Nisswa: Sewer service rates going up

City planner Brittney Cotner resigns

Nisswa's roundabout sign, file photo. (December 2020).

Nisswa residents and businesses will pay higher sewer service rates in 2022.

The city council on Tuesday, Dec. 21, adopted an increase in sewer service rates to $178.68 per equivalent residential connection per quarter. This reflects a 9.5% increase from the 2021 rate of $163.18 per ERC per quarter.

Also effective Jan. 1, sewer connection fees will be $11,500 per ERC and $16,000 per ERC depending on boundaries.

City planner

City Planner Brittney Cotner resigned effective Dec. 25 to join Sourcewell in Staples.

Cotner previously resigned in February to join Sourcewell, but then stayed with the city when her position was changed from planning and zoning administrator to city planner with a higher salary.


City Administrator Jenny Max told the council the city has received a handful of applicants for the city planner position.

Public safety

Police in November reported 191 calls for service, 24 agency assists, one criminal citation, 12 traffic citations, 88 traffic warnings, 11 arrests, eight emergency medical services calls and 8,667 patrol miles.

Firefighters reported 39 calls in November, including 31 emergency medical services calls, three car accidents, one house fire and one brush fire.

In other business Dec. 21, the council:

  • Learned applications are being taken for two openings on the Parks Commission for terms that will start in February.

  • Reappointed Gary Harris to the Planning Commission for a four-year term.

  • Approved a labor agreement between the city and Minnesota Public Employees Association Supervisor’s Unit.

  • Accepted a $2,000 donation from the Nisswa Lions Club for Noptic purchase for police (a system that enables police to conduct stealth surveillance at night) and $100 from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

  • Confirmed Mike Wagener, public works supervisor, and Mike Deck, wastewater supervisor, as department supervisors, removing both from a six-month probationary status.

  • Learned the wastewater treatment facility improvement project likely will come in $200,000 under budget.

  • Learned a Nisswa fourth-grader submitted an essay to the League of Minnesota Cities on the topic of being mayor for a day. That student will be invited to read her essay at the January council meeting.

  • Set 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, for a reorganizational meeting.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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