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Johnson resigns from city council

Lake Benton Valley Journal of Lake Benton, Minnesota

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At the first regular meeting of November, the Lake Benton City Council accepted the resignation of trustee Susan Johnson.

Johnson will be leaving the area and returning to Tennessee to spend time with family. Mayor Barb Powell thanked Johnson for her service, and Johnson thanked the council and community for the opportunity to serve.

This leaves a vacancy on the city council for a four-year term with three years and two months remaining to serve. The council can decide to have the vacancy be for a one-year and two-month term with a two-year term up for election in 2016. The council will decide how they wish to proceed at an upcoming meeting. Anyone interested in filling the vacancy can speak with a council trustee or City Administrator Eileen Christensen.

The council approved the purchase of a new tractor for the city. The city advertised for bids and only one bid was entered from Titan Machinery of Marshall as a state bid. The amount is $88,000 less a $23,000 trade-in value for the city's current tractor, which brings the total the city has to pay to $65,000.

The city does have a certificate of deposit valued at $22,657 that will be used along with a second CD in the amount of $7,500. The remaining $35,000 will be borrowed against the city's CD, if possible, or a new low interest loan will be taken out to complete the purchase.

The council approved establishing the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday for city staff. This day is typically taken as a vacation day by city staff anyway, and it brings the number of paid holidays for the city staff to ten.

City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained that everything was moving along smoothly regarding the city's purchase of a 40-foot by 40-foot plot of land from Jim Sorrensen in order to construct a building that would house the city's pressure reducing valve and a water meter. Because Sorrensen has an endowment for his land set up with Lincoln County after he passes, the county approved the purchase at their meeting on Oct. 20.

The council approved the annual site use agreement with the Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition Program for use of the Lake Benton Community Center.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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