Lake Shore is working to get broadband service to all parts of the city.
Mayor Kevin Egan reported at the Monday, March 26, city council meeting that a newly established city broadband committee has met twice. He said the Blandin Foundation will pay for a consultant who represents small communities trying to get broadband.
After further talks, the city will invite area internet providers to talk about their plans for the area.
Egan said the discussion was interesting and useful, and there is a lot to learn about an evolving strategy to get broadband service to all Lake Shore neighborhoods.
Gull Lake Trail
The council agreed to work with the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation on a Field of Interest Fund for people to donate money toward the city's multi-purpose trail that's being built. The city is interested in an Acorn Fund, which can be established with smaller contributions and builds over time to a minimum of $20,000 before paying out grants.
The council also agreed to pay $6,900 to Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for engineering services for 1.3 miles of the Gull Lake Trail project, from the County State Aid Highways 78/77 intersection in Lake Shore to the Nisswa city limits on CSAH 77.
The trail will connect four communities around Gull Lake - Nisswa, Lake Shore, Fairview Township and East Gull Lake. Lake Shore and Nisswa are coordinating potential funding applications for trail work.
The council approved the 2018 fire contract with the Nisswa Fire Department for $72,399, which includes the cost of the Firemen's Relief Association. Lake Shore's share is 32.29 percent of the total cost of the NIsswa Fire Department budget.
That figure is based on the land and building values of each entity the Nisswa Fire Department serves. Those entities are Lake Shore, Lake Edward Township, Pelican Township and Pequot Lakes.
Lake Shore police had 94 incidents from Feb. 26-March 25, including 65 traffic-related incidents and 29 miscellaneous calls. Traffic incidents included 47 warnings, 10 citations and two DWI arrests. Miscellaneous calls included six residential/business alarms and one each suspicious activity, property damage complaint and assault complaint. Lake Shore police assisted other agencies three times.
In other business Monday, the council:
• Approved 2018 liquor license renewals for Bar Harbor Supper Club, Cowboy's, Zorbaz, Sherwood Forest Lodge and Lost Lake Lodge.
• Learned the city issued no land use permits in February. The city has issued two permits so far this year for a total valuation of $22,600.
• Approved a request from Zorbaz for live music dates from June through Labor Day, allowing the establishment to exceed a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency noise decibel limit on those approved days. Outdoor live music (bands and DJs) cannot start before 11 a.m. and must be done by 10 p.m. on the requested dates.
The council plans to meet in April to talk about noise issues to establish a process regarding live music and outdoor music requests. The city has fielded complaints about loud music at Zorbaz in the past.
• Was reminded the board of review for citizens to ask questions about their property market values will be at noon Monday, April 9, at city hall.