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Lake Shore to look into raising deer limit within city

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 5:47pm

The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Sept. 23, agreed to look into allowing more deer to be taken within the city during the hunting season than the DNR allows.

The discussion arose after a resident asked about the possibility.

Public works supervisor Jim Thomes will contact other cities that have received permission to do so and the council will revisit the issue.

The deer population in the city is a problem, the council agreed. Police chief Steve Sundstrom said 40-50 vehicles hit deer in the city each year.

Also Monday, the council heard a concern via letter regarding a box located at Zorbaz for donations of clothing and shoes. The concern was that the box is from a for-profit company and is an eyesore.

The council agreed to monitor the issue, but saw no problem with it now.

Permits

The city issued three permits in August for a total valuation of $158,750. That compares to six permits issued in August 2012 for a total valuation of $225,450.

Permits issued this past August included one residential addition, two accessory structures and one deck.

To date this year, the city has issued 26 permits for a total valuation of $2,480,710. That compares to 32 permits issued by this time in 2012 with a total valuation of $1,179,950.

Public safety

Police reported 112 incidents from Aug. 26-Sept. 22, including 52 traffic-related and 60 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic incidents included 33 traffic warnings, 12 traffic citations, one DWI arrest and one DWI test refusal.

Miscellaneous calls included eight disturbance/disorderly, five underage alcohol consumption, four attempt to locate, one suspicious activity and one theft complaint.

Lake Shore police assisted Cass County four times, Nisswa police six times and other agencies twice.

In other action, the council:

• Agreed buy new sewer billing software that will allow customers to pay their bills online with a credit card. The software will replace outdated software.

• Accepted the resignation of Larry Anderson from the Park Committee and as an alternate to the Planning Commission. The Park Committee seeks two members, and the Planning Commission seeks alternates. Anyone interested can call city hall at 963-2148.

• Approved a resolution supporting the grant application to the DNR for the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program to construct 2.3 miles of paved trail for the Trail 77 system along County State Aid Highway 77. The first three grant submissions were turned down, which the city was told isn’t uncommon.

• Agreed to contribute about $800 for Trophic Status Index (TPI) mapping and overflight of the Gull Chain of Lakes, in conjunction with the Gull Chain of Lakes Association. Lake Shore’s share would go toward the smaller lakes within the city limits — Margaret, Upper Gull, Spider and half of Bass.

A&W Research will conduct the project.

Cass County Board

The Cass County Board selected WSB & Associates of Minneapolis to prepare preliminary designs for improvements to County State Aid Highway 77 on three miles through the city of Lake Shore. County highway staff will negotiate a price for the work.

Nancy Vogt can be reached at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook.

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