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Emily: Council discusses parking issues

The Emily City Council heard of concerns with the State Aid Highway 6 and County Road 1 intersection, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes for September.

There were concerns that construction of bollards on the west side of Emily Meats might prohibit customers from exiting Emily Meats' small parking area. Local resident Fran Barrett requested the city work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for another option. Customers have been exiting the parking lot using the pedestrian crosswalk ramps, which is not safe or legal.

Emily Meats customers can also use the city's public parking lot across State Highway 6. The Log Cabin is also working with MnDOT to find a solution to a flooding issue.

In other business, the council:

• Hired Wesley Friesner as a firefighter pending pre-employment screening results.

• Approved a fire truck lease payment of $34,664.96 to Santander leasing.

• Approved payment of $300 to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for half of the cost of a refresher course for three first response members. Crooked Lake Township will pay the other half.

• Approved the resignation of first responder Bob Dahlsgaard.

• Accepted a $4,000 donation from the Outing Chamber of Commerce to the Emily First Responders to buy an automatic chest compression machine.

• Approved a police chief employment agreement with an increase in salary from $950.40 to $1,092 per week.

• Agreed to change the city public parking lot exit ramp onto State Highway 6 into an entrance and exit ramp.

• Appointed Amber Butcher to the park commission.

• Approved purchase of propane from Ferrellgas for $1.32 per gallon.