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Fifty Lakes City Council July Highlights

Web posted August 2, 2022
The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The following officers were present: Mayor Steve Dahlke; Councilmembers Jodie Schrupp, Mark Bradley, Toni Buchite, and Gary Staples; City Clerk, Karen Stern; Deputy Clerk, Ann Raph; Maintenance Supervisor, Chad Wosmek; Liquor Manager, Diana Johnson; and five residents.

Council approved the meeting agenda with additions including Fifty Lakes Day, Sourcewell grant, and the pavilion. The council reviewed and approved the Consent Agenda that included Council Meeting Minutes for June 14; Treasurers Report; Payment of bills in the amount of $272,636.13 including check #44313 to #44432; and Fire & Rescue Minutes.

New Business
Deputy Clerk Ann Raph presented a video highlighting Fifty Lakes Day 2022 made by Cabin Creation Videos. The video will be placed on the city social media page and the Fifty Lakes Bar local cable channel 698.

Planning and Zoning
Planning Administrator Justin Burslie reported the Planning Commission held their meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at which there was one public hearing.

The Planning Commission approved an after-the-fact variance request to enclose a 10’x12’ deck along with three metes and bounds subdivisions.

The commission held discussion on short-term rentals in the city. Sandra Crane read a letter of complaint to the council regarding 2 short-term rentals on Northgate Lane in Fifty Lakes citing garbage, unleashed pets, noise, overcapacity, septic smells, and concerns of safety as issues. Ms. Crane requested action from the City Council to adopt an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the city or to ban them.

Bob Stancer, Planning Commission Chair, addressed council with suggestions on trying to help the situation with short-term rental properties, including contacting the Crow Wing County Land Services and Crow Wing County Sheriff with complaints. Council realizes the seriousness of the complaints, and was sympathetic to the concerned citizens, noting that the difficulty for the city to adopt an ordinance is being able to enforce rules. Council recommended city staff contact the Crow Wing County regarding these complaints with suggestions on amendments to the county ordinance for short-term rentals.

Burslie presented four options for council to review regarding short-term rentals. Council directed Burslie and the commission to come up with a recommendation and bring it back to the council.

Parks and Public Safety
Council accepted a $10,000 donation from the Firefighter’s Relief Association. The council then donated that same amount to the Firefighter Relief Pension Fund.

Council approved a resolution to submit an application to Sourcewell requesting financial support in the form of matching funds for new playground equipment.

Council reviewed the preliminary bids for further progress on the new park pavilion including soffit and fascia material, water hook up, plumbing, electrical and concrete work.

Mayor Dahlke noted that the project would need to be done in stages to coordinate every  participating subcontractor. Council approved Dahlke’s recommendation to use an additional $5,000 from the parks fund for additional park work including soffit and fascia on the pavilion.

Road Construction and Maintenance
Council approved a request from council member Bradley and Maintenance Supervisor Wosmek to increase the amount needed to maintain Buchite and Meyer Lake Roads from $500 to $750.

The cities of Emily and Manhattan Beach will be billed for each road.

Liquor Store

Liquor Manager Diana Johnson reported a profit of $15,255 for the month of June. Johnson will be contacting Gary Busse with MMBA to review the P & L statement and advise.

Johnson has 2 employee applications to review and will place a help wanted ad on social media. Johnson reviewed the entertainment lineup and various activities at the bar.

Council requested an inventory variance report, and Johnson explained are problems with the POS system and entering invoices. Council member Schrupp requested information on the bar financials for Fifty Lakes Day. Johnson stated it was a great day and the profits were down $3,000 from 2021.

Council approved moving $20,000 fro the Liquor Store checking account into a CD at the highest market percentage offered by a local bank.

Mayor’s Report
Council approved a recommendation from Dahlke to reschedule the August meeting due to the primary elections on August 9. Council will meet in session on August 16th, one week later. Also scheduled was a budget workshop meeting at 5 pm on August 16.

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