Nisswa: City hires planning/zoning administrator. Council approves updated comprehensive plan
Nisswa recently hired Brittney Cotner as planning and zoning administrator, and she began working for the city Monday, May 13.
Cotner, of Redwood Falls, graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor's Degree in urban and regional studies.
Nisswa has an updated comprehensive plan to guide the city's future development.
The council adopted the comprehensive plan Wednesday, May 15, based upon the planning commission's recommendation.
The previous comprehensive plan dated back to 2007. Though it was updated in 2017, after nearly a year of work the council voted 3-2 in December 2017 not to adopt the plan but rather to send it back to the planning commission for further revisions. Four of the five council members need to vote for the plan for it to be adopted.
A comprehensive plan is an expression of a community's vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision. Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant and economical environment for residents to live, work and play.
The council approved a quote from Anderson Brothers for $174,329 for road improvements to Lower Cullen Road and Nisswa Lake Lane.
The council also accepted a proposal from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for engineering services for road infrastructure improvements throughout Grand View Lodge at Nokomis, Woodward, Forest and West Linden not to exceed $15,500.
Summer hours at city hall are in effect through Aug. 30, with city hall closing at noon Fridays.
Nate Huges and Adam Kainulainen joined the Nisswa Fire Department.
Firefighters had 22 calls in April: 16 emergency medical services calls, three alarms, one grass fire and mutual aid house fires in Mission Township and Brainerd.
Nisswa police activity in April included: 23 agency assists, 215 calls for service, eight criminal citations, 19 traffic warnings, 110 warnings, six arrests, 11 EMS calls and seven alarms.
In other business May 15, the council:
• Heard a presentation from Public Works Director Tom Blomer about his department's activities.
• Agreed to stagger terms of the city's Public Works Committee, which was created in 2018, so all members' terms won't end at the same time.
• Renewed liquor licenses.
• Agreed to ask Crow Wing County to administer the Wetland Conservation Act for the city starting in 2020 after the county Soil and Water Conservation District said it would no longer do so. Other area cities are doing the same.
The council also approved a proposed fee schedule from Widseth Smith Nolting engineering to administer the Wetland Conservation Act if needed.
• Discussed the city's prosecution services contract. The city needs a new firm for prosecuting services because Matt Mallie, who holds the current contract, was appointed to a Ninth Judicial District judge's seat. Nisswa is working with Brainerd and Baxter on this.