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Emily council to work with NJPA on Master Parks plan

Web posted April 18, 2017
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of the regular monthly meeting of the Emily City Council held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and other documents as provided by the city clerk.)

By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

Parks and Trails
New trails and green spaces are critical community amenities and the Emily City Council approved engaging the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) of Staples, MN to help develop a master parks plan for the city at a cost of $4,000. Acting Mayor Gary Hanson Jr. and Council members Dan Barrett, Jan Mosman and Bill Spiess were present.

The plan will build and improve upon the city’s existing park system to provide better and safer bicycle and pedestrian recreational opportunities, according to NJPA. The firm will work with the city staff to develop a steering committee representing local businesses, citizens at large, city staff, Parks Committee members and other stakeholders. The steering committee will provide recommendations to the Parks Committee on the drafting and adopting of the final Park and Trail Plan.

Business Subsidies
The Council approved a business subsidy application. The preamble of the application makes it clear that city subsidies to businesses will go to those businesses that create the greatest number of full time equivalent (FTE) jobs that pay a living wage for the residents of Emily and the surrounding region. Living wage FTE jobs are the top priority whenever Emily tax dollars are invested in a private business or development project.

In other business, the Council
• Voted to place a Crow Wing County Natural Resource kiosk at the ATV trail parking lot, pending planning and zoning approval.

• Approved purchasing a grass rig tank for the fire department from Quality Fabricating at a cost of $3,245.

• Decided to spend up to $200 for plants at City Hall.

• Voted to spend $185 to have Northern Lakes Electric repair the emergency light in the gym.

• Approved having Northern Lakes Electric hookup threephase power to the city park.

• Set March 21 as the date for a workshop meeting to begin reviewing the city code.

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