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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Sturgeon Lake approves water and sewer service


April 23, 2020

CORRECTION: Noted within article.

The city council of Sturgeon Lake approved hiring PeopleService for water and sewer utility service at their regular meeting on April 14. City employee Scott Helfman had turned in his resignation earlier in the month and PeopleService had stepped in to provide services in the interim. The city approved going into a contract with the company who will provide maintenance and conduct necessary testing but will utilize an employee of the city to do most day to day operations. At Councilor Marsha Helfman’s recommendation, acceptance of the contract is contingent on approval by the city’s attorney.

The city agreed to interview the other candidates that applied to work as a city employee alongside PeopleService. A special meeting will be held on April 23 at 3 p.m. via teleconference to conduct the interviews (if you would like to listen to the meeting, call (844) 219-5837 a few minutes prior to the start of the meeting and enter conference code 5848743227#).

The fire department made two new hires; the approval of Councilor Adam Langhorst is pending on confirmation from the city’s attorney that it would not be a conflict of interest.

City Clerk Loralea Beede-Slocum stated they are not currently enforcing the shut off policy or late fees on water and sewer billing to help the community during the time of this COVID-19 pandemic.

The council passed a resolution increasing the pay of council members to $50 per meeting and for the mayor $100 per meeting. The resolution also specifies that pay for hourly work is not authorized for the mayor or councilors. This becomes effective as of January 1, 2021. [CORRECTION: It was an ordinance passed to update a previous ordinance, and pay for councilors and the mayor did not increase. The ordinance only removed the ability to be paid for hourly work.]

In other business, the council passed a motion to purchase and utilize Public Alert, a messaging system to send out alerts to citizens via phone, email, and/or text.

The council approved purchasing a new battery for the city truck along with a tune up. They also approved the purchase of the battery backups at the water tower and well house which were affected during one of the recent storms.

The next regular hearing will be held via teleconference on May 12 at 7 p.m. which will start with a hearing to review a minor subdivision application. To attend the meeting, call (844) 219-5837 a few minutes prior to the start of the meeting and enter conference code 5848743227#.


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