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Emily City Council receives petition against nuisance ordinance

In response to a new nuisance ordinance passed at the July 9 council meeting, the Emily City Council on Aug. 13 received a petition against that ordinance, according to draft council minutes from the Aug. 13 meeting.

The council repealed the ordinance and began formation of a new committee.

The petition contained 321 signatures requesting that the council “immediately cease and desist, stop, remove, dissolve, and/or throw out the Nuisance Ordinance 802.2 series as written.”

Andrew Hemphill represented the petitioners.

Alex Sutton requested that the ordinance be rewritten. Eight more residents spoke during the public forum. A member of the committee behind the ordinance said only one person came to the meetings. He requested the ordinance stay in effect for a year.

In other business, according to meeting minutes, the council:

• Accepted the resignation of council member Bob Swanson due to health reasons. The council agreed to declare an opening.

• Learned that recycling bins in the city recently have been overfilled with trash instead of recyclables. The council discussed finding ways to remind residents that the recycling bins are for recyclables only. Mayor George Pepek asked that anyone seen throwing trash in the bins should be asked to stop and remove it. If the issue continues the recycling bins may be removed.

• Approved payment of $12,030.10 to Bruce Schwartzman of BKV and Jayson Revoir of Gopher State Contractors. This is part of a $16,030.10 retainage from remodeling Emily City Hall. The remainder of the amount will be paid once two doors with cracks are replaced.

• Approved a one-time exception for Screen Porch Productions not to have police coverage for a play and wine tasting with the condition that they sign a waiver of liability.

• Decided to offer the Emily Food Shelf a lease for the former Unity Bank building for $1 for 99 years. The food shelf will be allowed to expand the building.

• Decided it will no longer have animal control with Heartland Animal Rescue Team or animal control officer Donald Hannahs.