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Manhattan Beach Council Previews Plans for July 14 Town Meeting

Web posted July 10, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

If residents of Manhattan Beach miss the July 14 meeting to discuss the future of their community, they can’t say they didn’t know about it. Organizer Kevin Larson updated the City Council on plans during the Council’s regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, July 3. Mayor Paul Allen was present along with Council members Janis Allen, Marlene Yurek and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

Larson said that plans have been finalized for the facilitated meeting at Manhattan Beach Lodge Saturday, July 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. A free breakfast will be served. Residents will talk about what they love about the community, the challenges the town faces and ideas to improve the town.

Larson said to date announcements for the meeting have been placed in two area newspapers and an area shopper. Radio stations are also announcing plans for the meeting as public service announcements. In addition, the meeting has been placed on the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce events website and a letter has been mailed to all residents. Ads will be placed in the Northland Press and a reminder postcard will be sent as well.

The meeting is supported by the City of Manhattan Beach, the Initiative Foundation, the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and Manhattan Beach Lodge.

Radar Signs
Mayor Allen had a good news-bad news report regarding the new speed control signs that have been purchased by the city and installed by the county on County Road 66. The good news is that the signs have finally been installed and that they work…most of the time. The bad news is that they don’t work all of the time. Allen said he is working with the county to determine the cause of the problem.

Public Hearing
The Council adjourned its meeting to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance from Northern States Power to replace an expiring ordinance to allow the company to serve as a natural gas franchiser in the city doing business as Xcel Energy. Nobody from the public spoke at the hearing. The next step is for the Council to vote on the ordinance. That will be done in the next month or so.

Other Business
In other business, the Council:
• Accepted the resignation of Ralph Iverson as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and

• Tabled a proposal from the Soil and Water Conservation District to provide semi-annual maintenance of the city hall property rain garden, instructing clerk Wannebo to visit with Beth Hippert of the District regarding terms of the District’s proposal.

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