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Fifty Lakes City Council September highlights

Web posted October 19, 2021
(The following article was written from draft minutes of the September 14, 2021 regular monthly meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council.)


The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, and the following officers were present: Mayor Steve Dahlke; Council members Jodie Schrupp, Mark Bradley, Toni Buchite and Gary Staples; City Clerk Treasurer Karen Stern; Deputy Clerk Ann Raph; Liquor manager Diana Johnson; Maintenance Supervisor Chad Wosmek; Planning & Zoning Administrator Justin Burslie; and Fire Chief Andy Hemphill.

Council approved the Consent Agenda that included Council Meeting Minutes for August 10th, 2021; Treasurers Report; Payment of bills in the amount of $137,665.61 including check #43371 to # 43456; Fire & Rescue Minutes.

City to Host 2022 ATV MN Ride

Council heard from Perry May, of Outing, who is the state director for the ATVMN Association and President of the Over the Hills Gang (OTHG) ATV Club.

May told council that the club was asked if they would be interested in hosting the ATV MN ride in September of 2022 and asked council if Fifty Lakes would be interested in hosting the event.
He presented a draft proposal letter to take the ATVMN Association requesting consideration to have the OTHG host the 2022 ride in Fifty Lakes.

Council approved hosting the event, to be held the third weekend of September (16-18).

Planning & Zoning
Planning Specialist Justin Burslie reported the planning commission held their regular monthly meeting in September and postponed a conditional use permit request for a 158’ tall selfsupporting communications tower on the property located northwest of the Co Rd 1 and S. Eagle Lake Rd intersection at the request of the applicant.

By postponing the application, it will not be on future meeting agendas for the time being.

Burslie reported the the commission approved the following: Variance Application V-02-21 to construct a 10’ x 22’ (220 sf) dwelling addition and 8’ x 8’ (64 sf) dwelling addition within the ordinary high water level setback at 41635 E Eagle Lake Rd.; Metes and Bounds Subdivision Application MB-04-21 to create three 4 plus acre parcels adjacent to West Eagle Lake Road and Eagle Lake.

43 permits have been issued to date for 2021 and there is one violation pending.

Council unanimously adopted an ordinance amendment placing an interim (six month) moratorium on  new development of property zoned “Commercial” and “Commercial Mixed Use”

Council approved initiating a zoning change of the property located at 16711 County Road 1 from Commercial to Commercial Mixed Use.

A joint meeting with the council and planning commission will be scheduled to discuss these changes to the Land Use Ordinance.

Parks and Public Safety
Council approved a quote presented by Fifty Lakes Fire & Rescue Chief Andy Hemphill for a new quick response fire truck in the amount of $163,645. The quote includes the options of additional storage, pump enclosure and heater, and a K3 piercing gun. Council will discuss the purchase of the truck and funding options at the October 12 meeting.

Council approved an increase in pay for the Fire Chief position from $200 to $250 per month, and calls and meetings to $30 each (Council member Bradley abstained).

Road Construction and Maintenance
Maintenance Supervisor Chad Wosmek informed council of the parking lot striping project and his embarrassment and dissatisfaction with it. The project was contracted through the Crow Wing County Highway Department. Wosmek told council that they have been informed, visited the site, and will come up with a solution.

Council discussed concerning the part time maintenance employee Jon Engle and the status of obtaining a CDL license. Mr. Engle had not obtained the license. He was present at the meeting and understood that his employment will be terminated due to this. Council moved to terminate Engle, thanked him for his service and wished him well.

Liquor Store
Liquor Manager Diana Johnson told council the Department of Health issued another 3 year variance for the use of the 3 compartment sink as a prep sink.

Council approved Johnson’s recommendation to increase the pay for a new cleaner to $20 per hour for 3 hours a day.

2022 Budget Approved

Council discussed and the unanimously adopted the 2022 Budget in the amount of $520,000. The budget breakdown is as follows: General Fund $236,765; Roads & Bridges 204,110; Fire & Rescue 71,625 and Parks 7,500.

In other council action:
• Reviewed an agreement with Crow Wing Power stating they must inform the City of when they will be spraying for weeds in public right of ways. Council moved to inform the county that the City does not want any spraying in the City right of ways.

• Accepted the audit proposal from Clifton Larson Allen CPA Firm for the 2021 year at the amount $11,975.

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