Jenkins: Council approves yearly appointments

Jenkins city hall. Echo Journal file photo

In its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 13, the Jenkins City Council approved its annual appointments.

Council member Donna Stricker was again named mayor pro-tem, while Charlie Hoffman will serve as liaison to the police, public works and park and recreation departments.

Dave Reese, of Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firms, remains the city engineer; Brad Person, of Breen and Person, Ltd., will continue as city attorney; and Miller McDonald, Inc. remains the city accountant.

Mayor Jon Lubke will serve as weed inspector and on the cemetery and personnel committees, as well as the cable commission. He will serve as representative on the Pequot Lakes Economic Development Committee.

City clerk-treasurer Krista Okerman will serve as zoning administrator.


Both the Echo Journal and the Northland Press were named the city’s official newspapers.

Lubke said the city is seeking additional members for the park and recreation committee.

The council also heard from Jay Norby, the District 5M9 Lions leadership team coordinator, who said they intend to ask community members about the formation of a Lions Club branch in Jenkins. Council members indicated they would be in favor of the potential branch’s formation.

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Approved changes to its compensation ordinance for the planning commission. Commissioners agreed their salary was “excessive” and said they would be willing to take a lesser salary. The city’s previous ordinance awarded commission members $150 per month and the commission chair $200 per month.

Beginning Feb. 1, commission members will receive $65 for each attended regular meeting and each called special or emergency meeting. The commission chair will receive $85. Additionally, members will receive $25 for a called city workshop, training seminar or conference.

  • Agreed to set a special meeting pertaining to dangerous dog designations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.

  • Set a meeting for the city’s 2020 work plan session for Monday, Feb. 3.

  • Approved the city’s annual contract with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. Okerman said the contract is virtually unchanged from the previous year.

  • Approved a shared maintenance agreement with the city of Pequot Lakes for public works services.

  • Agreed to send Okerman to the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association of Minnesota’s annual clerk’s conference, beginning Monday, March 16, at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at


Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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