The Lake Shore City Council on Monday, Dec. 23, approved the preliminary 2014 tax levy and budget it adopted in September — $797,872 tax levy and $858,353 budget.
The levy is up 3.9 percent from the 2013 levy of $767,525. The 2013 budget was $826,247.
The council noted that the 2014 levy and budget are still lower than the 2010 and 2011 numbers.
The council also approved a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for employees.
The council agreed to donate $1,000 to the Cass County Economic Development Corp. and $300 to the Crisis Line and Referral Service.
The council authorized spending up to $2,755 for a shoreline restoration project at Fritz Loven Park.
The council learned of a plan to get rid of invasive grasses that are growing in a shoreline buffer planted in 2011 along Stony Brook in Fritz Loven Park.
The buffer also will be updated with pathways for better accessibility to the fishing pier and stream. The plan includes a split rail fence and additional plantings as well.
A proposed plan to hire Minnesota Native Landscapes would be done in cooperation with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, the DNR and Gull Chain of Lakes Association.
Lake Shore would pay $2,755 for the materials and a Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) crew, and has submitted a grant for Clean Water Legacy funds to the MCC to fund that crew for $1,400. Volunteers may be used to help lower the cost.
That grant submitted to the MCC includes using the crew to help with weeding and additional planting on the Sherwood Forest rain gardens.
And, DNR Fisheries is developing a plan to help with stream bank erosion and to create additional fish habitat near the fishing pier. This project will be tied in with the Stony Brook shoreline restoration work.
Police had 72 incidents from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22, including 35 traffic-related incidents and 37 miscellaneous calls.
Traffic incidents included three citations, 21 miscellaneous warnings, one driving complaint, three property damage crashes and seven vehicles in ditch.
Miscellaneous calls included three alarms; four medicals; seven public assists; four disturbance complaints; two each suspicious activity, assault complaints, domestic disputes and dog complaints; and one each fire complaint, missing person, deceased person, fraud complaint, compliance check, animal complaint, possession of drug paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana in motor vehicle.
Lake Shore police assisted Cass County three times.
Planning and zoning
The council appointed Eric Peterson as an alternate to the board of adjustment/planning and zoning.
The city issued two building permits in November for a total valuation of $498,000. That compares to five permits issued in November 2012 for a total valuation of $825,000.
November 2013 permits included three residential additions and one each dwelling, accessory structure, deck/porch/patio and septic system.
Through November 2013, the city issued 37 permits for a total valuation of $4,135,710. That compares to 50 permits issued through November 2012 for a total valuation of $3,284,970.