At last week’s Bovey City Council meeting, councilors watched a seven-minute documentary film about Bovey, which described various historical elements including the origins of the picture Grace. One of the film’s producers, Ben Braff spoke about the Gems of Itasca film series and said this Bovey Edition of the series has been published on You Tube. The city council voted to donate $625 to filmmakers.
Councilors discussed legal implications involving the maintenance of tax-forfeited property owned by Itasca County. The question of who is responsible for mowing the grass on county-owned parcels of land. In a similar matter, Mayor Bibich described a case where a family of skunks has set-up residence under an abandoned trailer and the cost of pest control.
A public hearing was held at 5:50 p.m. to gain feedback from residents on the proposed zoning map. No public comment was heard and the hearing was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.
A public meeting was held at 7:12 p.m. shortly after the city council meeting adjourned. Public Works Supervisor Kevin Odden discussed commercial water meters. Mayor Bibich mentioned that it costs three times as much to treat the raw sewage than it does for the city to produce potable water (drinking water) for the residents of Bovey. Bibich reasoned that if people were to pay for city water by the gallon they would use less water and the city would need to treat less sewage, thereby saving money. No comment from any resident was considered by the council.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to approve the consent agenda.
• Accepted the resignation of Kathy Lawson due to retirement.
• Voted to approve the new zoning map.
• Passed a motion to adopt a credit-card-use-by-city-employees policy.
• Voted to allocate $2,500 to purchase a new copy machine for City Hall.