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Zorbaz to have extra police patrol

The city hired Brennan Olson as a part-time police officer to help provide extra patrol at Zorbaz on Gull, at the establishment's request, Friday and Saturday nights, the Lake Shore City Council learned Monday night.

Zorbaz will reimburse the city for the officer's wages. Police reported 213 incidents from June 25-July 22, including 112 traffic-related incidents and 101 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 68 traffic warnings, 33 traffic citations, two property damage crashes, one DWI arrest and one motorcycle injury crash.

Miscellaneous activity included 26 disturbance complaints, 10 suspicious activity, five theft complaints, four damage to property, four probation violations, three drug-related incidents, two theft complaints, two disorderly conduct, two trespassing complaints, two boating complaints and one assault complaint.

Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police eight times, Cass County deputies seven times and Crow Wing County deputies once.

Land use permits

The city issued five permits in June for a total valuation of $171,500. That compares to nine permits issued in June 2011 for a total valuation of $848,720.

June permits included one residential addition, two accessory structures, two decks/porches/patios and one commercial addition/landscaping/patio.

So far this year, the city has issued 21 permits for a total valuation of $891,500. That compares to 24 permits issued by this time last year for a total valuation of $1,893,400.

In other business Monday, the council:

  • Agreed to hire Mathias C. Justin, LTD, as city auditor for 2012-14 at $7,100 in 2012 and $7,900 in both 2013 and 2014. City clerk Patti McDonald checked with area cities and said their auditing costs also increased.
  • Learned the city's population estimate as of April 1, 2011, was 1,005. The city's household estimate is 451.
  • Awarded Schrupp Excavating's bid of $33,750 for a Class 1 gravel project on 72nd Street and Portview Road.
  • Learned the city is looking into the possibility of lowering the speed limit on Jacob's Road.
  • Learned police officer Mike Heldt had a successful review.
  • Was reminded that the next public meeting regarding a proposed trail through the city will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.
Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.