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April 19, 2019

3/28/2019 12:57:00 PM
Mediation resolves some of Lindstrom's growth plan; appointing, hiring on agenda

Lindstrom is part-way to resolving a set of contested annexations, the city council heard last week.  City Administrator John Olinger brought an annexation agreement for some properties that Chisago Lake Township opposed coming into the city.   Olinger reminded council six parcels were part of a boundary adjustment process and four had been opposed by the township.  

City Attorney Amy Schutt said mediation for “islands” of relatively small pieces of township land,  will result in the city making payments annually of $3,457 to Chisago Lake Township to ease the loss of property tax over the next four years.

In filling a vacancy on the city Economic Development Authority the city council needed two motions.
First, Councilmember AnnMarie Brink motioned to place John Hasselbeck, but it failed 2-3. David Waldoch was the other yes vote. Former mayor/applicant Keith Carlson was then put forward by Laurie Burington and his nomination was approved 3-2.

There is a newly-vacant seat just opened on the city planning commission with the resignation of Kevin Backer, who said he’s served for 10 years and it’s time for a fresh voice.  

Applicant Hasselbeck will be invited to apply for this, along with any member of the public who wants-- may also submit a letter of interest.

City Engineer Jon Herdegen announced upcoming neighborhood meetings in an on-going process to workout issues with utilities and easements, etc. in the area of the RoseHill senior living development.  The build-plans have not been submitted yet for this senior assisted living development off South Lindstrom Lake at the old resort site.

The council unanimously hired a new event coordinator, Pauline Hinsch, who has volunteered in the past for Karl Oskar Days activities.  Olinger said five interviews were conducted in search of a new event coordinaor and Hinsch offered the most knowledge, plus as a middle school instructor, has time in summer to devote to KO Days.  

The city severed ties with the former events coordinator, after it was reported she had been charged for financial fraud related to bingo at a charitable gaming site in Roseville.

A public works staffer was also approved for hire 5-0, as recommended by Matt Fraley, Public Works Director.  There were 19 applicants.  Paul Lord, who worked had for the city earlier, was approved.
Fraley said the department is back up to full strength. Council was advised that complaints from residents about poor snow clearing this winter, were mostly attributable to being short an employee in public works.

Administrator Olinger wants to bring on a high school student for a staffing gap in the afternoons at city hall, to help with answering phones and clerking duties.  

Council approved of the concept, and members were excited to expose young people to government and  provide opportunity for employment.   Olinger will work out the details with a high school work skills advisor to get the word out and find a good candidate.

Newly sworn-in Lakes Area Police Officer Tiffany Larson also met the council last week. She fills a slot open from a retirement and brings experience from her former post with the Dilworth, MN P.D.

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