Isle’s city engineer Tim Ramerth

City engineer talks infrastructure

Isle’s city engineer Tim Ramerth gives his engineer’s report before the city council on June 9.

The Isle City Council met for their monthly meeting June 9 at the Isle City Hall. Among discussion was a revolving loan plan, sewer and water project, Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway Water Trail, new hires at the fire department, and the municipal liquor store, among other various topics.

Revolving loan for small businesses

One item of discussion was the option to allow local small businesses to take out a revolving loan through the City. Isle City Clerk Jamie Hubbell stated that the loan regulations could be changed to open up to any Isle business in lieu of the COVID-19 fallout. Isle Mayor Rodney Schultz said, “If some businesses needed help, we could give them a small business loan from the City.” Hubbell added that it would have to go before the revolving loan board but expressed concerns about depleting the fund. Council member Don Dahlen suggested designating a portion of the fund to businesses in need. A motion was made and approved to designate $25,000 with a cap of $5,000 to Isle businesses with the loan board to set parameters.

Engineer’s report

Isle City Engineer Tim Ramerth spoke on the water and sewer project. He said he is trying to coordinate with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a water and sewer crossing under Hwy. 47 as an expansion project estimated at around $100,000. “We looked at this project as an expansion to the City to get more users on,” said Ramerth. “If the City doesn’t do this now, in the future the City would have to likely pay two or three times the amount.” He added that he would like to send out for quotes on the project. Maintenance superintendent Jason Minenko asked how long it would take for the City to make that money spent back. Ramerth replied that properties would be assessed, adding that he has reached out to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe but that they “haven’t come to the table.”

Mille Lacs Scenic Byway Water Trail

A request was made to the City for their support for the Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway Water Trail which would run from approximately Wahkon to north of Malmo along the shore of Mille Lacs. Present at the meeting, local resort owner Tina Chapman said that by supporting the effort, it would help get the trail on a map. Support was given for the project with all council members voting in support.

Fire department resignation, new hires

Isle Fire Department Volunteer/On Call Firefighter Cody Gregoire resigned, and Wyatt Jensen and Riley Magnuson were hired.

Municipal Liquor Store report

City Clerk Jamie Hubbell reported that the liquor store is hoping to open by the July 4 weekend with outdoor events with the possibility of a band, along with a 50% capacity for indoor seating. Also discussed was the potential for pull tabs with the Lions willing to man a booth as much revenue was lost due to the lack of pull tabs during the COVID-19 shut down.

Also reported were revenues and expenses in May with revenues and expenses for the month being down. The year to date profit for the Muni is $9,379.40.

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