Lake Shore Council Approves 2022 Fire Contract – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

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At its meeting on Monday, March 28, Lake Shore City Council approved its 2022 contract with the City of Nisswa Fire Services.

The total contract amount for the city is $80,169, with an additional $4,753 dedicated to the Firemen’s Relief Association. Contract amounts are based on the value of land and buildings for each entity served by the Nisswa Fire Department.

Lake Shore’s share is 31.69% of the fire department’s budget, which is an increase from 30.81% in 2021.

City Administrator Teri Hastings was also told the Nisswa Fire Department will be looking to increase its sinking fund in 2023 from $55,000 per year to $149,383 per year.

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen next year, but I’m concerned about the big increase they’re asking for for the sinking fund,” Hastings told the board. “It would have a significant impact on our budget.”

In other actions, the council:

  • Unanimously adopted its 2020 audit results of Clasen & Schiessl CPAs Ltd.
  • Liquor license renewals for Bar Harbor, Cowboy’s, Zorbaz, Agate Lake Resort and Lost Lake Lodge. Mayor Krista Knudsen abstained from voting.
  • Agreed to revise City’s personnel policy with assistance from Gamello-Pearson of Baxter at a rate of $130 per hour, $2,500 “cost not to exceed” guarantee.
  • Agreed to donate $750 to the Lakes Region Food Platter. During the month of March, donations to the food department are doubled.

In February, the Lake Shore Police Department responded to 77 incidents, including a hit-and-run accident, a theft complaint and a drug-related incident.

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