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Pequot Lakes: City approves street projects for $93,781

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, May 5, approved the following street work along with the quote from Anderson Brothers for $93,781: o Complete reconstruction of Pequot Boulevard between West Grove and West Sibley streets, along with two ...

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, May 5, approved the following street work along with the quote from Anderson Brothers for $93,781:

• Complete reconstruction of Pequot Boulevard between West Grove and West Sibley streets, along with two parking areas on the west side of Sibley Lake Park.

• Bituminous overlay of Brown Street from South Oak Street to Honeysuckle Street.

• Bituminous overlay of West Grove Street from Highway 371 west to Sibley Lake Park.

Bituminous overlay of the entire block of South Heath Street.

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• Bituminous overlay of North Heath Street from Brown Street to West Sibley Street.

The council also authorized city engineer Widseth Smith Nolting to draft a proposal to upgrade Pequot Boulevard from West Lake Street to Ramsey Street.

Fireworks

The council agreed the annual July 3 Stars & Stripes Days fireworks is a worthwhile cause, and agreed to donate $2,500 to the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce's fund.

The fireworks cost $6,500, and the chamber has committed to funding $2,500 through sponsorship. The rest must be raised through donations.

The council agreed the fireworks were a benefit to residents.

In other business May 5, the council:

• Accepted the 2014 audit after a presentation by Mary Reedy of CliftonLarsonAllen. Reedy reported one material weakness in preparation of financial statements, and one significant deficiency in segregation of duties. Otherwise, the city is in good financial standing.

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• Granted a special event permit to the Central Lakes Rotary Club to hold a bike-a-thon June 20 that will start and end at Trailside Park. Proceeds go to Rotary clean water projects that are mostly international.

• Approved a membership agreement with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples, which allows the city to be eligible for rebate dollars on goods and services available through the NJPA cooperative purchasing contract.

• Approved an easement review services proposal from city engineer Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) for $2,500 for WSN to help city staff review existing utility easements relating to location of and purpose of easements, and assuring the easements are recorded.

• Amended an ordinance to exclude public use in the light industrial zone. The council also amended an ordinance to reduce the minimum buildable lot area and remove the maximum accessory structure size in the transition residential zoning classification.

• Acknowledged Tim Crist's resignation from the fire department after 20 years.

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 nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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