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Emily City Council May highlights

Web posted June 3, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

An unapproved summary of Emily City Council’s May 13 meeting shows that the council approved two new ordinances: a property maintenance ordinance and an administrative citation ordinance.

The property maintenance ordinance creates minimum standards for structures in the city to protect public health, safety and welfare.

The administrative citations ordinance allows the city to use administrative enforcement to gain compliance with city ordinances as an alternative to criminal fines and penalties.

According to the ordinance, the city found that there were certain negative consequences to using criminal fines and penalties; citizens resented being labeled a criminal for code violations and often there was a delay in the system that didn’t ensure a prompt resolution.

Both the ordinances can be viewed in their entirety at www.cityofemily.com.

Public Safety
The council approved a contract for Joshua Herold as permanent part-time police chief. The city agreed that Herold can respond to calls using his personal vehicle when necessary, and approved up to $500 to outfit Herold’s personal vehicle. The council also approved up to $3,500 to update the police squad computer.

Damien Stalker and David Watson were approved as parttime officers, pending drug test, background check and physical. James Patrick and Kevin Combs were approved to the Emily Volunteer Fire Department, also pending a drug test, background check and physical.

In other business, the council:
- Tabled discussion on a Verizon Wireless agreement and site plans for a proposed cell tower on city property.

- Decided to advertise for a seasonal part-time maintenance worker for up to 31 hours a week at a rate of $10 an hour.

- Approved an increase of life insurance for full time employees to $25,000.

- Approved 2014 street improvements for Anna Drive, Bloomquist Drive, Blue Lane East, Blue Lane West, Robinson Drive and West Trout Avenue.

The council approved an agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson, city engineers, for services including design and bidding for the street improvements at a cost of $22,800.

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