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Fifty Lakes City Council May Highlights

Web posted May 23, 2023
(Editor’s note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of the May 9, 2023 regular monthly meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council.)

The Fifty Lakes City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, at City Hall. The following officers were present: Mayor Steve Dahlke; Council members Gary Staples, Toni Buchite, Jill Radman, and Mark Bradley; Clerk-Treasurer Karen Stern; City Clerk Ann Raph; Deputy Clerk Jessica Istvanovich; Planning and Zoning Administrator Justin Burslie; and Diana Johnson, Liquor Manager.

Planning and Zoning
Council heard that the Planning Commission held their regular meeting on April 25th, 2023, at which there were two public hearings. The council approved the following commission recommendations.

A rezoning of an approximately 2.7 acre parcel from Water Oriented Commercial to Shoreland Residential, based on nine findings of act and one condition. The approval is contingent on approval of metes and bounds subdivision for creation of the tract.

Increasing the maximum impervious surface coverage of the “Water Oriented Commercial (WOC)” Zone for "Tributary Rivers” from 10% to 15%.

Planning Administrator Justin Burslie met with a Horvath consultant along with the chair of Planning and Commission board. Horvath is scheduled to begin construction of the cell tower on July 1, 2023. Discussion the possibility of installing a warning siren on the tower and power to the site. The next planning  commission meeting will be on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6 pm.

The council accepted the following bids: $4495 for the park Pavilion blocks from Colonial Masonry; and a bid not to exceed $6,440 from Itasca Painting Company.

Also approved was an added fixture allowance to the difference in payment to North Country Plumbing and Heating; a payment in the amount of $2,581.46 to DSG for piping in the park pavilion;

The following motions were also approved: To pay for the refinishing of the City Hall/Bar pavilion out of the General Fund; a payment to Timber Ridge Electric for reconnecting the emergency warning siren; and a survey to be performed for the location of the new pickle ball court.

Council also discussed two quotes that were received for the City Hall/Bar Pavilion ceiling repairs. Council member Staples stated the most effective solution would be to sand down the layers and use an oil-based product to soak in and seal the wood for preventative maintenance. No action was taken.

Council requested contacting the City Engineer to determine the elevation for water drainage in the park.

Public Safety
Jesse Anderson, Assistant Fire Chief, reported five medical calls and one fire call for the month of April 2023.

Road Construction and Maintenance
Council approved that $15,458.01 in tax forfeited timber sales be added the Roads Fund. Council member Bradley reported the Maintenance Department has been doing a lot of tree cleaning from the winter storms. Former maintenance supervisor, Eldon Lee, commended Chad Wosmek on the conditions of the roads and his work.

Liquor Store
Diana Johnson, Liquor Manager, presented the profit and loss report for the month of April and reported a gross profit of 53.7%.

Johnson told council that the ice machine is down and SCR is currently looking for parts to repair it. Council also had discussion concerning research to purchase a new ice machine.

The council discussed suspending Zoom for meetings, unless specifically requested before the meeting by a member of the public.

The Minnesota Public Employee Insurance Program sent out a renewal letter for the 2023-2024 insurance year. The cost of the insurance has gone up 18%. Council weighed the difference between the Advantage High plan and the Advantage value plan, ultimately deciding to approved the High Advantage Plan.

In addition, the council approved renewing liability insurance.

Open Forum

Citizen concerns included the emergency weather siren, and existing trailers throughout the city not having the proper permits. Burslie stated he would further investigate these concerns.

Consent Agenda
Council reviewed and approved the consent agenda as presented that included: Council Meeting Minutes for Regular Meeting April 11,2023; Treasurer’s Report: Payment of bills in the amount of $183,327.03 including Checks #45261-45332; and Fire and Rescue Minutes.

In other council action:

• Approved a resolution acknowledging a certificate of retirement for Clerk-Treasurer Karen Stern;

• Approved a liquor license for Golden Eagle Golf Course;

• Accepted the resignation of G. Raph from the Maintenance Department;

• Approved the hiring of E. Waterbury as cleaner for the Municipal Bar at $20 per hour;

• Approved Resolution 2023-07 regarding signatory power;

• Discussed suspending Zoom for meetings, unless specifically requested before the meeting by a member of the public;

• Approved the pay rate of $19 per hour for Aquatic Invasive Species inspector P. O’Conner.

The Fifty Lakes City Council meets in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at City Hall.

In the May 23, 2023 edition of the Northland Press, the Fifty Lakes City Council article stated no action was taken following the discussion regarding the pavilion ceiling. A motion to approve $6,440 to Itasca Painting Company was approved for the ceiling of the pavilion.

Northland Press regrets the errors.

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