Should the city of Lake Shore abide by its roads standards policy or modify those standards to improve Portview Road West?

That’s a question the city’s roads committee will tackle after the city council on Monday, Oct. 28, listened to residents on that road who said they didn’t want the full project because of its scope and cost.

City engineer Dave Reese, with Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm, recommended the city adhere to its policy, citing safety and other reasons, or consider changing the roads standards policy as a whole.

Eight people attended a preliminary hearing regarding the proposed improvements to about 5,000 feet of Portview Road West, from County State Aid Highway 107 to Lake Shore’s boundary with Homebrook Township, where the road continues as a private road.

People who live on the gravel road had submitted a petition to the city council to have the road paved.

Reese gave a report on the feasibility study WSN did on the road, estimating the cost for proposed improvements at $264,000. According to the city’s assessment policy, landowners would be assessed 60%, or $158,400; the city would pay 40%, or $105,600.

The estimated assessment per equivalent lot, or 8.5 parcels, was $18,635. Estimated annual payments based on 10 years at 5% interest would be $2,413 per year.

Ray Rasinski, a member of the city's roads committee who lives on Portview Road West, spoke for most of the residents, saying no one was interested in the scope of the project. Rather, they preferred to simply pave the existing road for a lesser cost and hoped to reach a compromise with the council. These residents agreed to contribute $90,000 toward the project, he said, noting they wanted to maintain the overall scenic feel of the road.

Mark Nelson said he and his wife opposed any improvements that would raise their taxes.

This project would have a significant effect on the city’s 2020 budget. Had council members decided to proceed with the project, they would have had to decide whether to bond or pay for it from the street improvement fund. Using the street improvement fund would have meant that would be the only road project in 2020.

Public safety

Police reported 74 traffic-related incidents and 40 miscellaneous calls, for a total of 114 incidents in September. Traffic-related activity included 65 traffic warnings, five traffic citations and one motor vehicle crash with no injuries.

Miscellaneous calls included six suspicious activity, two disorderly conduct, two burglary complaints and one theft complaint. Lake Shore police assisted other agencies four times.

In other business Monday, the council:

  • Certified two delinquent sewer accounts to the city tax roll.

  • Agreed to have Sourcewell update the city’s zoning ordinances for a cost not to exceed $3,400.

  • Learned the city issued 13 building permits in September for a total valuation of $1,874,960. Permits included five dwellings, two residential additions, five accessory structures, four decks/porches/patios, five septic systems and three grading/shoreline alterations/steps.