Nisswa: Sewer service rates going up
City planner Brittney Cotner resigns
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 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.
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.
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