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Jenkins council discusses collaborating for police coverage

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The Jenkins City Council learned Monday, March 10, that cities do not have the authority to appropriate taxpayer dollars for donations.

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In the past, the city has made contributions to Pequot Lakes Grad Blast through the Police Fine Fund. City Clerk Krista Okerman informed the council that this practice is technically not allowed.

Council member Gary Hart asked what was not allowable. Okerman explained that they were not able to donate to nonprofit organizations or groups. Hart asked if they could make donations that were not monetary.

Okerman said they may be considered, dependent upon the donation.

Mayor Jon Lubke said he thought the event could be seen as a public safety event. The council agreed. Okerman said there may be alternatives to discuss in the future.

No decision was finalized at the meeting.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Agreed to issue liquor licenses for A-Pine Family Restaurant, Northland Liquor, Underdogs Bar & Grill, VFW Post 3839, AmericInn and Wildwedge Golf Course.

• Accepted a decision to classify two parcels of tax-forfeited land as non-conservation.

• Learned that state Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and state Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, supported a bill to request a change to a bill relating to a city’s authority to perform snow removal services. The bill is important for the city of Jenkins.

Travis Grimler can be reached at travis.grimler@pineandlakes.com. Follow him at facebook.com/PEJTravis and on Twitter @PEJ_Travis.

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