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Thomas resigns from Backus City Council

The Backus City Council on Monday, April 1, regretfully accepted the resignation of council member James Thomas effective immediately. Thomas is moving out of state.

Thomas served on the council for two years and four months.

The council declared a vacancy. Interested parties should stop at city hall for information and to apply. The council will require a background check.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Approved payment of a $2,992.69 bill to Schrupp Excavating for repair of a water main that broke on church property. Because the main was improperly installed, and because it was installed improperly by a non-city employee, the cost of the repairs will be rebilled to Lakeside Baptist Church.

• Acknowledged and accepted a donation on behalf of the Backus Fire Department from the Borman family in memory of Pat Borman. The $2,000 donation was designated for the purchase of new fryers for the annual smelt fry. The council also expressed thanks and appreciation for the donation.

• Accepted the resignation of Todd Sawyer, a firefighter with the Backus Fire Department for 26 years. Retirees get a plaque and are welcome to continue attending fire department events.

• Agreed to hire Derek Stockman for the Backus Fire Department.

• Agreed to send a letter to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency explaining the progress of the wastewater project, highlighting milestones along the way, and describing the steps to come. This letter was written because the wastewater permit for the city required a notice to proceed to be submitted by Sept. 1, 2012. This notice was delayed, but is expected to be forthcoming once a review is completed for the project. The letter is meant to demonstrate to the MPCA that the city is moving forward with the project.

• Approved the replacement of light fixtures at the fire hall and installation of a heater in the office at a cost of $2,440. The fixtures are outdated and ballasts may be hard to replace soon.

• Acknowledged and accepted donations from Deerfield Township and Emmanuel Lutheran Church on behalf of the Backus First Responders. Deerfield Township donated $250, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church donated $177.

• Approved a request by Jenkins Northern Post 3839 Veterans of Foreign Wars to declare May 10 and 11 as Buddy Poppy Day.