The Backus City Council made public two resignations at its Monday, July 6, meeting.
Included in the meeting documents was the announcement of the resignation of Gail Leverson as executive director of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation.
The city has had a working relationship with Leverson through many economic development discussions, including securing tax increment financing for local businesses and pursuit of small cities grants for local businesses and residents.
The corporation informed the council that Lisa Stenzel, office manager, is working to guarantee the small cities grant continues as planned.
The Cass County Economic Development Corporation is seeking a new executive director.
After months of absence, the council received notification July 2 of the resignation of Lee Bundy as city wastewater/sewer operator. A news release from the Pine River Area Sanitary District (PRASD) explained that Bundy is leaving PRASD to become a wastewater operator on his own, effective Aug. 1. The news release said Bundy enjoys hands-on work as an operator but is fatigued by additional managerial duties.
In his absence, PRASD has contracted consulting services of John Monnier, "an award-winning water/wastewater operator with over 30 years of experience in the field" to oversee operations.
In other business Monday, the council:
• Was informed that one of the city's water wells will be under service and not operating July 14-17.
• Discussed options for enforcing nuisance ordinances, including yard mowing, dog walkers leaving dog waste in streets and cleanup of a fire damaged building in town. The council has reached out to the concerned parties related to three complaints and has received acknowledgement from all but one. The other individuals, whose lawn has exceeded city ordinances, are out of the country.
• Agreed to install locks with a shared master key for the city town homes so that firefighters and first responders can gain access to the buildings in case of emergencies.
• Approved painting and recarpeting for a newly vacant town home.
• Reviewed a request to allow a resident to move a building to within 3 feet of his neighbor's building to reduce use of that area as an alleyway. The city chose to maintain the 10-foot minimum in accordance with city ordinances.
• Approved renewal of Willard's liquor license.
• Approved wastewater project refinancing.
• Approved a wastewater loan compliance policy.
• Accepted donations to the fire department and first response.