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Council approves gravel for Half Mile Road

The Jenkins City Council on Monday, June 10, approved an $8,505 bid from Swenson Aggregate & Construction, LLC to improve Half Mile Road, which includes adding 900 yards of Class 1 gravel to be compacted and topped with dust control.

“It receives more traffic than people realize,” said council member Gary Brown.

Mayor Jon Lubke agreed, and the council appointed Kendall Swenson of Swenson Aggregate & Construction to improve the road this week.

In other business June 10, the council:

• Approved the bylaws for the Planning and Zoning Commission, which has been renamed the Jenkins P&Z. The commission advises the council on matters relating to planning and zoning.

Krista Okerman, city clerk and zoning administrator, said the commission is looking for new members to join the five-member commission. Without new members or interest from residents, Okerman said the city would consider transferring the responsibilities of the commission to Crow Wing County.

• Discussed the possibility of purchasing a root grapple. Lubke agreed with the council to table the concept of purchasing the grapple for the time being and suggested the city could rent one if necessary.

• Approved the purchase of a new truck. Public Works representative Roger Olmscheid said the current truck, a 1994 Ford F-350 with 193,000 miles, will not run. Okerman said the truck has cost the city $5,700 in repairs and towing since the fall of 2010.

The council agreed to allocate up to $25,000 to buy a new Ford F-350 truck, which was listed under the state of Minnesota bid through Midway Ford of Roseville.