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As a group of perplexed Nisswa Chamber representatives waited at a Pequot Lakes church, the person they planned to surprise - but couldn't find - was buzzing south on Highway 371 to Brainerd in her mini van. Lynn Fairbanks was supposed to be working her part-time shift at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14. That day's United Way Chili Cook-Off in Brainerd had already changed her schedule, and then she remembered her son, Justin, had Special Olympics bowling practice that afternoon.
The Nisswa City Council reconvened a budget meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7, and adopted a preliminary 2017 tax levy of $2,052,351, which is $58,045 (2.83 percent) more than the 2016 tax levy of $1,994,306. The council first met Aug. 24 to talk about the budget and levy, and then made changes that resulted in adding $66,200 to the proposed levy.
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The Nisswa City Council met Wednesday, Aug. 24, in a first meeting to talk about the 2017 budget and tax levy. Council member Fred Heidmann was absent. The proposed 2017 tax levy is $1,986,151.32, or $8,154.68 (.41 percent) lower than the 2016 tax levy of $1,994,306. Council members reviewed budgets for the Pickle Factory, Spirits of Nisswa, Park and Recreation Department and Nisswa Community Center, Planning and Zoning Department, Police Department, Public Works Department and City Clerk, council and mayor.
The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 22, accepted a donation of $4,500 from the Nisswa American Legion to buy body cameras for all officers and a computer system to handle data retention as required by state law. The council also adopted a body camera policy. In other public safety news, police reported 170 incidents from July 25-Aug. 21, including 97 traffic-related and 73 miscellaneous calls.
Readers likely will notice that today's edition of the Echo Journal looks a bit different than past issues. Like our sister newspaper, the Brainerd Dispatch, as well as other Forum Communications Co. newspapers, we've undergone a redesign that launches today for the Echo Journal. Most noticeable is the change in type style for our headlines and stories. Our hope is that readers find the styles pleasing to the eye and easier to read.
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 2, approved the 2016-17 police-school liaison officer agreement for $36,000. The agreement is effective from September 2016-May 2017 at $4,000 per month. The overall agreement is $6,000 more than last year. The council said next year's contract will likely include another slight increase to eventually reach a level where the officer's pay is covered.
After meeting in closed session Wednesday, Aug. 3, the Nisswa City Council agreed to have appraisals done on the existing Sportland Cafe property and Spirits of Nisswa property, according to draft meeting minutes. The meeting was closed for the council to develop or consider offers for purchase of property, pursuant to Minnesota statute. Property included the current Spirits of Nisswa location, Sportland Cafe property at the corner of County Road 13 and Highway 371, and 4844 County Road 77. The council discussed options and values on the listed properties.
Motorists will once again see the big saw taking down trees along the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project. Crews are further along in the highway design and identified another four acres of trees that need to be cleared. Those trees weren't cut earlier because crews were trying to save as many trees as possible along the project area, which stretches from Nisswa to Jenkins. Again, the trees will be recycled and resulting wood chips will be used on the project.
Pequot Lakes' Trailside Park may get a splash park and state flag display thanks to an anonymous donation of $250,000. The city's park commission recommended the city council accept the donation. The council was to vote on the matter Tuesday, Aug. 2, after this edition of the Echo Journal was printed.