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Faced with needed sewer improvements, the Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 25, amended the city's fund balance policy to require 40 percent rather than 45 percent of city money be in an undesignated reserve fund. Amending the policy frees up $50,000 to put toward necessary sewer repairs. City administrator Teri Hastings said the state recommends cities have between 35 percent and 50 percent of city funds in reserve. "I feel comfortable with that amount.
The city of Nisswa is trying to figure out why a significant amount of wastewater has been entering the sewer system over the past couple of years. The issue is fairly urgent because Grand View Lodge plans a significant development that will require more sewer hookups. The council learned of the issue at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting. The city engineer and public works director are taking the first steps to try to narrow down the cause. "Wastewater flows have seen a high increase over the last two years and that trend is accelerating this year.
After a lengthy discussion and citizen input, the Nisswa City Council agreed Wednesday, Aug. 20, to allow Brainerd lakes area nonprofit organizations to use the Nisswa Community Center for events for free. While the normal fee will be waived, those groups will be responsible for leaving a $500 security deposit and cleaning the community center after using it. The issue arose after the Brainerd Jaycees and Nisswa Chamber of Commerce raised questions. The Brainerd Jaycees use the community center for the annual Run for the Lakes Marathon in April and have donated money to the city to use it.
Molly Raske was born to be an educator, and she is excited for her first year as Nisswa Elementary School principal. Raske grew up in Cold Spring, where her dad was a middle school counselor and her mother a high school math teacher at ROCORI schools. "One could say that I know what it is like to spend your weekends and evenings at school eating supper as your parents 'finished up,' which I now know our job is never, ever done," Raske wrote in a narrative about herself that she shared with Nisswa School staff. While in high school she taught Dads Make a Difference to middle school students
Not every Kinship Partners match is between one adult and one child. Sometimes it's a family affair. And, sometimes a partnership benefits the child's parent just as much as the child. Such is the case for the Reisdorf family of Nisswa and their Kinship Partner, Chloe Hensley, and her mom, Jamie Osborn of Brainerd. This partnership began nearly six years ago, when Chloe, now 11, was just 5 and lived in Pequot Lakes.
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.