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Pequot Lakes: City won't get rental property ordinance

Pequot Lakes will not get a rental property ordinance at this time.

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Monday, Feb. 5, affirmed the planning commission's recommendation not to pursue such an ordinance. Council member Mimi Swanson was opposed after asking how complaints would be handled.

The council asked the planning commission to look into a rental property ordinance after receiving complaints. Zoning Specialist Dawn Bittner said the commission spent a lot of time looking at other communities' ordinances before determining the city didn't need one now.

Public safety

Police in December had 206 calls for service.

The fire department received approval to buy a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle for $14,495 and a trailer for $2,727 to be paid for with a $15,000 donation from the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club and other donations.

Firefighters had seven calls in December, including structure fires in Pequot Lakes, Loon Lake Township and Breezy Point. Other calls were motor vehicle accident extrication in Poplar Township and medical alert that heat was off in a house in Breezy Point.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Learned design work for Trailside Park continues. Luke Sydow from SAS+ Associates presented preliminary park designs to the Trailside Park Design Review Committee earlier Monday. He told the council plans are on schedule.

• Accepted two $300 scholarships from the National Joint Powers Alliance for City Clerk/Treasurer Deb Marty to attend the annual clerks conference in March and to attend her final year at the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute in May.

• Approved a County State Aid Highway 17 surfacing improvement project within city limits.

• Agreed to hire Bill Rickard as a temporary maintenance worker to help with snowplowing, as needed, while a public works employee takes personal leave.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding for the collaborative Pequot Lakes communication director position.

• Appointed Doug Leckband to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a three-year term.

The council met Monday because caucuses met Tuesday, Feb. 6, on the city's normal meeting night.