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Nisswa: Council accepts mayor's proof of residency in Nisswa

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Since becoming Nisswa's mayor in 2017, Fred Heidmann has addressed where he lives a couple of times.

The most recent brief discussion took place at the Tuesday, Nov. 20, city council meeting. Council member Ross Krautkremer had requested that Heidmann provide proof of his residency.

Krautkremer didn't attend the meeting because he wasn't feeling well, but City Administrator Jenny Max reported that she had received an email from the landlord where Heidmann rents his residence verifying the dates he lives there. Max said she provided that information to Krautkremer, who indicated he was satisfied and had no concerns moving forward.

Based on the information provided, the council unanimously agreed to accept the residency proof provided to Max on behalf of the mayor's landlord. Max said after the meeting that the home is on West Linden Boulevard in Nisswa.

A year ago at a council meeting, Heidmann addressed comments he'd been hearing about his residency, explaining then that he had moved out of the city twice for a few months while serving as a council member and mayor. He said both times he first checked with the League of Minnesota Cities and the city attorney, saying neither saw the temporary moves as a problem.

At that time, he explained his legal residence was the home he rented on West Linden Boulevard.

Public safety

Police Chief Craig Taylor's report noted that the department has had body cameras for several months and they are working well and have been beneficial for evidence collection. Police reported 198 calls for service in October. They issued 72 traffic warnings, 22 traffic citations and one criminal citation, and had 24 agency assists among other activity.

Fire Chief Shawn Bailey's report said October was busy with participation in two live house burns and a vehicle extrication drill. Firefighters had 29 calls, which includes 22 emergency medical services calls.

The council approved a joint prosecution services agreement between the cities of Nisswa, Brainerd and Baxter for various misdemeanor offenses. The three cities have done this since 1991, and recently realized the contract hasn't been updated since then and is outdated.

City Administrator Jenny Max reported the city likely will see an increase in overall costs for its proportionate share of the contract in 2019, which has been incorporated into the budget.

Matt Mallie is the cities' hired attorney for these services.

In other business Nov. 20, the council:

• Learned Spirits of Nisswa municipal liquor store will host its third annual Taste of Spirits event from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

• Approved Richard Geike's metes and bounds subdivision request to split a 12.49-acre parcel into two parcels, one 9.93 acres and one 2.57 acres.

• Agreed to raise the quarterly sewer rate 3 percent - from $143.70 to $148.01 per quarter - for inflation. There will be no rate increase for connection fees. The council also certified unpaid sewer charges to the tax roll.

• Renewed a contract for services for 2019 with city engineer Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm. Rates will increase 4-6 percent.

• Agreed to close city hall on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

• Approved a new application for city commissions and committees. The council will approve a new policy as well after ordinance amendments are drafted to make the changes and after determining whether all ordinance amendments need to go through the planning commission for a public hearing.