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Fifty Lakes Receives $50,000 Donation for Emergency Sirens

Web posted August 22, 2023
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the Draft minutes of the August 8, 2023 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council)

The Fifty Lakes City Council approved acceptance of a $50,000 donation from Sourcewell designated for the purchase and installation of two new emergency sirens within the city. The locations of the sirens is yet to be determined.

Bob Stancer, Chair of Planning Commission, updated the council on his research of the American Signal Emergency Siren. The council discussed and approved purchasing two sirens that would run off solar panel and batteries. The locations for these sirens will be decided after further research.

The total purchase will include two sirens and solar panels, and two 55’ wooden poles totaling $58,863.20.

Consent Agenda
The council reviewed and approved the consent agenda that included: Council Meeting Minutes for Regular Meeting July 11th, 2023; Treasurer’s Report: Payment of bills in the amount of $199,735.78 including Checks #45544 through #45652; and the Fire and Rescue Minutes.

Council also approved moving the general checking account to Pine River State Bank with signers Clerk Ann Raph, Mayor Toni Buchite and council member Mark Bradley, and th ATM/Lottery checking account to Pine River state Bank with signers Raph and liquor manager Diana Johnson

Planning and Zoning
The Planning Commission held their regular meeting in July at which there was one public hearing, and a variance request to enclose a pre-existing deck with in the OHW level setback on the property located 40535 Westman Bay Road was approved.

Regarding the Horvath Tower, the council learned tat the most recent aeronautical study conducted by the FAA has determined a light would not required at the top of the proposed tower. The Conditional Use Permit is not required to be amended and the applicant intends to proceed with land use permitting.

Council approved a motion to accept the estimate from Blue Water Wells to connect water to the park pavilion in the amount of $2,245.00.

The newly assembled Park Committee will be meeting once a month to strategize fundraising ideas for future park expansion to include a splash pad and expanding pickle ball courts.

Public Safety
Jesse Anderson, Assistant Fire Chief, reported five medical calls and two fire calls for the month of July.

Road Construction and Maintenance
Council approved hiring B. Bright as a seasonal on-call maintenance worker at $24 per hour.

A quote from McCoy Construction and Forestry was approved to repair the John Deere 210LJ was approved in the amount of $5,814.22 plus delivery, not to exceed $6,300.00 without approval of council member Bradley.

Liquor Store
Johnson reported a 54 percent gross profit in July, and she updated the council on her research into installing a hood vent in the bar kitchen.

Mayor’s Report

The council reviewed Remote City Meetings legal requirements and policies and approved a motion for council members to vote remotely via Zoom or other means at three meetings per year

The council discussed adopting an ordinance prohibiting adult use cannabis on city property and requested Clerk Raph to prepare a draft ordinance for council consideration at the next meeting.

The council discussed and approved renewing two CDs at Pine River State Bank from 1.25% to 5.01%.

Approved the addition of Juneteenth to the employee handbook as a federal holiday by a 4-1 vote, voting no was council member Gary Staples.

The council approved sending Clerk Raph to the Minnesota Clerk’s Academy September 14-15 in Staples, MN with mileage and hotel reimbursement. Also approved was to allow any member of the city council to attend the Open Meeting Law and Data Practices class in Staples provided by Sourcewell with mileage reimbursement.

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