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Manhattan Beach City Council approves Community Planning Meeting Funds

Web posted June 12, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to help fund a community planning meeting when it met at its regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, June 5. Mayor Paul Allen was present along with Council members Janis Allen, Marlene Yurek, Barb Hanson-Wannebo and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

Kevin Larson reported that he had secured three grants to support the planning meeting to discuss the future of the town. The Initiative Foundation and the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation each awarded $1,000 grants while Manhattan Beach Lodge awarded a $2,200 grant for a total of $4,200 to support the half-day event. Larson said expenses for facilitators, promotion, meeting rooms and food would total $5,500 leaving a need for $1,300. The Council voted to spend up to $1,300 for facility rental to support  the meeting that will take place at a date to be determined in July or August.

City Septic Inspector
The Council voted to hire Greg Kossan of Tri-County Septic Inspections to serve as the city’s septic inspector at a fee of $150 per inspection. The current fee charged for a septic inspections is $145 and fees can only be changed in January by ordinance. The Council instructed Clerk Wannebo to remind the Council to revisit the issue in January.

Northern States Power Ordinance
City Attorney Andrew Kalis reported that he had reviewed the proposed Northern States Power ordinance that will come before the Council prior to March of 2019. Northern States is the Xcel Energy holding company. Kalis said he saw nothing objectionable in the proposed ordinance. In fact, he said, there were several positive clauses such as no surcharges of fees to residents. The next step in adopting the ordinance is for the Council to set a date for a public hearing on the proposed ordinance which it hopes to schedule at its July meeting.

Open Forum
During Open Forum sessions, Larry Wannebo urged the Council to support funding the community planning meeting. He said it would be a great opportunity for citizens to get together to plan for the future.

Crow Wing County Deputy Sheriff Scott Goddard explained the Text to 911 program for people who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, have speech impairments or feel they can’t safely make a 911 call. He also talked about the four drones being used by law enforcement and fire fighters in Crow Wing County.

Colleen Sheehan thanked the Council for installing radar speed signs.

Other Business
In other business, the Council:

• Heard Mayor Allen report that the City is waiting for the county to install the new radar speed signs;

• Voted to pay the Soil and Water Conservation Service $60 an hour to do the annual maintenance of the City Hall rain garden;

• Approved a liquor license renewal for Manhattan Beach Lodge;

• Directed the Planning Commission to work with the City Attorney to draft a set of bylaws including addressing commission members’ service terms and

• Tabled discussion on replacing the City Hall office desk.

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