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City of Emily discusses county administered planning and zoning

The Emily City Council in December approved an investigation into the costs of having Crow Wing County administer the city's planning and zoning, according to a summary of the draft meeting minutes.

There will be a joint council and planning and zoning meeting to discuss findings of the investigation.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted a final tax levy for 2014 of $910,297, a 3.83 percent increase over the 2013 levy. The levy total includes $692,050 in the general fund, $61,512 in the sewer fund, $25,400 in the permanent improvement bond series 2005A, $65,952 in the G.O. Sewer Revenue Bond 2006, and $65,383 in the CIP & Improvements REF Bond.

• Agreed to vacate a roadway located on residential property contingent on the resident agreeing to grant an easement to Prinzing Cartway.

• Approved the 2014 Road Improvements Feasibility study with Short Elliott Hendrickson for $7,500.

• Learned that Mayor George Pepek will contact Crow Wing Recycling because the city did not receive as much as initially indicated for the community cleanup day recycling and the city was not supposed to be charged for truck time.

• Approved an addendum to the union contract adding part-time boiler operator/city hall custodian/maintenance helper and utility billing/office assistant positions.

• Approved pay increases for the fire chief to $1,400, assistant fire chief to $600, and second assistant training officer to $300 per year.

• Approved a pay increase for the first response chief and assistant chief per budgeted wages for 2014.

• Agreed to form a group to discuss the costs of a DNR water quality study consisting of State Rep. Joe Radinovich, DNR representatives, council members and at least six residents of equally conflicting or unbiased views. The city will advertise using the city website and by placing postings around town.

• Accepted resignation of Tom Hintz from the fire department as of Jan. 1 and approved placement of an ad in the newspaper for additional firefighters.

• Accepted resignation of Police Chief Kyle Larson as of Feb. 1 with thanks.

• Approved creation of a group to research watercraft inspection grants and requirements.

• Learned the food shelf will remove and dispose of the vault door in the old bank building.

• Approved a $500 credit on each city hall door that was delivered damaged and had been repaired.