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Fifty Lakes receives 32 applicants for maintenance position

Draft meeting minutes from the Fifty Lakes City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 9, show that council members received 32 applicants for the vacant city maintenance position.

They planned to review those applications, minutes show, on Tuesday, April 16, during a special meeting.

The council also discussed other personnel issues April 9, including the cost of living adjustment (COLA) the city had budgeted for employees but was not given out since a 2010 wage freeze.

Council member Jodie Schrupp asked the council to pay out the COLA, but draft minutes say the council voted 3-1 against Schrupp’s proposal.

Draft minutes also say the council agreed the personnel committee should review employee wages and the employee step system, and contact other cities for more information.

All council members were present at the meeting except Ken Hersey, who attended the meeting via Skype with limited participation

In other business April 9, draft minutes show the council:

• Accepted a cost-share agreement with Crow Wing County for bituminous seal coat on a portion of Kego Lake Road, Town Hall Road, the parking lot and the back alley with a cost estimate of $45,585.

• Heard a report from fire chief Andy Hemphill of one medical and one mutual aid fire in March.

• Agreed to hire a part-time summer bartender at an hourly rate not to exceed $8. The new employee will work between 8-16 hours a week.

• Approved spending $625 plus mileage reimbursement to go toward education for the planning commission and any council members who wish to attend classes.

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