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Jenkins council has vacancy due to death

The untimely death of council member Gary Brown was an important subject at the Jan. 13 regular meeting of the Jenkins City Council.

Brown was appointed to fill a council vacancy in June of 2012 and was then elected to the position in November 2012. His term would have ended in January 2015. He died from complications from a stroke.

City Clerk Krista Okerman said, “Gary was an integral part of the city of Jenkins and the city council. He came from a family of public service as his father served as the mayor of Jenkins years ago. Gary was a lifelong resident of Jenkins. His passion and dedication to the city and its residents was unwavering. He will be greatly missed.”

Okerman prepared a draft advertisement seeking applicants to fill the vacancy. She also asked the council for a resolution to declare the vacancy.

Okerman informed the council that there were openings in the appointments because of the council vacancy. There were only two people on the planning commission.

She recommended the city turn planning and zoning services over to Crow Wing County.

Mayor Jon Lubke suggested they stress the lack of commissioners in the city’s annual newsletter. There was a discussion with the city attorney.

The council adopted the resolution setting 2014 appointments with changes, leaving the current city attorney in place but sending out a request for proposals for legal services.

The council has not yet received applications to fill the council vacancy.

In other business Jan. 13, the council:

• Learned from Pequot Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Turcotte that there have been burglaries in the area. He said AAA Rental had a trailer stolen, and then recovered.

He asked the council and residents to look out for neighbors and report anything suspicious.

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