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Abuse at the Nisswa recycling area likely will result in security cameras being installed there, the Nisswa City Council learned Wednesday, Oct. 15. "People are starting to abuse the recycling center again already, contaminating the metal bin with plastics ..." said Tom Blomer, city public works director. He said Waste Partners of Pine River, which took over the city's recycling program in August, wants to install security cameras and will pay for most of that cost.
The city of Nisswa has a new planning and zoning administrator after hiring Justin Burslie on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Burslie, who has worked for the past five years as a planner with Community Growth Institute based in Brainerd, will start Nov. 3 at $45,000 per year, with that salary going up $1,000 after a six-month probation period. Burslie is originally from Cloquet, where he graduated from high school in 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geography with an emphasis on community and urban development in 2007 from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
After being restored and reopened to the public in 2012, the Pequot Lakes fire tower possibly will again become a fire detection site staffed by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester. "My hope is for next year sometime to have it ready to go, as far as fire detection," said Curt Cogan, DNR Area Forestry supervisor in Backus. Cogan, a self-professed fire tower buff, is a former Pequot Lakes area forester who used the fire tower as a detection site and saw the benefit in that.
Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016, won the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Business Excellence Award on Monday, Oct. 20. The other two finalist businesses honored at the chamber's annual dinner at Breezy Point Resort were MaxBotix south of Brainerd, which manufactures ultrasonic sensors for industry, and Sound Connection in Baxter, which specializes in vehicle enhancement. This is the third year the Business Excellence Award has been issued.
A playground, a park and a garden in Pequot Lakes will sport signs naming those areas after those who helped make them realities, the Pequot Lakes City Council learned Tuesday, Oct. 7. The city received a $75,000 donation from Tom and Nancy Adams and family to buy playground equipment for the north section of Trailside Park in the center of town.
Thanks to a funding boost of $45 million, the Highway 371 expansion to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins will begin two years earlier than planned - in 2016 rather than 2018. This news may surprise residents, who have become used to hearing over the years that the project will be delayed. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday, Oct. 7, that construction on 13 transportation projects across the state will be accelerated thanks to new investments in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, as well as Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) cost savings.
The Nisswa City Council agreed Monday, Oct. 6, to look into expanding the city's sewer system. The council wants to determine several expansion options, costs and how to pay those costs. Council member Gregg Sellner was absent. The Monday meeting was scheduled for council and planning and zoning commission members to talk together about the city's wastewater system needs. However, only Ann Beavers attended from the planning commission, along with interim planning and zoning administrator Tim Moore.
The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 17, agreed to pay $9,000 toward improvements made to the rock wall leading to the pedestrian tunnel after part of that wall collapsed...
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Sept. 22, approved a 2015 preliminary general fund tax levy of $780,081, which is lower than the 2014 levy of $797,872. The council...
The Nisswa City Council on Thursday, Sept. 11, approved a 2015 preliminary general fund tax levy of $1,965,784, or 1.84 percent more than this year's levy. The vote was 3-0. Mayor Brian Lehman and council member Joe Meyer were absent. Council member Gary Johnson led the meeting. At a Sept. 4 budget meeting, the mayor and two council members present talked about: • Cashing out a $15,000 abatement bond payment and removing $10,000 from the roads budget to lower the levy. • Ensuring an additional $100 per month per employee was added for higher health insurance costs, which totaled $15,600.