At the first 2013 regular session of the East Gull Lake City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mayor Dave Kavanaugh and council members Carol Demgen and Dennis Lang recited the oath of office to officially begin their terms after being re-elected in November.
The city appointed the Brainerd Dispatch as its official newspaper and Bremer Bank as the official depository. John Fitzpatrick was named city attorney.
Weed inspector Joel Jasmer requested a new city truck. Jasmer frequently uses his personal vehicle for city business, though he would like to stop that practice. The council discussed the price of a new truck purchased from different dealers. Jasmer noted that a cost was already reached by consulting the state contract.
The council noted that the cost of the new truck was not included in the line item budget. Jasmer said the truck was excluded originally because the council wished to decide on the vehicle as a separate expense.
The purchase was approved 3-2 with Kavanaugh, Demgen and council member Jim Ruttger supporting the purchase and council members Lang and Rob Mason opposing it.
In other business Jan. 8, the council:
• Discussed a sewer rate increase from $96 to $99. Brian Thuringer of Madden’s Resort expressed concerns over the impact of the increase on resort owners. The council decided to discuss the matter further at the April 2 meeting.
• Discussed a fireworks permit for the MN United Snowmobilers Association. The city was asked to publish details concerning when the fireworks would be set off in order to give residents sufficient time to prepare. It was noted that that information may be posted on the city website.
• Discussed the capacity of the wastewater plant located at Squaw Point. The plant is almost at peak capacity and would require an upgrade if any expansions are added.
• The possible construction of a fire substation was addressed by Peter Mann. The project is currently being discussed with the Brainerd Fire Department. Before construction could start a location must be found and purchased. Further research is being done.