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Fifty Lakes City Council June Highlights

Web posted June 24, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

According to draft minutes of the Fifty Lakes City Council’s June 10 meeting, the council had a visit from Crow Wing County and Landwehr Construction to discuss the need for a gravel pit to open within the city.

Steve Strohschein, of the Crow Wing County Highway Department, informed the council that work on reconstructing County Road 3 between Fifty Lakes and Crosslake requires more dirt, creating the need to establish a borrow pit for the project. Joe White, of Landwehr Construction, requested permission to use the borrow pit on resident Kevin Murphy’s property.

The council granted Landwehr construction permission to remove approximately 15,000 yards of dirt from the pit, on the condition that the pit be restored to county specifications once the project is finished. The county agreed to take responsibility for any damage that’s done to Kego Lake Road.

The council agreed unanimously to allow the pit. Council member Jay Weinmann was absent from the meeting.

In other business June 10, draft minutes show the council:
- Decided to advertise for bids for the new patio addition on the municipal bar.

- Accepted a quote from Ebner Insurance for dram insurance for the bar for a total annual premium of $4,137.

- Appointed Bruce Bissonnette, formerly an alternate, to a full time position on the planning and zoning commission.

- After recently deciding that only full-time bartenders will receive benefits, decided that the city will define full-time employment as at least 30 hours per week.

- Rescinded a motion that gave Toni Buchite, liquor manager, the ability to hire and fire. The city attorney informed the council that the city cannot legally give that authority to Buchite, and must retain it.

- Heard that the tower ordinance was reviewed by planning and zoning and the city attorney and will possibly be ready for a public hearing in July.

- Heard from the fire chief that there were two medical calls and one wildfire call at Wolf Lake in the previous month. The Department of Natural Resources will reimburse the department for the wildfire fighting, draft minutes show.

- Approved a new sign ordinance intended to maintain a minimum retroreflectivity on street signs, as required by the state.

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