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Emily accepts resignation of clerk, fire fighter

The Emily City Council accepted the resignation of City Clerk Patricia Kestner, Tuesday, June 11, as of the end of July.

Kestner has been with the City of Emily for eight years. Prior to her time with the city, she worked as an accountant in the Twin Cities. Kestner moved into her area lake home following her husband’s retirement.

Kestner resigned so that she can move back to the Twin Cities to be with family. She offered to work with the council into the month of August to assist with training, so long as she is still located in Emily.

The clerk/treasurer position will be posted, and applications will be accepted until June 30.

In other business June 11, the city:

•Presented a plaque to retiring police chief Bill Bernhjelm in honor of his nine years of service with the city. The council meeting marked his last day. This marked the end of 43 years of law enforcement for Bernhjelm. New police Chief Kyle Larson thanked Bernhjelm.

•Accepted the resignation of volunteer fire fighter Alex Sutton and thanked him for his service.

•Approved a connection of the city sewer system to property owned by Scott and Mary Eppen using their present sewer line, without inspection.

•Approved a land use ordinance amendment. The prior ordinance said that there must be 75 percent leaf coverage within the shore impact zone, bluff impact zone, and wetland setback in order to retain scenic beauty. The new amendment added additional details regarding leaf cover, stormwater filtration, property development, and even care of vegetation.

•Agreed to have a thank-you letter drafted and sent to the Outing Volunteer Library for their donations of books and turnstiles for the Emily Library.

At their May 14 regular meeting, the City learned that the Leech Lake Watershed Foundation intended to preserve a 105-acre parcel of land on Lake Roosevelt.

Paula West of the foundation presented the idea to the council. The land is being donated to the foundation by the Eggers Family. The city agreed to send a letter of support.

The Council also approved a resolution from Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lakes Association for the aquatic invasive species inspections on Lake Roosevelt.

In other news May 14, the council:

•Approved the purchase of a new fire hose for the amount of $1,200.

•Approved repair of the fire jeep for $2,000.

•Approved a request by St. Emily Catholic Church to have Lake Street blocked for a church festival so long as the residents on the street still had access to their property.

•Approved Kyle Larson as the new permanent part time police chief. Larson will have a contract to work less than 30 hours over a two week pay period at $22 an hour.

•Approved Resolution 13-18 Accepting Donations for their Open House from Jim Haw of Haw’s Café, S.E.H., Gerhart Hanson, Emily Firemen’s Relief Association, Luverne Stenstad, Mary Winters, Joe Russell and George Pepek. The donations in cash totaled $1,175.

•Received a bid to purchase a John Deere Front end mower for $19,023.75 from the city maintenance department. The council requires the maintenance department to submit another bid.

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