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Bricelyn clerk resigns at end of council meeting

By Staff | Jun 17, 2012

There was great news at the beginning of the Bricelyn City Council meeting Tuesday night, but near the end it was not so good.

Mike Burkhardt of Burkhardt & Burkhardt, Ltd in Mankato presented results of the 2011 audit.

The final report shows the city finished with a net profit of more than $245,000.

That was primarily due to proceeds generated from loans and grants from the sewer project.

“With all budgets there are ups and downs. You were very close on what was going to be spent in the general budget and the city had pretty good cash flow,” Burkhardt told the council.

Despite a strong financial picture, the council did receive some bad news – the person in charge of the city’s budget and finance is calling it quits.

City Clerk Kathy Ehlert read her letter of resignation. Her last day of work will be July 20.

Ehlert says her decision to leave was not “spur of the moment” and is something she’s been considering for some time.

Mayor Arlen O’Brien thanked Ehlert for her years of service, as did Councilman Larry Burkhow on behalf of the other council members.

Ehlert, who was hired in November 2005, says she does not have any immediate employment plans.

O’Brien says the council will have to decide how it plans to fill the part-time position of three days a week.

Ehlert says she wanted the council ample notice to get them time to find a replacement.

“I’d be willing to help train someone if they wanted me to,” she says.

In other business, the council:

Will seek bids to repair some 30 to 40 potholes in town and three blocks of North Elm, First and Fourth streets

The city has set aside $35,000 for repairs.

Discussed if there had been any response to letters mailed out last month to residents needing to mow their yards.

More letters will be sent out and the city will start charging property owners $35 for mowing their lawn.

Approved a bid of $8,750 from Glimsdahl Construction of Frost to remove the ceiling at the fire hall.