Lake Shore Could Lose Three Retiring Employees in Next Years – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal


LAKE SHORE — Lake Shore’s employee severance account could “take a significant hit” over the next few years if three longtime employees leave, the board learned at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 28.

Mayor Krista Knudsen said the city’s staff committee discussed the financial impact on the city when three-quarters of city staff retire in the next few years. City Clerk Patti McDonald and Police Chief Steve Sundstrom could retire in 2023, and City Administrator/Planning and Zoning Administrator Teri Hastings could follow a few years later, the mayor said.

“The city has a well-funded employee severance account that will take a hit but is adequately funded,” the minutes of the Feb. 17 staff committee meeting said.

Knudsen stressed during the staff committee meeting that it will be important for the board to continue to fund the account in the future.

“It was also discussed that the likelihood of three long-time employees leaving in such close proximity to each other is quite low and unlikely to occur in the future, but the city should be prepared,” the lawsuit states. minutes of the meeting.

Knudsen also told council that the city’s personnel policy had not been updated in 30 years and that an updated policy could address changes in hiring practices, family leave and management. vacation and sick leave.

Council members John Terwilliger and Henry Cote were absent Monday.

The board has approved a preliminary pad for Spider Ridge on Lost Lake Road, east of the new Causeway multiplex units and north of the Anderson Brothers gravel pit.

The Applicant’s plan is to develop the 35-acre property on Spider Lake, a natural lake, with nine single-family residential units with recreational facilities. Spider Ridge Cottages will be a planned unit/common interest development community.

Hastings said Lake Shore’s ordinance is more restrictive than Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requirements. This is based on the city’s overall plan, which calls for retaining the city’s rural character and low-density development.

According to DNR requirements, the property could have 23 units, she said.

Police had 64 incidents in January, including 32 traffic-related calls and 32 miscellaneous calls.

Police issued 24 traffic warnings and two tickets. Miscellaneous activity included five suspicious activity calls, a burglary complaint, a real estate dispute and a disorderly conduct call. Lake Shore Police have assisted other agencies on three occasions.

In other matters Monday, the three-person counsel:

  • The enclosure and the polling stations were restored after the redistricting. Voters will continue to cast ballots at City Hall.
  • I learned that the city issued two permits in January for a total value of $5,000.
  • Accepted to order material to repair a sanitary sewer lift station.
  • I learned that the city engineer and the roads committee had talked about improving the alignment of a curve on the west side of a sanitary sewer lift station on Upper Roy Lake Road which could increase significantly project costs.
  • Authorized the Engineer to solicit tenders for road projects including work on Upper Roy Lake Road, Springside Drive, Christy Drive and Niemi Circle.
  • I have learned that the Appeals and Equalization Board will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 11 for residents to review their estimated market values ​​with the Cass County Assessor’s office.
  • I learned from Sundstrom that a lot of people would like a golf cart ordinance in Lake Shore like the Nisswa ordinance. Council will discuss this.

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