City of Emily’s Mayor George Pepek presented Robert Swanson with a plaque in appreciation of his services. Swanson has been with the City of Emily for a total of 8 years, 3 years as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and 5 years as a council member. - photo submitted
Swanson honored by Emily City Council
Web posted October 15, 2013
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the unapproved summary of action taken at the regular monthly meeting of the Emily City Council held October 8, 2013 as provided by the City Clerk.)
Mayor George Pepek thanked and acknowledged former council member Bob Swanson who resigned from his position in August. Swanson was presented a plaque in appreciation of his dedicated service to Planning and Zoning for 3 years and as a council member for 5 years.
• Deputy Clerk Christa Andrews was appointed by council as the new City Clerk/Treasurer. Andrews will take the position on November 1, 2013 and will train under City Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Kestner until December 31, 2013.
The job was originally offered to Jenkins City Clerk Krista Okerman, but she declined the position. The City then made an offer to Karen Stern, current City Clerk/Treasurer of Fifty Lakes, but she also declined. The position was then offered to Andrews, who accepted.
• The Council accepted the resignation of Police Officer Mark Taylor and the termination of Sara Rice. A meeting will be held with Police Chief Larson, Mayor Pepek, and Police Officer Jason Rice to discuss working hours needed to be employed with the city.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl was present and gave his yearly report to the council and residents. Dahl explained that the Sheriff’s department and the Emily City Police department are working together on narcotic investigations and to stop the rash of burglaries and he added that Emily is not the only area that is having these problems.
Dahl also stated that the Sheriff’s department is working on seat belt usage, reducing crash fatalities, and distracted driving.
• Council approved Jacob Lien to attend Firefighter 1 training. The Fire Department will have their SCBA tanks Hydro tested at the cost of approximately $1,100; testing is required every five years. Also approved was the purchase of t-shirts for the department in the amount of $266.40 using monies from the Fire Equipment fund.
The Council acknowledged and approved a monetary thank you for Mark Mosman for all of the help that he gave during the landscaping project at the City Hall. During this project it was noticed that the building needed work with the block/brick and Mr. Mosman repaired the area since he is trained in that field.
• Council approved a 25-year lease agreement for the Emily Emergency Food Shelf for use of the old Unity Bank building. The City will insure the former bank building valued at $100,000 with $250 deductible.
A 2014 road project was briefly discussed and council will received a cost for the feasibility project at the next meeting. Roads to be included in the project are Robinson, Blue Lane East, Blue Lane West, the end of Anna Drive, West Trout Avenue, Bloomquist Drive, end of Dahler Avenue and Trout Avenue.
• Buddy Lund and councilmember Gary Hanson will continue to work on verifying easements for all of the City turn-arounds, Mr. Lund will be reimbursed mileage.
• Heidi Peper of S.E.H. will also work with the Park Commission to apply for grants to develop a trail system within the City of Emily. The Council approved withdrawing two Park Dedication CD’s for the initial grant work. One of the grants from Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board will cover 50 percent of the planning/engineering work for the trail. The trail may be able to connect to the core of the City at the time of the State Highway project in 2016.
The DNR will be notified that the date of either October 25th or October 17th would be appropriate for a public meeting. As soon as a date is agreed for the meeting, a notice will be on the City website and posted at the Post Office. This is a public meeting not a hearing so a three-day notice is only necessary.
• Pending receipt of completed applications, license fee payment, and owner background checks, liquor license were approved for Granny’s, Barrett’s Log Cabin, Bungalow for On-Sale $1,200, Off-Sale $100, Sunday On-Sale $200; Redding’s Off-Sale $100, Lake Country Foods 3.2 Off-Sale $25 and Emily Greens On-Sale 7 mos. 3.2 Beer $44.00.
In other council business:
• Christa Andrews was approved to attend the National Joint Powers Alliance meeting on October 15, 2013 with mileage reimbursement.
• The Planning & Zoning department office hours will be held at 20 hours per week for the winter season starting December 1, 2013.
• An employment ad will be placed for a permanent part time Utility Billing/Office Assistant to start at $12 per hour.
• Passed a resolution authorizing an insurance agency and another authorizing council workers compensation coverage. Worker’s compensation deductible will continue to be $250 and volunteer workers compensation will be basic coverage with no medical.
• Mayor Pepek was able to pick up an additional 20 chairs at $5 each for the City Hall and will be reimbursed the cost of the chairs and mileage.
• A clean up letter will be sent to the owner of a South Bay Drive property regarding garbage disposal.
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