Lake Shore: Robinhood Way improvements addressed

Resident says road wasn't built to specifications


The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Aug. 23, listened to concerns about a road that was improved this summer, ultimately approving payment for the work done and assessments for the city and benefiting property owners.

Joe Re, who lives on Robinhood Way, said the road wasn’t built to specifications and he worries a serious accident will occur.

City Engineer Dave Reese, with Widseth engineering firm, said Re is right, and the road tapers from 24 feet to 18 feet at a corner, sooner than where the city may have liked. But Anderson Brothers did the work according to specifications and design, Reese said.

Reese said after meeting with Anderson Brothers, they agreed to add recycled asphalt pavement at that corner. This will address the safety concern, though it might not be as aesthetically pleasing as desired.

Re expressed his dismay that the work wasn’t done correctly, he said, and he worries the asphalt will wash away.


“All in all I think the road project went pretty well,” Reese said.

The council agreed to pay Anderson Brothers $143,753 for work on Robinhood Way.

The council also approved assessments for the project. The city will pay $101,000 and benefited property owners will be assessed $101,000. The interest rate for the assessment is 3%, which is much lower than was estimated.

Public safety

The council accepted a $500 donation from the Nisswa American Legion to repair the city radar sign.

Police reported 220 incidents in July, including 115 traffic-related incidents and 105 miscellaneous calls. Traffic activity included 81 traffic warnings, 24 traffic citations and one DWI arrest.

Miscellaneous activity included six suspicious activity, six disorderly conduct, seven disturbance complaints, one property damage complaint, one boating accident and 32 aquatic invasive species warnings.

Lake Shore police assisted other agencies 10 times.

In other business Monday, the council:


  • Approved a resolution recognizing National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Oct. 15, at Mayor Krista Knudsen’s request. Knudsen said this is an issue she holds near and dear to her heart.

  • Appointed Pam Poston as an alternate to the planning commission.

  • Approved the updated preliminary capital improvement plan, outlining roads likely to be improved next year - Upper Roy Lake Road, Springside Drive and Christy Drive, as well as an overlay of Niemi Circle - and to chip seal roads most recently paved.

  • Agreed to pay Widseth engineering firm an estimated $5,000 for professional services for trail easement assistance for the last phase of the Gull Lake Trail.

  • Learned City Administrator/Planning and Zoning Administrator Teri Hastings, City Clerk/Treasurer Patti McDonald and Police Officer Mike Heldt had successful reviews.

  • Learned the city issued seven permits in July for a total valuation of $275,250.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

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.

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