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Emily City Council January highlights

Web posted February 11, 2020
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the unproved minutes of the January 14, 2020 regular monthly meeting of the Emily City Council as provided by the City Clerk.)

The Emily City Council met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in the Council Chambers. Present at the teetering were Mayor Buddy Lund, Council members Bryce Butcher, Wesley Friesner, Gerhart Hanson, and Bill Spiess. Also present was Cari Johnson, City Clerk/Treasurer.

Council held a public hearing regarding the 2020 fee schedule. No one from the public gave comment.

Council approved the Consent Agenda including meeting minutes of the December 10, 2019 Council Meeting and the Treasurer’s Report from December 2019; and Claims for Approval.

Public Safety
Fire Chief Chad Genz reported 20 members at the last meeting and one fire call in December. Council confirmed the annual Fire Department elections as follows: Fire Chief, Chad Genz; Assistant Chief, Tyson Kinkaid; Secretary Calen Spindler; Terasurer, Pat Redding; and Training Officer, Brian Foster.

Council approved an amendment to the Emily Fire Relief Association Bylaws to increase the annual pension level from $1,500 to $1,750 effective January 1, 2020. (Abstaining Butcher, Friesner)

Council also approved a several donations: from RALALA in the amount of $300 for fire equipment and $250 for First Responder equipment; RALALA members in the amount of $1050 for First Responder equipment; and $200 from David and Anne Bonnerup in the amount of $200 for fire equipment.

Council approved the required 2020 municipal contribution to the Emily Fireman’s Relief Association in the amount of $27,864, and accepted a donation of $500 from the Relief Association for fire equipment.

Mayor Lund reported 6 calls with 4 medicals and 2 fires for the First Responders. A Fire/First Response combination of Services Committee Meeting was scheduled for January 28, 2020 with Chief LeAnn Werner, Mary Eppen, and Cary LeBlanc attending.

Council accepted the resignation of long time First Responder Bill Bernhjelm effective January 2, 2020.

Police Chief Herold reported 22 Incidents for December 2019. Chief Herold gave an update on annual department training and told council he is obtaining certifications as firearms instructor, law enforcement firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor to train officers in his department and possibly provide local training to other departments. The trainings are within the Police Department budget.

Planning and Zoning

Council approved appointed the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for the duration of the revision process. Committee members include Josh Netland, Kathy Breault, Tracy Jones, Pam Roden, Jan Mosman, and Kate Friesner.

Roads

Council motioned to pre-approve payment of the lending Crow Wing County invoice in the amount of $10,949.37 for the city’s portion of county improvements for the Highway 6 reconstruction project.

Anna Drive will be inspected in the spring.

Maintenance Shop
The Phase 2 construction project is planned to begin January 20. Council made the decision to request bids from local licensed contractors for construction of five workbenches for the Maintenance Shop. The Maintenance Shop budget for Phase 2 construction is a total of $228,160.05 with $227,000 budgeted for 2020 and $2,541.69 transferred from the remaining 2019 budget. The contract amount for Phase 2 is $214,866.

City Hall
Contractors were hired to work on the City Hall roof to steam the roof drains open, and install heater tape to repair the roof leaks recently. The City budgeted $90,000 for a new roof in 2020. The City will request bids for replacement of the Hall roof after the roof is cleared of snow.

Council approved selling the cross country ski equipment that remained from the Charter School to Emily Wesleyan Church for $75.

Parks

Council reappointed Christine Roos and Nancy Moritz to the park commission for three year terms.

Roos discussed the plans for the City Beach. Council approved Option B for parking layout. The Park Commission will need to meet to determine what to include in the proposed DNR Outdoor Recreation Grant application and the total requested cost. Council approved the hiring of CEDA for grant writing services to complete the DNR grant for $89 per hour not to exceed $3,115.

Codification
Council approved an amendment to approve an updated Fee Schedule Ordinance, effective upon publication of a summary.

The League of Minnesota Cities codification attorney reviewed the legal report of the codification provided by American Legal Publishing with the codified ordinances.

American Legal Publishing recommended the following process for amendment of the codification: the Council reviews proposed ordinance amendments, if approved the ordinance amendments are sent to the City Attorney, if approved the ordinance amendments are then sent to American Legal Publishing for codification, American Legal Publishing completes the ordinance amendments and sends revised codification pages back to the City, and the Council reviews and considers adoption of the ordinance amendments after the required public notification.

Council approved sending the Planning Commission recommended amendments to the Land Use Ordinance for revisions. Several other proposed ordinance amendments were discussed and approved to be sent to American Legal Publishing for review.

The next meeting of the Emily City Council will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2020 at Emily City Hall.

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