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Emily City Council

Web posted March 13, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Emily City Council held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 as provided by the City Clerk. Language in quotes comes directly from the minutes.)

The Emily City Council approved bids to pave the city parking lot and adjacent alley when it met in regular session on Tuesday, February 13 at City Hall. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and Council members Gary Hanson, Jan Mosman and Bill Spiess. Also present was City Clerk Christa Andrews, Attorney Tom Pearson and John Schoomer of Crow Wing County Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA). DeChantel Excavating was awarded the contract to pave the parking lot and west alley at a cost of $69,617.60.

Public Hearing
A public hearing was held to receive public input into a proposed grant application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and to receive public comment concerning general community development and housing needs in the City. Schoomer said the grant would be rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing for needs such as health, safety and energy efficiency. Examples would include a new roof, updating electrical services, doors, windows and changes needed for handicap accessibility.

“There were 31 preliminary applications, the grant is for 10. This will be a 10 year loan. After a full application is submitted following the requirements of the grant, the home owners select the contractor for the rehabilitation of the home. Applications for rewards are on a first come first serve basis. Lead testing will be done on the older homes, there will not be asbestos testing.”

Following the public hearing “Mayor Lund read Resolution 18-04- Local Government Application Resolution Small Cities Development Program Application and made a motion for approval”. The motion carried. “Council member Mosman made the motion to approve the Citizen Participation Plan as it relates to the Small Cities Development Program Application.” The motion carried. She also moved “to approve the conflict of interest policy as it relates to the Small Cities Development Program Application.” The motion carried.

Off-Sale Permit Conditionally Approved
The Council approved the offsale liquor license application of Lake Country Foods subject  to certain conditions. “Mayor Lund stated this would be…a license with conditions. Attorney Pearson stated the full year of licensing must be paid for, submitting license to the state immediately. The state will not approve until conditions as required are met.”

Dahler Avenue Vacation
“Susan and Jay Benards had submitted a petition to vacate a section of Dahler Avenue. Attorney Pearson stated this is a complex issue. Clerk Andrews will notify the Benards of the items needed to complete an application/petition for vacating the road way. Attorney Pearson stated it may be practical for the City to request petitioners pay all costs as a condition. A road vacation can be handled at the City level or through the courts. Due to the complexity of this vacation, some cities choose not to preside over the case and let the courts deal with it. Cost shifting, access issues and DNR implications often makes cities not take a position and let it go to the courts. The Mayor feels it must be advantageous for the City to vacate. A complete application is required before the Council will move forward with consideration of vacating a city public right of way.”

Fire Department
“The Crooked Lake Town Board is interested in setting up a mutual aid agreement. The Council would like to work with the township and determine what equipment the City and Township have and further details of a mutual aid agreement. The Council approved the 2018 Fire Relief Association Pension Contribution of $26,796.”

Clean Up Day
“Clean Up Day 2018 will be on September 15, 2018 in conjunction with the City of Fifty Lakes. The City cannot pay for lunch. Volunteers are need to supply lunch and to help with lifting and moving materials.”

Special Meeting
“There will be a Capital Improvement Plan and Codification Special Council meeting on February 16 at 9:00a.m.”

Other Business
In other business, the Council:
• Named Christine Roos to the Park Commission;

• Agreed to advertise for parttime seasonal maintenance laborers;

• Approved “Employee and Department Heads’ attendance at Safety and Loss Control Workshops at $20 per person plus mileage”;

• Approved a resolution to waive the 30-day waiting period for a raffle permit for the Celebrate Emily Day Committee;

• Approved having the City Clerk and Deputy Clerk work up to 40 hours a week and the Office Assistant work up to 31 hours a week until March 16 to prepare for the annual audit;

• Approved a resolution accepting $4,000 in donations to the City from the Outing Chamber of Commerce for the Emily First Responders;

• Changed the August regular meeting date from August 14 (Election Day) to August 15;

• Approved payment of $20,440 to the League of Minnesota Insurance Trust Fund. “Discussion included this is the property insurance” and

• Voted to pay $92.98 for two fire extinguishers for the Food Shelf.

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