Hiring a compliance officer for the Nisswa Planning & Zoning Department will be considered in the 2020 budgeting process, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes from the city council’s Wednesday, June 19, meeting.

Council member Don Jacobson said he requested the position last year but it didn’t make it through the budget process. He wants to provide the city’s new planning and zoning administrator, Brittney Cotner, with temporary/short-term assistance to clean up a two-year backlog of issues and complaints.

City Administrator Jenny Max said Cotner is making progress in completing several clean-up projects and working on the to-do list from the planning commission. She said that from a long-term perspective, the compliance officer position may be necessary.

Max is developing a tentative 2020 budget timeline and will provide that to the council for input.

Public safety

Nisswa police had 235 calls for service in May. Activity included 18 agency assists, 18 traffic citations, 81 traffic warnings, 14 criminal citations and 11 arrests.

The Nisswa Fire Department had 28 calls in May, including 13 emergency medical services calls, seven vehicle accidents, four fire alarms, two structure fires and one each carbon monoxide call and grass fire.

Fire Chief Shawn Bailey reported the department hopes to start a drone program in July to help with firefighting.

In other business June 19, according to the meeting minutes, the council:

  • Learned that Deputy City Clerk Maggi Wentler received her certified clerk designation from the Minnesota Clerks and Financial Officers Association.

  • Learned Crow Wing County wants to help local cities with the administration of the Wetland Conservation Act and will provide the city with a cost estimate by mid-July for 2020 budgeting.

  • Learned that Severson Porter Law will provide prosecution services for the city under the same contract the city previously had with Matt Mallie, who was appointed to a Ninth Judicial District judge’s seat.

  • Approved a request from ETOC Co. Inc. to name a new private road at Grand View Lodge “Ronnei Road.”

  • Agreed to support a Department of Natural Resources Parks & Trails Legacy Grant application.

  • Approved a quote from Schlenner Wenner & Co for $13,950 for the 2019 audit and $14,500 for the 2020 audit, plus state reporting fees. Council member Don Jacobson noted a 10% increase for the first year and a 4% increase the second year. Max said the quote was competitive, Schlenner Wenner does a great job for the city, and she would like to continue working with that firm to maintain consistency for the next couple of years. Then the city could possibly offer a three- or five-year cycle for requests for proposals.

  • Agreed to remove the south sidewalks from the Highway 371 and County State Aid Highways 13/77 intersection project for an estimated savings of $26,701.

  • Met in closed session to consider an offer for property purchase.