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Fifty Lakes: Council approves cost of living increase

In their Tuesday, Feb. 10, meeting, the Fifty Lakes City Council agreed to grant a 1.8 percent cost of living increase to the salaries of all city employees, effective immediately and retroactive to Jan. 1, according to the council's draft minutes.

In their Tuesday, Feb. 10, meeting, the Fifty Lakes City Council agreed to grant a 1.8 percent cost of living increase to the salaries of all city employees, effective immediately and retroactive to Jan. 1, according to the council's draft minutes.

The issue came up in the council's January meeting, but after some discussion, Mayor Tim Anick asked to table the issue, citing his desire to review before making a decision.

Council member Greg Buchite abstained from voting on this topic, but all others on the council voted in favor of the increase.

The council also agreed to accept a proposal from Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger & Knudson, P.A. from Brainerd as the official city attorney, choosing their proposal over another from Pemberton Law from Fergus Falls. Their costs for legal counsel for this year will be $190 per hour, $100 per hour for paralegal work and $65 per hour for legal assistant time.

They decided to refrain from taking action on two proposals for city auditor, one from Mathias C. Justin, Ltd and the other from Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing PLLP (CDS), the latter of which came into the city nine days after the deadline. A motion was initially put forth to accept the proposal from CDS, but that motion was rescinded.

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In other action, the council unanimously agreed to accept the emergency operations plan for 2015 with the addition of 50 Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop, Eagle Lake Lodge and Fairways.

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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