Lake Shore: Public or private road? City can't help if road is private

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Jan. 28, addressed resident concerns regarding a gate erected last fall across part of Townline Road/21st Avenue, section 6.

Echo Journal file photo.

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Jan. 28, addressed resident concerns regarding a gate erected last fall across part of Townline Road/21st Avenue, section 6.

City Attorney Dan Hawley told Mitch Crocker and another resident that without a document that says it's a public road, it's not a public road. Cass County has a lot of private roads, he said, and there are a lot of easements in that area.

The council indicated it doesn't have jurisdiction over this road, but will look further and seek assistance from Cass County to help determine whether it is a public road.

Public safety

Police reported 158 incidents from Dec. 17-Jan.27, including 109 traffic-related incidents and 49 miscellaneous calls. Incidents included 86 traffic warnings, 11 traffic citations, eight suspicious activity, one theft complaint and one property damage complaint. Lake Shore police assisted other agencies four times.


In all of 2018, the Lake Shore Police Department had 1,636 incidents, which is a slight increase from 2017's 1,624 incidents. Police Chief Steve Sundstrom reported thefts and other property crimes continued to remain low. Police responded to 13 theft-related calls, 13 property damage reports, 41 medicals, 94 residential or business alarms, 62 disorderly or disturbance complaints, 10 assault complaints, 89 public assists and 43 public watch requests.

The department was awarded $3,850 from a drug-related cash forfeiture. There were no structure fires in Lake Shore.

The city had no fatalities or serious crashed on city roads. Police arrested 12 drivers for DWI, issued 142 traffic citations and warned 753 motorists for various offenses. Police responded to 27 vehicle crashes.

The department continued to participate with the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety and Cass County Sheriff's Office in Toward Zero Deaths. The department contracted with Zorbaz to provide an additional officer during summer weekends, and with the Gull Chain of Lakes Association to provide an officer at the Department of Natural Resources boat access through the boating season.
Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey reported the fire department that also serves Lake Shore received its new fire truck in December. Firefighters had 20 calls in December, including 15 emergency medical services calls, two car accidents and one each fire alarm, structure fire and brush pile fire.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Adopted the 2019 fee schedule, which includes some fee increases.

• Made the following annual appointments, among others: city attorney, Gammello & Pearson; city engineer, Widseth Smith Nolting; city auditor, Justin Clausen & Co.; official depositories, Frandsen Bank and Trust, BlackRidge Bank, First National Bank of Walker, First Bank Brainerd and Minnesota Municipal Money Market; and official newspaper, Echo Journal as primary and Brainerd Dispatch as secondary.

• Awarded the bid for the 2019 wastewater project to Tom's Backhoe Service, Inc. for $215,917 after Anderson Brothers, the low bidder at $187,264, withdrew its bid. Anderson Brothers' bid was about $28,000 lower than the next lowest of four total bids, so the city gave the company 24 hours to withdraw its bid if an error was made in preparing it.


• Learned the city issued 59 building permits in 2018 for a total valuation of $4,596,100. Permits issued included 10 dwellings, four relocate/guest dwellings, five residential additions, 30 accessory structures, 20 decks/porches/patios, 11 septic systems, nine grading/shoreline alteration/steps, and three commercial additions/landscaping/patios.

• Agreed to support a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Federal Recreational Trail Program for a $150,000 grant to help complete the city's remaining 1.3 miles of the Gull Lake Trail. There is a 25 percent match requirement, and the city has secured the matching funds.

• Agreed to start approving a cable franchise process for Arvig Telephone Co./TDS Telecom. That company is upgrading the existing telecommunications system in Lake Shore and is requesting a cable franchise to allow it to provide competitive video service to customers. The cable franchise would be in addition to any existing cable franchises the city may have with other providers. The city will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at city hall regarding this.

• Agreed to a Cass County request to authorize the sale of a .2-acre parcel of land off Ridge Road.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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