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Jenkins will seek matching grant for park plan

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The Jenkins City Council authorized its clerk, Krista Okerman, to apply for a matching $5,000 grant that would fund a parks plan for the city. The council met Monday, Oct. 14.

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Okerman said she already sent one letter to the Initiative Foundation, which wrote back asking for a full proposal.

The money would be used to develop a plan for the city’s parks. It would allow the city to hire a consultant to work with the city’s parks board, council and staff to draft a master park plan.

Okerman said the city has the baseball field by Veterans Park and a six-acre lot abutting that park. The city could look into trail connections and seeking more grants for playground equipment or other features.

In other business Oct. 14, the council:

• Approved annual contracts for animal control services and police coverage. Police coverage will cost the same as the last contract, at $42,000, from the Pequot Lakes Police Department. Animal control went up about $17, to $239.25.

• Requested to be removed from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) project priority list. The city has no pending projects, so it asked to be removed at the suggestion of the MPCA.

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