Emily City Council
Web posted September 19, 2017
(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Emily City Council held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 as provided by the City Clerk.)
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent
The Emily City Council discussed property owners who are not in compliance with the City’s ordinance regulating subsurface sewage treatment (SSTS) systems, or septic systems, when it met in regular session Tuesday, August 8. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and Councilmembers Dan Barrett, Gary Hanson, Bill Spiess and Jan Mosman. Also present was City Attorney Tom Pearson and City Clerk Christa Andrews.
Local governments are charged with enforcing SSTS rules through ordinances. Cities, counties, townships and sewer districts can issue permits designed for flows of up to 10,000 gallons per day.
City Attorney Pearson told the Council that there are two property owners in the city who have been in violation of the City’s SSTS ordinance for several years. He said this problem should not be addressed with with administrative citations. He recommended initiating civil proceedings against the violators. The Council directed Pearson to write a letter to the property owners who are in violation of the ordinance. If a court order is issued, violation of that order could be prosecuted and result in jail time.
Parking Lot Project
The Council voted to pave the City parking lot and two alleys at a cost of $85,465.02 estimated by engineering firm S.E.H. The Council also voted to solicit quotes for removing tree stumps and filling holes at the parking lot site.
In other business, the Council:
• Approved spending up to $1,500 on new police badges pending verification of available budgeted funds;
• Approved the purchase of a purge pump and tube at a cost of up to $600 and a Milwaukee right angle drill at a cost of up to $550 for the wastewater department;
• Approved adoption of the floodplain management ordinance and an application to have the City participate in the National Flood Insurance Program;
• Defeated a motion to approve installation of three-phase power at the fire well in the park using fire funds at a cost of $2,088 and asked for more information;
• Approved a resolution to approve a contribution from the Outing Chamber of Commerce for the Emily First Responders and
• Voted to solicit bidders for an estimated cost to build a new maintenance shop.
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