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Emily City Council hears manganese mine update

The Emily City Council recently heard an update on manganese mining.

Char Kinzer reported that Cooperative Mineral Resources (CMR) has been meeting with an investor interested in moving forward with manganese mining. Fifteen more exploratory holes will be drilled for testing with the expectation of finding deposits at 600 to 700 feet.

The council learned the next step toward mining is construction of a pilot plant. Unapproved draft minutes from the council’s June meeting said new mining techniques would be used.

In other business June 10, the council:

• Approved a starting wage of $10 an hour for part-time police officer David Watson.

• Agreed to spend up to $200 on a “City Office” sign.

• Agreed to stripe the city hall parking lot, basketball court and downtown one-hour parking stalls at a cost of $591.

• Agreed to buy two basketball nets and backboards not to exceed $300.

• Approved a $3,500 final payment to Gopher State Contractors.

• Agreed to hire Mason Kozicky as a seasonal part-time maintenance helper and lawn mower pending a background check, physical and drug test. Kozicky is approved for up to 31 hours per week at $10 an hour.

• Approved the purchase of a UTV from Midwest Machinery Company for $7,400.

• Approved a donation of $75 from the Emily Firefighter’s Relief Association to the community library.

• Agreed to reimburse Perki Pepek for the purchase of goods and refreshments for the library open house.

• Approved the resignation of first responder Chad Wosmek effective May 13.

• Approved a three-year agreement with Mathias C. Justin LTD for audit services.

• Approved the replacement of three office computers for $4,207.50.