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Pequot Lakes city department heads are preparing their 2015 budgets and will meet with the city council Tuesday, Aug. 19, to go over the first proposals. The council agreed Tuesday, Aug. 5, to ask department heads to prepare budgets that reflect a 3 percent increase over this year's budgets, and to prioritize items in case the council allows a higher increase. Council member Dave Sjoblad believes the city is falling behind in upkeep of infrastructure and streets, saying those budgets get hacked each year. "I think we're getting behind. We were catching up for a long a time.
Breezy Point City Council members still hope a fishing boardwalk is built this year, but decided Monday, Aug. 4, not to approve the project just yet because they want more information. After much discussion, the council agreed to require the city's Parks Committee meet with Nisswa Dock and Copper Creek Landscaping to further explore those companies' $46,412 quote for the project.
Nearly two years after learning that Sibley and Mayo lakes in the Pequot Lakes area were impaired, residents heard study results Monday, Aug. 4, as lake stewards continue work toward improving the lakes' health. The two lakes are on the state's list of impaired waters because of high phosphorus levels. Lake stewards have been reviewing existing data to determine where pollution is coming from, and will develop a plan to reduce that pollution.
The Nisswa City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, to decide on a strategy for recycling in the city. Nisswa Sanitation pulled its recycling containers from behind the Nisswa Fire Department on July 1, so the city no longer has a recycling service. The council learned at its July 16 meeting that its Public Works Committee had met with area waste haulers to discuss options to re-establish recycling in Nisswa, whether that be a curbside program or centrally located bins like before, as well as the costs.
At the request of citizen Joe Lanz, the Nisswa City Council shared information at its Wednesday, July 16, meeting regarding damage to rampway walls at the pedestrian tunnel. City attorney Don Anderson said a significant rainstorm occurred, which caused a couple of walls leading down to the tunnel to fail, as well as sediment to wash down into the tunnel.
The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, July 16, accepted the resignation of Paula Anderson, longtime park director, with regret effective Aug. 1. Anderson is retiring after nearly 20 years with the city. Council member Gary Johnson suggested the council take time to rehire for the position, saying this is an opportunity to re-examine the position. He said no changes may be necessary, but the council should study the position to ensure that. "Are there other things to pull into the position? I don't know, but we have the opportunity to re-examine the role now.
Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor told the city council Wednesday, July 16, that the Freedom Day Parade route needs to be longer to ensure the safety of the thousands who line Main Street to watch the parade. "We don't have the resources to handle the parade crowd and make sure it is as safe as it can be," Taylor said. "In the future, the council needs to be involved in strategies and solutions to determine how to make it more safe and enjoyable." The parade, held at 7 p.m.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, July 1, approved the school resource officer contract with Pequot Lakes Schools for 2014-15. Police officer Chad Nangle will return as school resource officer. In other business, the council: • Approved streetlight light and arm designs for North Washington Avenue as part of the street improvement project. The council had asked people to go to the city website to vote on designs. It received several votes.
After sharing strong and diverse opinions regarding digital signs in the city, the Pequot Lakes City Council decided Tuesday, July 1, to send the controversial issue back to the planning and zoning commission for a maximum of two months. The commission is being advised to research digital signs that would be black only, but changeable via computer from indoors. The council does not want to allow bright, flashing, colorful digital signs in the city.
Nisswa will receive two new signs directing motorists to downtown after extensive road construction last year altered the entrances to the city. The city council on Wednesday, June 18, approved requests for two signs with an arrow pointing toward downtown — one located at the roundabout just east of the stoplight at Highway 371 and County Road 18, and the other on County Road 18 before Lakers Lane. Cost is $250 per sign, with the chamber and city paying for one each. The decorative "Nisswa Welcomes You" sign that formerly was at the city's entrance at Main Street and Highway 371 befor