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Fifty Lakes Council Eyes Removal of Kego Lake Beaver Dam

Web posted July 9, 2019
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 as provided by the City Clerk.)

The Fifty Lakes City Council met Tuesday, June 11 at the city hall. The following officers were present: Linda Steffens, Mayor; Jodie Schrupp, Toni Buchite, Julie Engle, and Mark Bradley council members and City Clerk Karen Stern.

Planning and Zoning
Justin Burslie reviewed violations with the council. The council requested Burslie to follow up and research with the Department of Natural Resources the removal of the beaver dam on Kego Lake.

The council approved the ordinance amendment to allow alterations to historic ice ridges, define “view corridor” and allow limited vegetation removal in the “view corridors” on shoreland properties.

The council approved an agreement from Bolton and Menk for professional engineering services not to exceed $2,500 related to the Wetland Conservation Act for 2019. The council voted to ask Crow Wing County to use its staff to administer the Act’s requirements.

Liquor Store
Diana Johnson reviewed the liquor report with the council. She informed the council that the freezer broke down on Friday and the compressor needs to be replaced. The council approved her request to hire Sadie Johnson as a part time bartender at a wage of $9.86 per hour.

The council requested additional advertising for the part time Maintenance position. Julie Engle presented a study she had completed on private vs. public roads. The council discussed the study and Engle will update it.

Other Business
In other business, the council:
• Accepted the following donations for Fifty Lakes Day: Crosslake Auto Body, $200; Lands End Development, $100; Emily Meats, $100; Jon & Joan Mills, $100; Northern Lakes Electric, $100; Staples Construction, $100; Wannebo Construction, $200; Emily Coop Telephone, $250; Al’s Marine, $100; BlackRidge Bank, $ 50; Classic Renovation, $100; Schrupp Excavating, $100; Crosslake Veterinary Practice, $100 and Wes Hansen Builders $100;

• Discussed installation of light poles on intersections but tabled the project at this time to allow more time for public input;

• Congratulated Bill Bright on his retirement effective June 30;

• Heard Bright report that class five has been applied to Meyer, River Lane, Pistol, last four tenths of mile for Kego and North Eagle Lake Roads;

• Approved payment of $12,443 for liability insurance and

• After going into closed session to discuss personnel, promoted Chad Wosmek to maintenance supervisor for a six-month probationary period at $22 an hour effective June 17.

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