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Manhattan Beach: Council sets levy, agrees to clerk recording device

The Manhattan Beach City Council set its preliminary 2018 levy at $70,000 during its Tuesday, Sept. 5, council meeting, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

Mayor Paul Allen said the city has consistently operated on $70,000 per year, and the council agreed not to change that number.

Clerk recording device

After months of discussion, the council agreed to let City Clerk Amy Wannebo purchase a recording device for meetings, according to the draft meeting minutes.

Wannebo found a device for $69 on that the council agreed to. She said the recording will not replace written meeting minutes but will assist with writing minutes. She added that if the council ever has a question or a dispute over an issue from a past meeting, the recording device can help.

Council member Barb Hanson-Wannebo asked if the recordings would be posted online, and Wannebo said she would like to post the recordings on the city website, as that is common practice in many cities. Hanson-Wannebo and council member Janis Allen were against posting the recordings online.

The council approved the purchase of a recording device for work-related projects only and agreed that the device will be used until the city comes up with a written policy. A policy will be drafted for the October council meeting.

In other business Sept. 5, the council:

• Tabled a discussion on whether council members are city employees or independent contractors until Wannebo can get more information.

• Agreed to move forward with buying two solar-powered speed control signs for Manhattan Beach, as the city gets a lot of traffic. Two signs would cost roughly $10,000, and the city would have to go through Crow Wing County to put them up. The council agreed that the signs sounded like a good idea.