The Emily City Council discussed several construction projects during its Nov. 13 meeting, including bridge repair, beach construction, bike trail investigation, maintenance shop construction and band shelter construction, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.
First, the council revisited a discussion concerning repairs of the Emily Dam Bridge. A report on the bridge was given several years ago detailing the need for replacement of deck planks and support beams. Wayne Dosh, engineer with the Crow Wing County Highway Department, said one of the outside edge beams has now been eaten away by ants and is no longer structurally sound.
Short Elliott Hendrickson engineering firm will do a proposal for replacement for $6,400. The estimated cost of the work is currently $25,000-$30,000. The city has $10,000 in this coming year's budget that could be used for the project.
Next, the council gave authorization to the park commission to design and plan for a city beach at Little Emily Lake. The location in consideration has white sand and is owned by the county. The city could purchase the land for up to $250,000 or possibly accept the land as a donation. The access to the beach is tax-forfeited property.
The city authorized the park commission to look into development of a bike trail in the Emily State Forest.
Finally, the council authorized the park commission to research the cost of building a band shelter and its uses.
In other business, the council:
• Gave the police chief approval to delay hiring one of two part-time police officer positions for a few months if no more applications are received.
• Approved payment of $4,690.11 to Dechantal Excavating for the final pay estimate for the public parking lot and alley improvement projects.
• Agreed to write off several sewer accounts and to waive a $115.96 penalty for late sewer charges caused by a billing error.
• Approved owner-occupied housing rehabilitation guidelines.
• Approved a housing inspection service agreement with Sadusky Renovations, INC.
• Certified canvas results from the Nov. 6 general election.