Fifty Lakes Council approves 2014 preliminary budget
Web posted September 24, 2013
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of the regular monthly meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council held Tuesday, September 10, 2013. as provided by the City Clerk/Treasurer)
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved the 2014 preliminary budget in the amount of $474,540 at their regular monthly meeting held Tuesday September 10.
This is a decrease of $13,380 from 2013 and included in the budget are: City General $221,870; Roads $200,170; Fire & Rescue $50,000, and Parks at $2500. The vote was unanimous 4-0 (council member Les Degner was absent)
Fire & Rescue
In the absence of Fire chief Andy Hemphill, Richard Schiller informed Council the DNR has granted $3000 in matching funds for additional parts for the new pump. The month of August saw 4 medical calls and one fire alarm call.
Road Construction and Maintenance
Mayor Ken Hersey commented on a draft contract received from the County regarding payment option for the city’s portion of the road construction for County Road 3. While the final costs have not been determined at this time the current estimated amount is $95,000. Discussions followed regarding Option 3: paying 50 percent in 2015, and the balance in 2016.
City Clerk/Treasurer Karen Stern will contact the Crow Wing County to verify if there would be interest charged to the balance in 2016.
Hersey informed council that the United States Postal Service has contacted him and the City of Fifty Lakes has been approved for a Village Post Office, with postage availability through the City Hall Office. A bank of postal boxes would be placed somewhere in the parking lot. The existing post office has been purchased by the Crow Wing County and the building will be removed.
Judy Hansen informed Council of a turn around on East Eagle Lake Road that was partially placed on the Hansen property. A gentleman’s agreement was made between Russ Hansen and Eldon Lee and Judy Hansen commented it would be nice to put together a written agreement so the land is not lost by use. Discussions followed regarding purchasing the property for the turn around. No action taken at this time.
Planning & Zoning
Council member Jay Weinmann told the council that he and Mayor Hersey had met with Planning Director Gordy Reller and that Reller has withdrawn his resignation and will remain with the city at this time. Hersey commented that Reller is a valuable part of the city and is glad he is remaining.
Council approved a recommendation by the Planning Commission for the Metes and Bounds for the LaBau family with five conditions as presented and approved by the Board of Adjustment.
Council motioned to waive the fee for Fifty Lakes Properties Owners Assoc. concerning their request of an extension to the Interim Use Permit for the Burma Shave style Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) signs.
Reller informed Council of a group he has been involved with called the Lake Improvement District (LID), which monitors the Whitefish Chain of Lakes within the Cities of Crosslake, Manhattan Beach and Fifty Lakes and the Townships of Jenkins, Timothy and Ideal. This is a taxing district with monies going to the monitoring of the public landings and educating the public.
Liquor manager Toni Buchite reviewed the ATM proposals with the Council who ended up choosing the Gen Mega 2500 in the amount of $1795 from ATM Network. Buchite told council the ATM averages approximately $2000 a year in usage charges and the new machine could be paid for within one year and the city would be ADA compliant.
Council approved the Total Care Agreement from Total Register for the off sale computer program in the amount of $849.
Council approved a recommendation from Mayor Hersey concerning of the League of MN Cities Liability Insurance proposal in the amount of $14,606 to be paid to the League of Minnesota Cities.
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