The Nisswa City Council learned Crow Wing County will take over the city’s recycling program in 2021 and will possibly move the facility, according to a public works written report.

No more information was available as the city is waiting to hear more details.

City clerk

The council on Wednesday, Jan. 15, agreed to hire Jonathan Stainbrook as city clerk at an annual salary of $48,256. He will start with the city Monday, Feb. 3. The council agreed in November to create this position.

Stainbrook has experience with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office as senior technical/administrative specialist and as Todd County coordinator. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in government relations and a master’s degree of divinity.

The council accepted the resignation of Donna Caron, administrative assistant. The council doesn’t plan to replace the position since it hired a clerk.

Public safety

Fire Chief Shawn Bailey provided a presentation, recapping 2019 and sharing other information about the department. Highlights for the year included getting a new fire truck and a thermal imaging drone.

The department had 337 calls in 2019: 181 calls in Nisswa, 105 calls in Lake Edward Township and 51 calls in Lake Shore. The majority of calls are for emergency medical services.

The department’s focus for 2020 includes membership recruitment and retention, ensuring the department is current in innovation and technology, and increasing the focus on safety and situational awareness.

In December, firefighters had 30 calls: 23 EMS calls, two gas leak calls, three car crashes, one house fire and one chimney fire.

Council member Gary Johnson was absent from the Jan. 15 meeting.

In other action Jan. 15, the council:

  • Recognized employee anniversaries: Lani Thomsen, The Pickle Factory, 35 years; Corey Larson, public works, five years; and Brian Farrell, Spirits of Nisswa, five years.

  • Accepted a petition and set a public hearing regarding vacating a portion of Pine Avenue in the plat of Nisswa Park. The city received a petition signed by the majority of property owners who abut the platted road. The public hearing will be at the council’s next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

  • Approved a Crow Wing County joint powers agreement for inter-city emergency mutual aid; and renewed a public works joint powers agreement between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes.

  • Approved election judges’ pay for 2020 at $12 per hour for the March 3 presidential primary, Aug. 11 state primary and Nov. 3 general election.

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