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Lake Shore: Public hearing set July 23 for city hall building, road projects

Lake Shore resident Ron Faust (center), shown with City Administrator Teri Hastings and Mayor Kevin Egan, was congratulated for his work on shoreline restoration at Bar Harbor, Sherwood Forest and many homes, which helped the city’s environmental committee win a Lake Friendly Award from Brainerd lakes area environmental organizations. The city received a custom framed nature print, courtesy of Nisswa artists Jerry Raedeke and John Bonde. Submitted Photo

The proposed new city hall building, the trail along County State Aid Highway 77 and future road projects all dominated discussion at the Monday, June 25, Lake Shore City Council meeting.

Wanting to share information and get citizen feedback on the proposed new city hall building, the council agreed to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, for that purpose.

There is a building design to share. The council is looking to issue general obligation capital improvement plan bonds to pay for the estimated $1.45 million project, as well as to adopt a capital improvement plan for 2018-22.

If the city hall project moves forward, the council agreed costs incurred so far relating to architectural work would be reimbursed with bond proceeds.

The July 23 public hearing will also address a city proposal to issue general obligation street reconstruction bonds to pay for upcoming road improvements and to adopt a street reconstruction plan.

The total monetary amount of bonds to be issued hasn't been determined.

Mayor Kevin Egan said a goal is to break ground for the new city hall by October. He said timing is critical because interest rates are creeping up, and prices are expected to increase for labor and material next year; the quicker bonds can be issued, the lower the repayments.

However, Egan said the council wants to hear from residents regarding the proposed project.

The council also agreed to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23, to consider vacating a portion of Pebble Beach Road after receiving a petition with that request from a majority of property owners.

And the council ordered plan preparation for Pohl Road improvements and approved a proposal for engineering services from Widseth Smith Nolting for Pohl Road improvements for an estimated $20,000. The council held a public hearing Monday regarding Pohl Road improvements where many residents spoke.

Trail 77

The city has contracted with Widseth Smith Nolting for preliminary designs for the last phase of the trail along CSAH 77 in Lake Shore, which will be presented to the Park and Recreation Committee in July. The committee is working to fundraise for the last mile of trail and needs matching dollars to apply for Legacy Amendment funds and DNR grants.

The city has a Field of Interest Fund, and urges residents to contribute to that fund.

Fairview Township also is fundraising and has received grants for its portion of the Gull Lake trail that will link to trails in both East Gull Lake and Lake Shore. Nisswa also is working on its connection that will take the trail from Lake Shore to the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa.

Public safety

Police reported 230 incidents from May 21-June 24, including 165 traffic-related incidents and 65 miscellaneous calls. Traffic incidents included 110 warnings, 27 citations and two DWI arrests. Miscellaneous calls included three assault complaints; two each suspicious activity, property damage and aquatic invasive species violations; and one each fraud complaint and theft complaint.

Lake Shore police assisted other agencies six times.

The Nisswa Fire Department, which contracts with Lake Shore for fire coverage, reported 34 calls in April.

In other business, the council:

• Appointed six election judges.

• Learned Lake Shore's population in 2017 was estimated at 1,062 with a household estimate of 481, according to the state demographer's office. That compares to a 2016 population estimate of 1,050.

• Learned the city issued 11 land-use permits in April for a total valuation of $625,000. Permits included two dwellings and six accessory structures.