- Member for
- 5 years 1 month
As Nisswa looks to expand its sewer system, the council said at a Wednesday, Sept. 6, meeting that the overall goal is for the treatment plant expansion to be self-funded and not subsidized by general fund tax levy dollars. City engineer Mark Hallan, with Widseth Smith Nolting, said the facilities plan his engineering firm is doing for the city will help identify the needs for the wastewater treatment plant and potential costs, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.
The council met Wednesday, Sept. 6, for a second discussion of the proposed budget and levy, where council members learned draft numbers showed a preliminary tax levy amount of $1,875,000, or 7.42 percent higher than this year's levy, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes. --- --- --- --- --- The Nisswa City Council was to adopt its preliminary budget and tax levy for 2018 at its Wednesday, Sept. 20, regular meeting, after this edition of the Echo Journal went to press. Visit pineandlakes.com for updated information. --- --- --- --- ---
Pequot Lakes City Administrator Nancy Malecha presented revised preliminary budgets and tax levies for 2018 at the Tuesday, Sept. 5, city council meeting, which the council adopted, knowing the tax levy can be lowered, but not raised, before final adoption in December. The general revenue tax levy is proposed at $1,677,050, or $95,227 more than this year for a 6.02 percent increase. That number includes an additional cost for health insurance premiums, which is partly why the proposed tax levy increase is higher than what was proposed at a special meeting last month.
Nisswa could have an updated comprehensive plan adopted by the end of this year or early 2018. Members of a comprehensive plan steering committee, planning and zoning commission and two city council members met Monday, Sept. 11, to discuss the final draft of the comprehensive plan document.
The Pequot Lakes City Council learned Tuesday, Sept. 5, that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will meet the proposed April 2018 date to turn over 6 miles of roads to the city, and a $4.6 million payment for those roads by July 1, 2018. "MnDOT's going to try as hard as we can to meet that deadline," Kelvin Howieson, of MnDOT, told the council. The city will take over the roads as part of the Highway 371 expansion project, including Patriot Avenue, or the former two-lane Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes.
The Nisswa City Council met Wednesday, Aug. 30, to look over an initial draft of the 2018 budget. The council went through each department's budget and asked questions or sought clarification on various line items. Mayor Fred Heidmann was absent. The preliminary budget totals $2,657,968, which is $114,683 more than this year's budget, or 4.51 percent higher.
Lake Shore residents haven't given up hope that Minnesota Power will bury power lines along County State Aid Highway 77. The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 28, adopted a resolution of support to encourage the power company to bury power lines as part of the CSAH 77 improvement project that's underway. The project includes relocating some overhead power poles. There have been numerous power outages over the past several years, so many want the power lines that need to be relocated to be buried.
Facing a future wastewater system expansion and looking for a way to pay for street improvements, the city of Nisswa plans to approach both of those tasks with help from the public. The city seeks five members from the public to sit on a newly formed public works commission. "They don't need any expertise, but they need an interest in streets and sewer," said Tom Blomer, the city's public works director.
Dennis Tack, president of the Lake Hubert Association, asked the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Aug. 16, for help regarding area seaplane companies operating on the lake. The lake association wanted the council to consider sending a letter requesting the businesses cease using the lake as a practice zone for landings and takeoffs, according to information given to the council. This has been a concern for the lake association for the past two years.
A 94-year-old Brainerd woman's $35,000 donation to Nisswa will kickstart development at Nisswa Lake Park with the construction of trails and other amenities, such as picnic tables, benches and barbecue pits. The city and the Friends of Nisswa Lake Park accepted Mildred Gjertson's donation Friday, Aug. 18. The Friends of Nisswa Lake Park is a fundraising group for the park being built on city-owned land on the west side of the Highway 371 tunnel on Nisswa Lake.