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Highlights from the Pequot Lakes City Council Nov 9, 2010

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber

The Council, on Nov. 9, reviewed the preliminary budget and set the proposed tax levy, which would amount to a 2.13 percent increase. The proposed budget and levy was approved by a 4-1 vote. Council Member Tom Ryan was opposed, stating he would not approve any tax increases. The Council in December will set its 2011 final budget and levy. The levy amount cannot be increased from the preliminary amount but it can be decreased. To share comments about the proposed budget and levy, please contact Pequot Lakes City Council members or attend the December Council meeting.
In other action Nov. 9, the council:
• Heard from Sheila Haverkamp, executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp., who presented a BLADC update. She also presented the proposed 2011 contract for services with BLADC. The 2011 contract, in the amount of $6,750, was approved.
• Reviewed the Loitering Ordinance. Acting Chief Petersen said the ordinance is being proposed to address juvenile issues. Council Member Ryan questioned if the City could use the administrative citation rather than handling these as misdemeanors or petty misdemeanors. The matter was tabled for further discussion and to allow input from the City Attorney.
• Unanimously approved a resolution with Jenkins Township involving the 2011 Law Enforcement Contract, and Joint Powers Agreement, in the amount of $26,500.
• Unanimously approved the 2011 Law Enforcement Contract with the City of Jenkins in the amount of $40,000.
• Heard from the City Clerk that the Park Board has been discussing the idea of a playground system in Trailside Park. The Park Board has requested to designate the proceeds from the sale of the Chokecherry Trees toward some type of playground equipment. Council Member Malecha moved to designate the proceeds, $2,740, toward the purchase of equipment for Trailside Park. Council Member Sjoblad seconded the motion, which carried 4-1. Council Member Ryan said he was concerned with designating money in this manner.
For complete and detailed minutes of the Pequot Lakes Council meeting go to http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC;={DE5D2EA6-BD24-4EBB-845D-36608EF13489}&DE;={315518A6-6C0A-4A0F-BF12-EB61A914D84B}

Ruth Ann Hanson
rahanson@explorebrainerdlakes.com

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