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Lake Shore Council approves 2022 fire contract

Lake Shore City Council

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Lake Shore City Hall. PineandLakes Echo Journal file photo.

In its Monday, March 28, meeting, the Lake Shore City Council approved its 2022 contract with the city of Nisswa fire services.

The total contract amount for the city is $80,169, with an additional $4,753 dedicated for the Firemen’s Relief Association. Contract amounts are based on land and building values of each entity served by the Nisswa Fire Department.

Lake Shore’s share is 31.69% of the fire department budget, which is an increase from 30.81% in 2021.

City Administrator Teri Hastings was also informed that the Nisswa Fire Department will seek to increase its sinking fund in 2023 from $55,000 annually to $149,383 annually.

“I’m not sure of what is to come next year, but I am concerned about the large increase they are requesting for the sinking fund,” Hastings told the board. “That would have a significant impact on our budget.”

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In other action, the council:

  • Unanimously adopted its 2020 audit results from Clasen & Schiessl CPAs Ltd.
  • Renewed liquor licenses for Bar Harbor, Cowboy’s, Zorbaz, Agate Lake Resort and Lost Lake Lodge. Mayor Krista Knudsen abstained from voting.
  • Agreed to revise the city’s personnel policy with the help of Gamello-Pearson of Baxter at a rate of $130 per hour, a “cost not to exceed” guarantee of $2,500.
  • Agreed to donate $750 donation to the Lakes Area Food Shelf. During the month of March, donations to the food shelf are doubled.

In February, the Lake Shore Police Department responded to 77 incidents, including one hit-and-run crash, one theft complaint and one drug-related incident.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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