The Manhattan Beach City Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, was temporarily put on hold for a public hearing regarding a gas franchise agreement with Northern States Power Company to be voted on later that evening.

Approximately four residents attended the public hearing, according to the unapproved draft meeting minutes.

Kevin Larson asked what the franchise agreement involved, and Mayor Paul Allen explained that it is a renewal of a standing agreement to use services provided by Northern States Power Company, with the only difference being there will not be any special assessment this time, according to the minutes.

Doug Wannebo asked how long this agreement would last, and city clerk-treasurer Amy Wannebo said 20 years.

Allen confirmed there would not be any fees associated with the agreement.

No written comments were submitted, according to the minutes.

After the regular meeting reconvened following the public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve the gas franchise agreement.

In other business, according to the minutes, the council:

• Approved monthly expense claims for October.

• Heard an update regarding Big Trout Lake storm water. Changes were made to the memorandum of understanding between the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and the city to protect them both.

• Approved the language and design of proposed postcards for the city.

• Resolved to pass the Crow Wing County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which updates every five years.

• Renewed the League of Minnesota Cities insurance policy.

• Signed the annual Sourcewell planning and zoning shared services agreement with no changes made.