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Public hearing held for energy upgrades at NY Mills Public Library

The city of New York Mills held a public hearing on proposed energy efficiency upgrades to the New York Mills Public Library during the May 11 meeting of the city council.

The upgrades will be paid for in part with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture pursuant to the Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program (Public Libraries Initiative).

Laura Matykiewicz of Freesource Energies, LLC in Redwood Falls, Minn. highlighted a geothermal approach to providing heat and air conditioning to the library.

The back entry of the library will also be repaired.

City launches newsletter

The NY Mills city offices unveiled the first issue of a newsletter with the goal of better informing the public of area happenings and city news.

It will contain brief articles, graphics and a community calendar.

The newsletter will also have a corner for a column by Mayor Larry Hodgson.

"At this time, our current idea is to be able to put together enough information to make this a bi-monthly publication," Hodgson wrote in the first issue.

Liquor store loses friend in Schnobby

"We lost Schnobby this past month. He was our most loyal customer and spent a good amount of money here," Mills Liquors Manager Kim Hoban said. "As well as drawing in friends that resulted in more sales, I think we're going to feel that loss in more ways than one. He will be dearly missed first as our friend and then as our customer."

•April sales were close to $2,200 over last year.

•The meat raffle will be discontinued until Labor Day weekend.

•A back-up bartender, Joyce Christensen, has been hired. Christensen worked for Sebeka Liquor for many years.

Police report

•The New York Mills Police Department responded to 26 calls in April.

•Officers assisted multiple fire departments with grass fires near Perham April 1.

•Officer Borsgard's DARE students graduated.

Utilities update

•The city's fire hydrants have been flushed and the flags have been removed. The entire system wasn't flushed, but will be this fall. A portion of the sewer system was flushed at the same time.

•The utilities department is still hoping to find an additional reliable worker for summer help.

•Fittings and piping have been ordered for the 2010 Main Avenue gas project.

•The NY Mills Gas Department is hosting a one-day regulator training session. Information pertaining to large capacity regulators will be discussed. Representatives from Perham, Lake Park and Hawley will attend.

The next council meeting will be held June 15 in the New York Mills City Council chambers.