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  Jay McNamar appointed to Elbow Lake council seat
 

Former Elbow Lake council-person, mayor, and Minnesota State Representative, Jay McNamar was appointed by current Elbow Lake Mayor Deb Hengel, to fill out the remaining year and one half of Chris Mitchell’s term. Mitchell resigned from the council two months ago. Mitchell resigned as she and her husband moved out of the area and the council immediately sought letters of interest in her position from Elbow Lake residents. After considering four letters in a closed session, the council reconvened and Mayor Hengel asked them to approve her appointment of McNamar.

The council seat, and one other, will be open for a full four-year term in November of 2018.

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Mayor Hengel appointed a committee of nine, including herself, City Superintendent Greg Jacobson, Utilities Manager Darin Grosz, Sue Kulbeik of the Elbow Lake Chamber of Commerce, Thorson Library Manager Gail Hedstrom and four others, to look at and come up with plans for new decorative street lights and sidewalk enhancements for the Main Street Beautification Project that will happen the summer of 2019.

Mayor Hengel reported that the Grant County Sheriff’s Department spent 280 hours working law enforcement for the City of Elbow Lake in the month of July.

Fire Department Chief Nathan Porter reported that the new fire truck should be delivered within the next month. He said an inspection was performed on the truck and few issues still had to be dealt with.

Sue Kulbeik, representing the Elbow Lake Lions Club informed the council that the Lions have applied for a 50/50 matching grant for $20,000 from Lions International to construct a handicapped fishing pier to be located at the Tipsinah Mounds Campground. She said the Elbow Lake Lions have raised $4,800 from the Luau fundraiser on July 8th and were trying to raise the additional funds to cover the $10,000 match. She said she hoped the city would cover the balance if they cannot raise the whole $10,000. She said the Lions would find out Friday if they get the grant.

It was the consensus of the council that the city would see to it that the money was available to make this project move forward.

The city received three bids for a years worth of LP gas for the airport, and accepted a low bid of $.94 per gallon from Haley Oil.

   
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