Emily police chief resigns; Council approves budget
Web posted December 17, 2013
(Editor’s note: This article was written from the unapproved summary of action from the December 10 regular meeting of the Emily City Council, as provided by the City Clerk.)
The Emily City Council accepted, with thanks, the resignation of Emily’s police chief Kyle Larson effective February 1, 2014 at their December 10, 2013 regular monthly meeting.
More discussion followed concerning the need for a local Police Department and directed the city staff to research Incident Command Reports (ICR) for the history of the department.
Council will review the police chief application pool and if more applications are needed, will advertise for the position.
Also accepted by council was the resignation of volunteer firefighter Tom Hintz, effective January 1, 2014, and, an ad to be placed in the newspaper and online for additional firefighters.
The Emily Fire Relief Association Bylaws were approved contingent of the association’s approval of the city attorney’s suggested changes.
The First The Police Department had 30 ICRs, and there were four calls for First Response.
Council approved adoption of the final tax levy, approving 2013 tax levy, collectible in 2014. The final total is $910,297, a 3.83 percent increase. Breakdown of the levy total includes: General Fund in the amount of $692,050; Sewer Fund in the amount of $61,512; G.O. Permanent Improvement Bond Series 2005A in the amount of $25,400; G.O. Sewer Revenue Bond 2006 in the amount of $65,952; and CIP & Improvement REF Bond in the amount of $65,383.
The Council approved the 2014 road improvements feasibility study with S.E.H. in the amount of $7,500.
The Council approved to vacate a roadway located on the Johnson property, contingent on Johnson agreeing to grant the requested easement to Prinzing. Council acknowledged the withdrawal of the Prinzing Cartway petition.
The City Attorney will correspond with a property owner claiming road infringement onto their property. Per the City Attorney, after 6 years of public use, roadways are dedicated to the public.
The Council approved mileage and the attendance of two council members to a meeting with MnDOT, Crow Wing County Highway Department, and the City of Emily to discuss CR1 and State Highway 6 intersection improvements on Dec. 17. Discussions will also include consideration of proposed trails installation in the area.
The City received 17 responses of the Park Trails Survey. The survey will continue to be available on the City’s website (www.cityofemily.com) and in the City Clerk’s office. The Council approved the Emily Trail Feasibility Study and Grant Application Agreement with S.E.H. in the amount of $10,500, $3,500 to be reimbursed by IRRRB. Grant applications can move forward as long as route changes are not substantial. t was noted that regional connectivity and more users are more favorable for funding.
City Clerk/Treasurer Christa Andrews was approved to attend the 2014 MCFOA Clerk’s conference with the City paying registration, hotel, mileage and food.
Council approved removing Patricia Kestner as a signer on all city accounts, effect December 20, 2013. The Council also approved Patricia Kestner’s relinquishment of the title City Clerk/Treasurer, effect December 20, 2013. The Council approved payment of accrued vacation and sick time to Kestner, and the purchase of a $150 Visa card for Patricia Kestner for her years of service, 7 years as City Clerk/Treasurer and 1 year and 10 months as Deputy Clerk.
The Council approved an addendum to the Union Contract, which adds two permanent part time positions, Boiler Operator/City Hall Custodian/Maintenance Helper and Utility Billing/Office Assistant. A pay increase for Fire Chief to $1,400, Assistant Fire Chief to $600 and second Assistant Training Officer to $300 per year was approved. The Council approved a pay increase for the First Response Chief and Assistant Chief per budgeted wages for 2014. Cari Johnson, Utility Billing/ Office Assistant, was approved vacation pay for Christmas Day.
City website domain name renewal at 5 years in the amount of $220 was approved. Cari Johnson was approved as a signer on all City accounts, effective December 20, 2013. Sewer Year End CD purchase was approved in the amount of $45,000.00. Case sensitive disbursements for the yearend 2013 were approved.
In other council action:
• Approved a Planning and Zoning recommendation to reclassify a property to Non-Conservation Special Legislation and the future sale of the tax forfeited land.
• A group will be formed to discuss specifics and costs of a DNR water quality study. The group will include State Representative Joe Radinovich, Mn DNR representatives, council members and at least six residents with equally conflicting or unbiased views. The city will advertise for group volunteers using the city website and placing postings around town.
• Approved a $500 credit on each City Hall door that was delivered damaged and had been repaired.
• Approved investigating the cost of the County administering Planning and Zoning. A joint Council and Planning and Zoning meeting will be scheduled to discuss findings.
• Approved paying mileage to transport the city’s front entrance railing that is on order and a motion carried to sell extra and unusable electrical panels from the City Hall renovations at the best price possible.
• The library is seeking a donation of an up to date computer. Any donations to the Emily Library can be dropped off at the Clerk’s office.
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