Fifty Lakes Council Approves 2014 Levy
Web posted December 24, 2013
(Editor’s note: This article was written using the draft minutes of the regular monthly meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council held on December 10, 2013.)
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved their 2014 budget in the amount of $474,540 at their regular monthly meeting on Dec. 10. The budget breakdown is as follows: General Fund: $221,870; Road & Bridge: $200,170; Fire & Rescue: $50,000; Parks: $2,500.
This is a 2.8 percent decrease from the 2013 budget.
Public Hearing set for Post Office, Jan. 14
The council approved holding a public hearing at the next regular council meeting, January 14, 2014
Mayor Ken Hersey commented on a letter received from Mr. Leadens, USPS Liaison regarding the guidelines and requirements to build a new post office building. Council member Jodie Schrupp stated there is a group of residents researching the possibilities of a post office building.
Mayor Hersey noted the Post Office is requesting the city to make a decision to construct a building before the USPS makes a decision on the village-style post office (with boxes outdoors), keeping in mind that the local post office is scheduled to have a reduced office hour schedule of 4 hours per day in September 2014.
Council approved Fire Chief Andy Hemphill’s request to purchase a 2004 Ford 550 4x4 flatbed truck found on Craigslist for $11,500 to be used for the DNR pump.
Hemphill reported there was one medical call and one fire call for November 2013.
Hemphill also discussed with the council the need to purchase a compressor and fill station to fill the air bottles for approximately $12,000 and $2000 installation and setup. Council unanimously approved the motion (council member Les Degner was not in attendance).
Council member Greg Buchite said that the Fire & Rescue Executive Review Board met Dec. 9, noting a few members were low on attendance and a letter will be sent as a reminder. Buchite noted that Dick Schiller has had the best attendance in the past two years and all his additional work that he does for the city is greatly appreciated.
In addition, the council discussed the possibility of a skating rink, and agreed to allow the fire department to proceed with creating a skating ring in the parking lot south of the community center along CR 3.
Mayor Hersey commented Les Degner had requested him to commend the maintenance department on the excellent job of snow plowing for the past week.
Planning & Zoning
Planning Director Gordy Reller has contacted the County and is researching the process and costs involved in updating the zoning map.
Council approved changing the benefit addendum B to change to 32+ hours, heath insurance 70 percent paid by employer for employee and dependents 50 percent paid by employer and remove the bullet for 40 hours and salaried line at 100 percent. Also approved was a motion to leave the sick leave and accrued vacation on the books, to be used as to city policy as accrued ending November 30, 2013. The existing vacation and sick time will stay on the books until used (not required to be used by end of year).
The Medicare premiums and the spouse city policy premium would be a maximum of $837.90 pending on which plan is chosen. With the changeover to Medicare, Reller’s spouse is no longer eligible for the city’s group plan, but can continue under Cobra for up to 36 months.
Council unanimously (Degner absent) approved a motion to that Reller, or any other employee with the same situation, purchase their Medicare supplement and to allow the spouse to purchase Cobra through the City’s policy as other employees effective February 1, 2014. Reller will pay his Medicare policy and the city will reimburse with his portion of health insurance, with his mileage and cell phone retainers.
Council approved an increase for the Planning and Zoning Commission from $25 to $40 per meeting. The chairman position was approved to increase from $35 to $50 and the wages being reported on a 1099.
Council approved a 3 percent raise for all city employees effective January 1, 2014.
In other council business:
• Council appointed Tim Anick, Judy Hansen and Andy Levesque to the Planning Commission for terms to expire on December 15, 2017. Bruce Bissonnette was appointed as an alternate to the Planning Commission with his term expiring on December 15, 2015.
• Council approved “Nifty” the bear as City of Fifty Lakes mascot.
• Agreed to pay the City of Emily $683.80 for half the cost of the cities joint Clean-Up Day
• Reller was approved to attend a septic class in Brainerd.
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