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Fifty Lakes City Council: July

Web posted July 29, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

The City of Fifty Lakes City Council met Tuesday, July 8, and decided that its August meeting will be moved to Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., one week later than normal. That meeting will include two public hearings for proposed ordinance changes.

A public hearing will be held that night for the guest places ordinance. Among many other changes, the ordinance would change the definition of “guest cottage” to “guest quarters” and “guest cabin.” Several other definitions would be changed with the new ordinance, with much of the current ordinance would be rewritten.

Another public hearing will be held that night to discuss the city’s tower ordinance. The ordinance will cover any commercial towers within the city, which will require different permits depending on height.

In other business Tuesday, July 8, the council:
- Scheduled a budget meeting for Monday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. - Decided to participate with the city of Emily in clean up day on the third Saturday in September.

- Heard that Gordy Reller, zoning administrator, submitted his resignation effective after the September regular council meeting, giving the council two months to find a replacement.

- Heard that the Fifty Lake Property Owners’ Association has logged 210 hours of aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspections. So far 228 boats were inspected, with nine boats noncompliant. State grants will pay for 350 hours of inspection time in Fifty Lakes.

- Heard a report from the fire department: it received three medical calls in June. There were no fires. The fire department was thanked for the great food at Fifty Lakes Day.

- Voted to install a light at the intersection of County Roads 1 and 3, with costs not to exceed $1,200.

- Increased the wage of bartenders who were making less to $8 an hour, to comply with minimum wage requirements.

- Heard from the liquor manager, Toni Buchite, that there was a shortage of more than $600 from pull tabs. Buchite has discussed the issue with all the employees and will continue auditing pull tabs regularly.

- Voted to add a security cameras at the liquor store over the safe in the kitchen and the lottery area. All security cameras will now be backed up for one year, rather than the former two week period.

- Accepted a bid to construct the bar’s patio addition for $29,350. It will be 50 feet by 14 feet, and money to pay for the patio will come from the city’s general fund.

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