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East Gull Lake Council discusses wastewater issues

The East Gull Lake City Council discussed wastewater issues at its regular January meeting, according to draft minutes.

Discussion began concerning proposed updates to an existing wastewater treatment facility on Squaw Point. Public works superintendent Joel Jasmer said the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is requiring a phosphorous limit on the Squaw Point sewage treatment plant before permit renewal for the facility will go through.

It was noted a facility plan will be done over the year. Council member Dennis Lang asked if the facility plan needed to go out for bids. It was noted that work over $50,000 needs to go out for bids, according to state statute.

Mayor Dave Kavanaugh said the city could reduce cost of the facility plan by hiring city engineer Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH). SEH is familiar with the history of the City.

SEH engineer Jeff Ledin said that SEH also has a staff member who would be able to help the city acquire grants for the project.

Council member Jim Ruttger asked if the city needed a facility plan. Ledin said the MPCA would need a plan for permit renewal.

No decisions were made.

Ledin said the North Long Lake Sewer District has sent a sewer plant construction plan to the MPCA and is waiting for a grant to be approved. The plant could be constructed this spring.

Discussion ensued about the possibility of the city contracting to operate the North Long Lake Sewer District system. The city could expect an income of $2,000 per month plus some cost to the city.

In other business, the council:

• Noted that the mileage rate decreased from 2013 to 56 cents per mile.

• Appointed Gammello, Qualley, Pearson & Mallak as city attorney.

• Approved a cost-of-living wage increase of 1.5 percent, effective Jan. 1.

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