renewals for Bar Harbor Supper Club, Lost Lake Lodge, Cowboy’s and Zorbaz, and tobacco license renewal for Bar Harbor and Zorbaz. Council member Krista Knudsen, owner of Cowboy’s, recused herself from the vote.

• Donated $150 to the Nisswa School PTO for its ninth Bloom Fool’s Auction Benefit for the school, and the same amount to both the Pillager and Pequot Lakes school districts.

• Approved a location near the intersection of Gullwood Road and Timber Lane for ambient well access for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

• Appointed Kevin Egan as an alternate to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Appointed Betsy Egan to the Park and Recreation Committee.

• Was reminded the Board of Review will be at noon Thursday, April 10, at city hall regarding property market values.

• Was reminded the city’s annual Easter egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Fritz Loven Park.

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

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