Emily City Council leases Fire Truck for $34,664
Web posted October 9, 2018
The Emily City Council approved a $34,664.96 lease payment for a fire truck when it met in regular session on Tuesday, September 11. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and Council members Gerhart Hanson, Jan Mosman, and Bill Spiess. Also present was Cari Johnson, City Clerk and Treasurer, and Pam Roden, Deputy Clerk. The lease payment was made to Santander Leasing.
Fran Barrett discussed concerns regarding the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) installation of bollard posts on the State Highway 6 and County Road 1 intersection on the west side of the Emily Meats parking area and the Log Cabin flooding issues after the State Highway 6 reconstruction project. There is a concern the posts will prohibit customers from exiting Emily Meats’ small parking area. Barrett requested the City work with MnDOT to not install the posts. Vehicles have been exiting the Emily Meats’ parking area using the pedestrian crosswalk ramps, which is not allowed for safety of pedestrians and vehicles in the intersection. Customers may use the City’s public parking lot directly across State Highway 6 from the business, which includes parking for vehicles with trailers. The Log Cabin is working with MnDOT and a contractor for solutions to the flooding issue.
Kathy Hachey, GoNorthMN, and Whitney Ridlon, IRRRB, attended the meeting to discuss the proposed IRRRB grant for downtown improvements now that the City’s public parking lot has been paved.
Kenny Roden stated a concern regarding ATVs and side by sides running on sidewalks.
First Responder Chief LeAnn Werner reported 11 calls. Training completed this month was on radios and practice on a first responder rig driving and backing. The Emily First Responders are participating in a CRMC active shooter drill at the Crosby-Ironton High School. The Emily First Responders are next on the list to receive a refurbished LUCAS 2 thanks to donations of $4,000 from the Outing Chamber of Commerce and $2,000 from Crow Wing Power Community Trust.
Police Chief Herold reported that additional patrols are needed for ATV use. The Road Committee plans to discuss installation of signage at the meeting with the ATV Club next week. The City is working on installing signs and painting curbs to identify no parking zones. The proposed Police Chief Employment Agreement was presented in conjunction with 2019 budget discussions. The proposal includes an increase in the Police Chief’s salary from $950.40 to $1,092.00 per week for compliance with pay equity between the Police Chief and City Clerk positions. The Council approved the agreement effective January 1, 2019.
Whitney Ridlon, Community Development, attended the meeting to discuss the IRRRB competitive grant awarded to GoNorthMN for downtown and business corridor improvements at the State Highway 6 and County Road 1 intersection, which would include a kiosk with a sign and map, solar light, planters and bench. The kiosk project is planned for the northeast corner of the City’s public parking lot. The proposed location is visible from all directions, placed a safe distance from the intersection, and does not block the line of sight of the intersection. The Council had made the decision to wait for completion of the State Highway 6 road reconstruction project before making a final decision on the grant for downtown and business corridor improvements. The grant for the kiosk project expires on December 31, 2018. IRRRB does allow extensions for creation of a better project, such as waiting for the road project to be completed. An extension request would need to include a brief explanation of the reason for the delay and a proposed timeline for completion. There was a suggestion to include installation of three flagpoles with the project and possibly withdraw other portions of the project, such as the trash containers. IRRRB would need to review the updated plan and determine if suggested changes would alter the scope of the project. The Council will discuss further details of the project at a special meeting.
Downtown business employees may use the City’s public parking lot. The public parking lot exit ramp onto State Highway 6 is 125 feet from the intersection and 24 feet wide. With minor alteration, including restriping, the public parking lot could be changed from an exit only ramp to an entrance and exit ramp onto/from State Highway 6. The Council voted to change the City parking lot exit ramp onto State Highway 6 to an entrance ramp and exit ramp.
IRRRB grant funding opportunities were discussed, including programs for community and development infrastructure, commercial redevelopment, residential demolition, cultural and tourism for nonprofits collaboratively, application fund, workforce projects, and mine pit reclamation. The application fund grant would cover half the grant writing fees for application for a federal or state grant. The performance of the grantee must meet minimum expectations to be considered for future grants.
Some items MnDOT needs to complete after the State Highway 6 reconstruction project include repair of Broadway, ditch work on Evergreen Drive, flooding and water issues at the Log Cabin and ECTC, reseeding the old City Hall location, and installation of bollard posts at the State Highway 6 and County Road 1 intersection.
In other business, the Council:
• Announced that a special meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 9 a.m.;
• Approved hiring Wesley Friesner as a firefighter;
• Approved payment of $300 to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for half of the cost of the refresher course for three first responders (Crooked Lake Township will be paying the other half of the cost of the refresher course);
• Accepted the resignation of First Responder Bob Dahlsgaard;
• Accepted a $4,000 donation from the Outing Chamber of commerce to the Emily First Responders for purchase of an automatic chest compression machine;
• Appointed Amber Butcher to the Park Commission; • Learned that Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to noon;
• Amended the credit card policy including the exception clause for the police chief to carry a card, no mobile pay application use and no saving of credit card to an electronic device and
• Voted to remain with Ferrellgas for propane at $1.32 per gallon.
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