Conner Collette will join the Nisswa Police Department as an officer after the council hired him Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Collette will earn a starting salary of $44,616. He has worked as a full-time officer for the Pine River Police Department since June. He graduated from the Central Lakes College Law Enforcement program in 2018. Collette is also a graduate of Brainerd High School.
Four candidates were interviewed.
Police Chief Craig Taylor's written report to the council listed the following activity in January: 20 agency assists, 10 traffic citations, 31 traffic warnings, three arrests, 13 emergency medical services calls and eight alarms.
Fire Chief Shawn Bailey's written report listed 39 fire calls in January: 25 emergency medical services calls, eight fire/carbon monoxide alarms, two vehicle fires, one building fire and one vehicle accident. Nisswa firefighters provided mutual aid to Brainerd and Mission fire departments once each.
In other business Feb. 20, the council:
• Learned the city's new website was to be operational Monday, Feb. 25.
• Supported an application for Department of Natural Resources Federal Recreation Trail Program funding of $150,000 for the Gull Lake Trail. The request requires a 25 percent match ($37,500) from the city, which is available in a Park Acquisition and Development Fund.
• Accepted donations of $1,000 from American National Bank for a new dryer for the fire department, and two donations of $240 each from Drive Thru Inc. Production for the police and fire departments.
• Learned cities will have to pay for guidance on projects that disturb wetlands as part of the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act of 1991 rather than rely on Soil and Water Conservation District staff as they have done in the past. City Administrator Jenny Max said she is reaching out to other area cities to learn whether cities will work together on this.
• Agreed to buy a John Deere XUV for the sewer department for $15,687; and two John Deere mowers for the public works department for $15,411, which includes trade in of the current mowers.
• Declared property on Birch Avenue owned by Lou Reis as hazardous. City Attorney Tom Pearson told the council he has made numerous attempts to communicate with Reis, but has had no response. This will set in motion further action to get the property cleaned up.