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Fifty Lakes: Council fills planning commission vacancy

The Fifty Lakes City Council filled a vacancy on the planning commission and discussed the temporary healthcare dwellings legislation at its regular council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to the approved meeting minutes.

The Fifty Lakes City Council filled a vacancy on the planning commission and discussed the temporary healthcare dwellings legislation at its regular council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to the approved meeting minutes.

After council member Don Reierson vacated his place on the planning commission to fill a council seat, one application came in to fill Reierson's previous post. The council approved the appointment of Bill Leadens to the planning commission. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Reierson discussed with the council the temporary healthcare dwellings legislation that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law earlier this year. Though many area cities have opted out of the legislation, the planning commission recommended the council not opt out.

After discussion, council members decided they need more information on the law and will contact the city attorney for clarification. No action was taken.

In other business Aug. 16, the council:

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• Decided to hire the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples to update the existing comprehensive plan for $2,000 after reviewing the possibility with Ashley Kaisershot, planning and zoning specialist with NJPA.

• Accepted termination of employment from three employees at Fifty Lakes Bar - Dusty Harper, Tammy Rue and Kari Baker, all members of the serving staff.

• Reviewed the amended 2016 audit report and decided to pay CDS City Auditor $10,039 for audit services with a request to itemize the additional $2,139 for extra services.

• Approved a payment of $850 to Connections Consulting for the employee handbook and job descriptions, with the understanding the council will move forward to compete the approval and changes required.

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Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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