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Council approves emergency operations plan

The Fifty Lakes City Council decided to adopt a new emergency operations plan drafted by Richard Schiller, the city’s emergency director, according to draft minutes from the council’s Aug. 13 meeting.

Draft minutes also say the council reviewed a survey about a potential new emergency warning siren system. The council decided to publish the survey online, have a hard copy at the city clerk’s desk and at the post office, and post a link to the survey on the city’s website.

The council stipulated that the survey would include the dollar amount of tax increase to taxpayers for the project, draft minutes show.

A report on the project, available on the city’s website, states the project is estimated at $83,480 to $102,270. That includes five sirens, which would be necessary to cover the entire city.

The report also states that the city currently has one siren at the fire hall, but that siren is too small and isn’t working properly.

In other business Aug. 13, draft minutes show the council:

• Scheduled a special meeting for budget discussions at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

• Made a donation of $250 to the county sheriff’s mounted patrol for its attendance at Fifty Lakes Days.

• Discussed water-oriented structures. The council decided that in instances where a structure cannot be proven to be nonconforming through investigation by the complainant or the zoning administrator, the city will place a letter in the parcel file of the property saying the structure has been investigated and will be considered a structure of record, and no additional enforcement will be taken against that structure.

• Heard that planning and zoning administrator Gordy Reller had submitted his resignation, but that council member Jay Weinmann and mayor Ken Hersey planned to work things out with Reller and renegotiate his position.