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Council debates timing of overflight photography

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According to draft meeting minutes of the Fifty Lakes City Council meeting Feb. 12, the council will hold off on further overflight photos of lakes in the city.

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A committee of three, made up of Gordy Reller, Les Degner and Ken Neihart, has been researching and examining overhead images taken by A.W. Research that measure lake health and quality.

That committee recommended postponing the next phases of imaging, while the planning commission recommended continuing the process.

The next phase of the project was to take images of area lakes while the ice is in, but the vote was split 2-2 and failed among the council to continue with imaging this winter.

Greg Buchite and Jay Weinmann voted in favor of conducting imaging this summer; Ken Hersey and Jodie Schrupp voted against it. Degner attended the meeting via Skype, but draft minutes state that Minnesota statutes did not allow Degner to vote.

The imaging will be postponed so that more image research can be conducted on the images themselves.

In other business Tuesday, Feb. 12, the council:

• Adopted an electronic funds wire transfer policy.

• Heard the municipal liquor store had a total profit of $19,482, according to the official audit.

• Learned Tim Anick was elected planning commission chair, and Duey Bendt was elected vice chair.

• Adopted updated zoning fees.

• Heard from Andy Hemphill, fire chief, that there were two fires and two medical calls in January.

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