Nevis will bid farewell to city administrator Carol Fridgen, who submitted her resignation effective at the end of May.
"It is with a heavy heart that I leave the position which I have performed for the last 16 years, but I have decided the time has come for me to start my retirement and spend more time with my kids, grandchildren, play a little golf, travel and enjoy my lake home," Fridgen wrote in her letter of resignation.
She indicated she would help with the transition of her position and would be available after her departure. "This was an extremely difficult decision," Fridgen told council members.
"I sadly make the motion, with great thanks," Rich Johnson said of accepting her resignation.
No formal action was taken toward advertising for a replacement.
In other action, the council:
- Bid farewell to council member Bill Rice, who has moved out of the city limits.
The council now has two vacant seats. Mayor Chris Norton pointed out volunteers coming forward to fill them would serve until the November elections, when these terms expire.
-Reviewed the auditor’s report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2015.
The general fund received $196,120 in property taxes, $7,152 for licenses and permits, $69,044 in state aid, $33,790 for services (administrative and cemetery), $1,820 in fines and forfeits and $8,194 miscellaneous, totaling $316,120.
Other financing sources were sale of investments of $2,600 and transfer from the liquor store, $35,000, with an overall total of $353,720.
Disbursements were budgeted at $332,045 with an actual $328,800 spent, a $3,245 positive variance.
The city’s long-term debt at the end of 2015 included $740,000 in general obligation sewer revenue bonds and $90,000 in street improvement bonds.
-Approved the purchase of three iPads for the Nevis Fire Department.
Nevis fire chief Jermey Clemen explained pages can be sent via cell phones and he can discern who can respond. A program can calculate the best route for trucks and set up hydra locations. He said Park Rapids uses "something similar."
Norton suggested the department test coverage areas for both Verizon and AT&T before making a decision on the carrier.
- Approved a $4,418 quote for a sign for the liquor store, plus $100 for electric work.
The liquor store reported a net income of $3,725 in March.
The council approved a bid from Dave Kocher to purchase the liquor store’s former 12-foot bar at $550, the 18-foot bar at $350 and $100 for the cooler, totaling $1,000.
The city received one other bid, for the mahogany bar only at $130.
- Agreed the city will act as sponsor for the Nevis Trailblazers Snowmobile Club’s Department of Natural Resources funding to maintain the grooming of the Heartland Trail, Paul Bunyan State Forest Trails and Nevis Wilder Trails.
-Learned members of the retired military group, including Dave Free and Bob Johnson, have offered to place flags and plant flowers at the cemetery.