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Emily City Council’s July meetings

Web posted August 26, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

Meeting minutes show the Emily City Council met Tuesday, July 9, to open bids for its 2014 roads projects. The lowest bid was from Anderson Brothers, for $584,349.70. The council noted that the bids came in significantly higher than anticipated. The bid from Anderson Brothers passed unanimously, though council member Ryan Johnson was absent July 9.

The only other bid to come in was from TriCity Paving in Little Falls, for $620,460.

At its regular meeting Monday, July 8, the Emily City Council had a cartway hearing for the Prinzing Cartway, according to meeting minutes.

Petitioners showed the initial proposed location for the cartway, which council member Ryan Johnson said was not a wetland and was not wet after a four-inch rain. He said it was the best route for the cartway. Minutes show that the council noted that the cartway could be improved with class five, but the council will not maintain the cartway. The council’s decision to use the initial proposed location was unanimous.

The council directed the city attorney, Steve Qualley, to contact an appraiser to assess the damages of the cartway.

Public Safety
The Emily Fire Department reported two fire calls in June. The council voted unanimously to post an ad in the paper seeking more volunteer firefighters. The police department saw 61 incidents in June.

In other business July 8, the council:
- Heard from Jim Halgren of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He spoke to the council about plans to reconstruct Highway 6 from Emily City Hall to South Bay Drive in 2017. The council noted that there will be impacts to local businesses. Halgren will provide quarterly reports to the clerk’s office, which will detail the project.

- Directed the city attorney, Steve Qualley, to take civil enforcement action against two code violators.

- Approved donations totaling $695 for the watercraft inspection program. Emily Lake was determined by the DNR to be infested by Eurasion watermilfoil.

- Approved conditional use permits for Tek-Car and Emily Meats.

- Heard that the city did not receive any of the federal or regional trails grants it applied for, but is encouraged to try again.

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