Mahnomen City Council News & Notes from November 16th Meeting

Mahnomen City Council News & Notes from November 16th Meeting

November 19, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/19/20)

Mahnomen, MN — The Mahnomen City Council held their second regular monthly meeting on Monday night, November 16th.  It was the first full meeting after the election, in which the City of Mahnomen saw an astounding 75% voter turnout. Residents elected a new Mayor in Julie Hanson and new councilmember Kelly Phillips. Current Mayor Duane Shouveiller was also elected back to the council. Mahnomen City Administrator Mitch Berg says it’s always good to have fresh voices on the council.

Current councilmember David Weimer did not seek reelection as he’s moving out of the community, and at this week’s meeting he stepped down from his position to potentially allow a new councilmember to jump in early.

Also at this week’s meeting, the Mahnomen City Council gave approval for the Fire Department to move forward with purchasing a new Fire Rescue Pumper at a cost of just under $390,000.

The City of Mahnomen was recently awarded $1.9 million dollars from the most recent bonding bill for their water and sewer infrastructure project, but Administrator Berg says the city can’t access the funds yet due to a clerical error in the way the bill was written.

The Mahnomen City Council also approved a Cost of Living Increase for city employees  and approved forming a building committee for the Fire Department.