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Lake Shore: City hall building decision tabled until June 26

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, May 22, tabled a decision on whether to build a new city hall or renovate the current building until June.

There was no discussion. Mayor Kevin Egan said he had expected extensive discussion Tuesday, but issues were raised that prompted him to ask that the council table any action until next month. In the meantime, the city's building committee will meet again.

When it met Tuesday, May 2, the building committee decided to recommend the city council build a new facility.

Taking care of trees

The council approved a timber sale proposed by Al Sharp, president of Sharp's Forestry Consulting, as part of a plan that addresses the severe tree blowdown areas in the city from last summer's storm.

The sale includes 13 acres of Fritz Loven Park, which is the most severe area of blowdown. The harvest of wind-thrown timber will lessen the risk of having an insect infestation and reduce the risk of a wildfire, Sharp wrote in his proposal.

"It's going to look significantly different," said police chief Steve Sundstrom.

Areas with heavy damage will be clear-cut. When possible, healthy, younger, more vibrant, undamaged trees will be favored as reserve trees.

"The goal of this is not to make money," said city administrator/planning and zoning administrator Teri Hastings, noting the goal is restoration of parkland.

Zorbaz music

The council discussed an annual request from Zorbaz on Gull to play outdoor music until 11 p.m. on certain dates through summer, which is beyond what the city's noise ordinance dictates.

After much discussion, which the council has every year, council members decided to allow the presence of bands from noon to 10:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend in the city.

However, the council agreed to review its noise ordinance in the next year, considering it from a holistic approach.

Lee Johnson, owner of Zorbaz, told the council a test shoot of fireworks is planned Saturday, May 27, with plans for a fireworks show Tuesday, July 4, in Lake Shore.

Sunday liquor sales

The city has four off-sale liquor licenses and agreed Monday to amend the city's liquor ordinance to allow for Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in accordance with state law, effective July 1.

Council member Krista Knudsen, who owns Cowboy's, abstained from voting.

Public safety

Police had 94 incidents from April 24-May 21, including 55 traffic-related incidents and 39 miscellaneous calls for service.

Police issued 40 traffic warnings and nine traffic citations. Miscellaneous calls included five suspicious activity, one burglary complaint and two theft complaints. Police issued four aquatic invasive species warnings and assisted other agencies three times.

Roads

The council discussed the need to keep up with road repairs.

It accepted a bid from Schrupp Excavating for additional Class V or Class I on some gravel roads at the city's discretion, with the exception of Bass Lake Road; and accepted a quote for crack sealing from Anderson Brothers for $58,448.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Learned the city received a certificate of commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for operation of the wastewater treatment facility. The Pine River Area Sanitary District, managed by Andy Schwartz, handles the city's wastewater operations.

• Approved the last two easements for Trail 77. The payments will be reimbursed from grants the city has received for the trail.

• Learned Sundstrom had a successful annual review and has been with the city for 20 years.

• Learned the city issued seven land-use permits in April for a total valuation of $10,750. Permits included one deck/porch/patio, five grading/shoreline alteration/steps and one commercial addition/landscaping/patio at Agate Lake Resort.

• Agreed to close city hall Monday, July 3. Employees will use a vacation day or accrued compensatory time.

Council member John Terwilliger was absent Monday.