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City will provide staff with cell phone stipend

The Crosslake City Council decided Monday night, Sept. 23, to provide employees with a $30 a month cell phone stipend.

Contracting city administrator Dan Vogt said that he met with department heads and heard that many staff members use their personal cell phones for city business.

He said that in other cities he’s worked in, the city had provided a stipend.

The council agreed to provide the stipend monthly beginning Oct. 1.

In other business Sept. 23, the council:

• Approved an on-sale, one-day liquor license to Immaculate Heart Church for its wild game dinner. Mayor Darrell Schneider abstained from the vote because of his affiliations with the church.

• Decided to hold off on paving the community center parking lot until spring. Parks, Recreation and Library director Jon Henke told the council that the city engineer expected better construction bids in the spring, and that this way construction wouldn’t affect the Monster Dash, one of the community center’s biggest events, in October.

• Decided to release $10,000 in payment the city had been withholding from Anderson Brothers for construction on the tennis courts at the community center. Henke said that, after further inspection and tests, the water ponding on the courts was within standard regulation.

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