Lake Shore: city chooses not to try to regulate wake boats


The Gull Chain of Lakes Association has asked the City of Lake Shore to monitor wake boats on the lakes, but Mayor Kevin Egan said the city does not have that authority.

Rather, he believes authority lies with the state legislature, he said at the council meeting on Monday, February 24.

GCOLA had made a presentation to several municipal officials. After researching, the city learned that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Cass County would not enforce such a municipal ordinance, and the city does not have a marine unit to enforce it.

It’s a statewide problem, not a city problem, Egan said. Cities can regulate lakes, but is it good policy, he asked, noting that it would be a mess to have rules on one part of a lake and not on other parts in one? other jurisdictions, in addition to lack of enforcement.

Public security

Police reported 68 incidents in January, including 36 traffic incidents and 32 miscellaneous service calls. Traffic activity included 27 traffic warnings, two traffic citations and one arrest for DWI. The miscellaneous calls included two suspicious activities, a burglary complaint, an assault complaint and a snowmobile through the ice on Upper Gull.

The Nisswa Fire Department, which serves Lake Shore, reported 26 calls in January, including 18 emergency medical calls, two vehicle accidents and one fire in each house, one snowmobile accident and one vehicle accident .

Nisswa firefighters once provided mutual aid to Pequot Lakes.

In other Monday business, the board:

  • Adopted the 2019 audit after hearing a presentation from Chris Clasen, Justin Clasen & Co.

  • Resolutions approved to apply to MNR for a Local Trail Connection Program grant and a Regional Trail Program grant to build 1.3 miles of the paved Gull Lake Trail along State Aid Highway 77 County.

  • I have learned that the review board will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday April 13 at City Hall for residents to review their estimated market values ​​with the county appraiser.

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