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Manhattan Beach City Council Discusses WAPOA Agreement

Web posted December 4, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The Manhattan Beach City Council discussed amendments to the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Big Trout Lake storm water project with the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) when it met in regular session Wednesday, November 7. Members present included Mayor Paul Allen and Council members Janis Allen, Barb Hanson-Wannebo and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

Mayor Allen said that the amendments were made to protect WAPOA and the City. Council Member Janis Allen explained that the tanks were cleaned and that Crow Wing County would handle coordinating the cleanings.

The amendments state that the Soil and Water Conservation District will advertise for, accept, and review all bids, and award all contracts associated with the project, subject to WAPOA’s right to reject any bids or contracts which would require additional funding in excess of current funding commitments.

The amendments also state that Manhattan Beach and WAPOA will work together to identify project implementation solutions and secure additional funding should actual project costs exceed current funding commitments. However, nothing in the agreement obligates the City or WAPOA to provide or secure such funding.

Roads Survey Update
Mayor Allen said he asked the City Attorney to contact Stonemark because he couldn't get any response from them. Allen said the City Attorney did make a follow up call to Stonemark but did not receive a call back.

Post Card Update
Clerk Wannebo read a proposed post card to residents. She explained the cost would be between $41 and $51 not including postage. A motion was made by Council Member Hanson-Wannebo and seconded by Council Member Allen to approve the language and have post cards printed. The motion carried.

Other Business

In other business, the Council:
• Conducted a public hearing on a natural gas franchise agreement;
• Approved a gas franchise ordinance;
• Set a date of Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for a special meeting of the canvassing board;
• Renewed a League of Minnesota Cities liability insurance policy with the Christensen Agency;
• Passed a resolution adopting the Crow Wing County Hazard Mitigation Plan and
• Approved a Sourcewell Planning and Zoning Shared Services agreement.

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