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NYM Police Chief resigns, takes top Perham job

New York Mills Police Chief Jason Hoaby informed the city council of his resignation effective August 5, during the group's July 13 meeting.

"I have been offered the position of chief of police for the city of Perham. After much deliberation, I have decided to accept the position. I appreciate your support during my employment in New York Mills," Hoaby wrote in a letter to the council.

Hoaby is the second chief in a handful of years to leave NY Mills for a Perham job.

Hoaby was hired as a patrol officer in 2004. In 2008, he took over duties as chief after Brian Nelson took command of the Perham Force. Nelson recently retired, again creating an open chief position in Perham.

The council and Mayor Larry Hodgson thanked Hoaby for his years of service and dedication to the community of New York Mills.

Second officer resigns full-time status

NY Mills Police Officer Sedrick Borsgard also notified the council of his resignation from full-time to part-time status effective July 21.

Borsgard has been working for the police department for 4 1/2 years.

"I have enjoyed working with the people of New York Mills... I thank you for the pleasant memories," Borsgard wrote in a letter to the council.

Borsgard has accepted a job offer from Swift County.

New fire department hire

The council approved the hire of Jordan Uselman for position of firefighter within the NY Mills Fire Department.

Uselman successfully completed, physical skills testing, an oral interview and a physical examination.

Public Works

The NY Mills Public Works Department purchased a new Hustler lawn mower while trading in an older Grasshopper with attachments, according to Public Works Director Roger Salo.

Salo informed the council the heavy recent rains are keeping the city's lawnmowers and trimmers busy. A new trimmer was purchased and another will by needed by the end of the season, Salo said.

• A gas line equipment purchase approved last month has been put on hold because the seller doesn't know if they want to sell.

• Staff spent a couple days in June assisting with Wadena tornado clean up.

• Phil Larson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency inspected NY Mills' water and wastewater treatment plants in June. He had not viewed the new wastewater ponds since they were completed.

• The set-up and take-down for the recent parade and dance took Public Works personnel several hours, but a Close-Up group of students from NY Mills High School worked hard and helped with most of the clean-up of the park and streets. Salo said the arrangement worked very well.

• The department is also reminding residents to keep their properties mowed. Some letters have been sent with mixed results. The department has mowed two properties and the residents have been billed.

Mills Liquors

• June revenues were $62,907. Profits are up by $1,149 over last year.

• A wine tasting event is planned to take place in August, but the day has not been determined. Barefoot Wines will be tasted.

• The first weekend of July took in an impressive $18,000 in sales. A typical weekend runs from $8,500 to $10,000.

• The council approved the hire of Michelle Dickinson.

Rehabilitation projects

During a special meeting on June 29, the council authorized Otter Tail County to award the contract for the 2010 CSAH 67-South Main Street and Utility Rehabilitation Project and Edgewood Street Improvement Project on behalf of the City of New York Mills.

The lowest bid by Quam Construction Company, Inc., of Willmar in the amount of $1,195,600 was approved and awarded.