By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN Mike Mitchell took his place on the dais with the rest of Howard Lake City Council after taking his oath of office during Tuesday’s meeting.
Mitchell is filling the seat left vacant when Pete Zimmerman began his duties as mayor, resigning his council seat.
The council chose Mitchell to fill the seat from three applicants, following a closed meeting during which the council discussed the applicants.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• scheduled a board of appeal and equalization public hearing for Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
• approved a 3.2 malt liquor license for the Howard Lake Orphans.
• authorized charitable gambling for the Maple Lake Lions at Trouble’s.
It was noted that the Howard Lake Lions no longer participate in charitable gambling as a fundraiser.
• renewed the drug and alcohol testing agreement with Cokato Transportation.
• agreed to continue an agreement with T & T Services for cleaning city hall, the library, and the community center at a rate of $578.73 per month, which is an increase of about $48 per month.
However, the council also decided to consider other options, such as having city staff clean or seeking quotes from local cleaning services.
• approved updating the city’s investment policy to reflect the current FDIC-insured amount of $250,000, and requiring collateralization for amounts exceeding $250,000.
The previous policy set both limits at $100,000.