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Emily City Council

Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Emily City Council held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. According to those minutes, during the meeting, “Council member (Bill) Spiess made the motion to approve not voluntarily sending unapproved meeting minutes to newspapers that do not print word for word. Council member Barrett seconded the motion. Roll call vote – Hanson, Lund, Mosman, Barrett and Spiess voted aye. The motion carried.” This newspaper interpreted the motion to mean that unless the unapproved minutes of the meeting are reprinted word for word, the city would not voluntarily send them to us after each meeting. Given the fact that the minutes are public records and that this newspaper has the right to publish public information in a form we feel is most readable for our readers, we have made the decision to continue to publish news stories based on the minutes rather than publishing the minutes word for word.

The Emily City Council discussed the city’s sewer system when it met in regular monthly session Tuesday, November 14. Members present included Mayor Roger Lund and Council members Gary Hanson, Jan Mosman, Dan Barrett and Bill Spiess. Also present were City Attorney Tom Pearson, City

Engineer Jeff Ledin, and City Clerk Christa Andrews. The Council discussed changing sewer rates but decided to stay with the current schedule of increasing rates three percent a year. The Council learned that the main lift station went down October 1 and the motor saver was replaced.

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Crosslaker Progress Report

The end of the calendar year is a time to reflect on the past 12 months and look ahead to the next 12. As the Crosslakers put a Christmas bow on 2017, the all-volunteer group looks back with pride (and some exhaustion) at the activities of the past year.

In January, the Crosslakers and the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) applied for a $15,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to hold a workshop event to identify opportunities for improving the current street, sidewalk and trails system. The NAR approved the grant, the only such grant awarded in the country. GLAR added an additional $1,500 grant.

The grants enabled GLAR and the Crosslakers to present a Crosslake Connectivity Walkshop on June 13. Participants went on a “walking audit” of some of the town’s trails, sidewalks and streets then returned to discuss ways to improve them. They learned about walkability principles created by Blue Zones, the organization that facilitated the Walkshop. Blue Zones incorporate the citizen input received at the Walkshop and created an action plan that presents several design options for city leaders to consider.

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January - National Blood Donor Month:  Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by Lakers Lions on Monday, January 8 in Emily 12:30-6:30 p.m.

January is the official National Blood Donor Month, and this is a good time to make a New Year's resolution to be a regular blood donor. The Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes, will be making its first of three blood drive visits to Emily on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018; from 12:30 to 6:30 pm at the Emily City Hall. Donors and volunteers are needed. Red Cross staff will be available to help make the blood drive run smoothly.

Each year, the demand for blood increases by up to 8%, while annual blood donations only increase 2 to 3%. Currently, only 5% of eligible blood donors actually donate. The blood supply is at a dangerous low point now, following the flu and now the winter weather related drawbacks, resulting in blood donations being down. Winter weather throughout the Midwest has already caused cancellations of blood drives, impacting blood donations for our local American Red Cross.

The Red Cross counts on our blood drives and donations to ensure an adequate supply for patients at area hospitals as well as throughout the country. To help ensure a sufficient blood supply, please make an appointment to donate blood and change a life, starting with your own. Giving blood now will help rebuild the blood supply and will help to ensure enough blood is on hand for all patients in the weeks to come.

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