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Emily: Council reacts to discovery of more zebra mussels

The Emily City Council discussed the discovery of more zebra mussels in Ruth Lake during the Sept. 8 meeting, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

The Emily City Council discussed the discovery of more zebra mussels in Ruth Lake during the Sept. 8 meeting, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

The mussels were discovered near a location where mussels were previously found in the same lake. Council member Jan Mosman initially made a motion to approve $10,000 to attempt to eliminate the invasive species. Discussion ensued, noting that current treatments are experimental.

There was also discussion to determine where the money would come from and whether or not this would start a precedence. Mosman amended her motion to further discuss the city's reaction at a special meeting. That meeting was held Sept 21.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to rent out space in the vacant city hall for storage at $50 per month.

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• Approved submittal of the pay equity report.

• Agreed to reorder the large water meter for the Emily Car Wash.

• Agreed to discuss resolutions and the city assurance agreement at a special meeting.

• Approved paying League of Minnesota Cities membership dues of $977.

• Approved Minnesota Mayor's Association membership dues of $430.

• Approved the clerk's attendance at the National Joint Powers Alliance wellness workshop in Baxter and the Region 2 meeting in Tower.

• Scheduled the city's 2015 truth in taxation hearing for Dec. 8.

• Approved a $274 quote to install a battery backup on the city clerk's network system.

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• Agreed to publish a boiler operator/city hall custodian/maintenance helper opening in the newspaper starting Nov. 1.

• Approved resignation of Doug Thompson.

• Approved hiring the National Joint Powers Alliance to serve as planning and zoning administrator with two half days in the office starting Nov. 1.

• Approved Lakes Gas as the city's propane vendor for 2015-16.

• Approved a preliminary tax levy at $961,033, an increase of 2.95 percent.

• Agreed to reduce Mary Ellem's "Uncle Tom's Cabin Corporation" appeal to planning and zoning fines down to a total of $600.

• Approved an estimate of $205 for work on the outer gym door.

• Approved a conditional use permit for a facility on Bucksnort.

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• Approved abandonment of the Oak Street Beach.

• Approved spending $4,820 for a squad camera.

• Noted the importance of clear lake accesses for fire trucks.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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