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Emily City Council discusses emergency response

The Emily City Council approved the resignation of longtime firefighter Steve Whitney at the Feb. 11 regular meeting, thanking Whitney for his 27 years of dedicated service.

The council also approved an increase in the fire and first response contract rates from 2.347 percent to 2.5 percent, according to draft meeting minutes. The minutes said the increase is due to changes in tax capacity as reported by Crow Wing County.

The council agreed to have police officer Josh Herold serve as interim police chief until March 1 while the council reviews contract details with the Pequot Lakes Police Department. The council reviewed a draft of the contract with the Pequot Lakes Police Department and tabled further discussion until April.

At the meeting, it was mentioned that the city’s first response unit is looking to recruit new members.

In other business, the council:

• Announced there will be a meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission in April to discuss cost effectiveness of planning and zoning administration by Crow Wing County.

• Approved reimbursement to the Emily Food Shelf of $2,000 for unexpected costs associated with the leased former city hall.

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