Budgeting for snow removal is far from precise, and that’s precisely because no one can predict the weather. Area cities budget differently for snow removal. For example, Lake Shore budgets $35,000 per year for snow removal, which includes sand and salt supplies, as well as a contract for plowing services. At the end of 2012, the city had $22,000 left in the snow removal budget. 2013 was a different story. A snowy spring resulted in the city being over budget by $5,500, and that number climbed another $12,000 after a snowy December.
Nisswa police chief Craig Taylor said by phone Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, that the Nisswa City Council offered him a one-year severance in exchange for his resignation, confirming that he was the employee being discussed at a closed council meeting Aug. 14. Taylor said he denied the offer and expected to be terminated at a scheduled council meeting Wednesday morning, Aug. 21. Go to pineandlakes.com for more information about that meeting, which occurred after the Lake Country Echo was published.
Pequot Lakes High School students were determined to show lakes area taxpayers that they appreciate the improvements being made to their school, so the participated in a Day of Caring on Thursday, May 9. From Baxter to Pine River and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake, residents saw students hard at work, whether it was raking, painting, cleaning or building. “It’s nice to help the community, to volunteer,” said Alyse Brockway, a ninth-grader who was clearing brush from a garden at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes.