The city of East Gull Lake approved a 2014 preliminary tax levy of $529,495, according to draft meeting minutes from Sept. 3.
It was noted that the budget for the last three or four years has been around $540,000. The preliminary levy will be finalized in December. Until that time the levy can be decreased, but not increased.
Expenses considered during levy discussions included the city’s six-month reserve, office supply purchases and city legal costs, among various other items.
In other business, the council:
• Instructed City Administrator Brenda Thomes to work with the city attorney to get details on how to annex parcels of property belonging to Dutch Cragun.
• Learned new construction on the property of Richard Kettler had resulted in large quantities of dirt being moved in spite of a lack of conditional use permit. It was found the dirt was needed to bring the property up to grade. There was also a damaged street sign nearby. Kettler said the sign would be properly fixed once locates are done on the property.
• Learned of a resident dumping trash on a city-owned easement of Shady Lane. In spite of letters being sent to the property owner, trash has continued to be dumped there. A letter has now been sent by certified mail requesting the responsible party clean up the mess. If the mess is not cleaned up the responsible party can be fined.
• Approved a developer’s agreement with Tracts, LLC for the development of a sewer extension to the first addition to Ruth Lake Estates.
• Approved a letter to be sent to the family of Joanne Anderson requiring the cleanup of a mess on that property. The cleanup was a part of an agreement allowing the Andersons to rebuild a structure on their property.
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