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Fifty Lakes approves County Road 3 reconstruction plan

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The Fifty Lakes City Council approved Crow Wing County’s plan to reconstruct County Road 3 within city limits, according to the July 9 meeting minutes.

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The council had received a petition at its June 11 meeting from around 75 people who use the road, requesting that the council ask the county to reconstruct the road within a 66-foot right-of-way, rather than a 100-foot right-of-way as planned.

Minutes from the June 11 meeting show the county project manager, Mark Melby, told the council that the post office would receive a notice to vacate the property within 90 days with an estimated date of March 2014. Minutes show Melby told the council both the county and Minnesota Department of Transportation would aid in relocating the post office.

The July 9 minutes say Crow Wing County Senior Engineer Steve Stroschein told the council that if the design for the County Road 3 reconstruction plan were to change, the project would be pushed back and placed on a five-year plan, with no known date of when it would be completed.

The council chose to stay with the current design. All council members voted in favor of moving ahead with the project except council member Jodie Schrupp.

Public safety

The Fifty Lakes Fire Department reported two medicals in June and one in July as of July 9. One fire smoke alarm had also been received. The department received one fire call, four medical calls and two mutual aid calls in May.

July 9 meeting minutes show the council discussed ways to get public opinion on the purchase of emergency warning sirens. Mayor Ken Hersey and council member Jay Weinmann planned to work with deputy clerk Ann Raph to create a public survey for the city’s website, and also planned to discuss holding a public hearing.

In other business July 9, minutes show the council:

• Accepted a right-of-way acquisition offer from the county for its work on County Road 3 in the amount of $900 for a permanent easement and $400 for a temporary easement on city property.

• Reviewed and made changes to the city’s health insurance policy and dental insurance policy for city employees. Whereas the city had been paying 100 percent of full-time or salaried employees’ health care, the city will now pay 90 percent of the coverage and the employee will pay 10 percent, for six months following the July 9 meeting.

Thereafter, those employees will pay 20 percent of the cost of coverage and the city will pay 80 percent. Employees who work more than 32 hours but less than 40 will have responsibility for 30 percent of their own healthcare, with the city paying 70 percent, and will pay 50 percent of family coverage, with the city paying the other 50 percent. Employees who qualify for dental insurance will pay 50 percent of the premium.

City clerk Karen Stern said employee healthcare benefits are generally reviewed annually.

• Appointed Andy Levesque to the planning commission.

In other business at its June 11 meeting, minutes show the council:

• Sold the city’s 1992 backhoe for $18,000.

• Appointed Bob Stancer to the planning and zoning commission. Stancer had been an alternate. The council also accepted the resignation of Duey Bendt from the planning and zoning commission.

• Heard the fire department turned down a request to cover Timothy Township, as Ideal Township is better equipped to cover that area.

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