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Emily: Council revisits manganese project, bench discussion

According to unapproved draft meeting minutes, the Emily City Council heard from guest speaker Char Kinzer regarding the future of Cooperative Mineral Resources, a Crow Wing Power subsidiary formed for the purpose of managing manganese ore deposits in Emily. Screen grab from the Cooperative Mineral Resources website.

According to unapproved draft meeting minutes, the Emily City Council heard from guest speaker Char Kinzer regarding the future of Cooperative Mineral Resources, a Crow Wing Power subsidiary formed for the purpose of managing manganese ore deposits in Emily.

The Natural Resources Research Institute in Coleraine has found a more cost efficient way to process the manganese, minutes from the March 13 meeting said. An Environmental Impact Statement, permitting and studies will be required before mining operations can begin.

The council also discussed a previously denied bench installation project. Resident Mikie Walker asked the council to consider a grant and look for a way to make the bench work. Mark Mosman said the city does not have a lot of curb appeal due to tree removal, but a bench and plantings could prove to be a good asset. A letter from resident Van Stratten said a city park would be a good asset. Kathy Hachey of Go North encouraged the council to try again for a grant, due March 30.

Council member Dan Barrett suggested waiting until the city's road construction project is complete to decide on placement. Acting Mayor Gary Hanson was concerned about the location of the bench, near a city parking lot that could pose a safety risk. The council thanked Go North and agreed to wait to revisit the project following road construction.

In other business, the council:

• Was asked to be fiscal agent for distribution of magnets, maps of roads and a detour map for downtown Emily during road construction. The council agreed that the state should handle a detour map. The council agreed to be fiscal agent for the Outing Chamber of Commerce pending auditor approval.

• Approved charitable gambling license for the Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes Lions Club for a special event.

• Agreed to move forward with three easement agreements and talks with property owners for the Emily Dam.

• Approved a contractor agreement between the city and DeChantal Excavating for the parking lot and alley paving project.

• Approved Dacota Case as a firefighter contingent upon completion of a background check, physical and drug/alcohol testing.

• Learned a line freeze-up may have affected a grinder pump that recently failed. The clerk will look into the responsibility for the pump.

• Learned that Police Chief Josh Herold has received a K-9 named Ranger. The city is looking for donations of food and other items needed for Ranger.

• Agreed to apply for solar speed signs in the right of way under the condition that funding for them is found.

• Approved purchase of two pickleball sets with no extras.

• Approved rental of three portable toilets from Al's Sewer Service for $100 per month to be kept in the city park until others are delivered on Emily Day.

• Approved reclassification and intended sale of tax-forfeited tracts.

• Approved a proposed fire protection contract rate increase from 1.735 percent to 2.11 percent and a decrease of first response coverage from .645 percent to .560 percent.

• Approved waiving fees for Young Excavating in return for 10,000 yards of fill dirt.

• Approved the Minnesota Department of Transportation invoice for $62,651.83.