By Katie Bily
At last week’s Nashwauk City Council meeting Robert Coughlin was hired as the Fire Chief of the Nashwauk Fire Department. All council members voted in favor of Coughlin taking the helm of the city’s fire department. The chief position opened when John Calaguire submitted his resignation to the council.
Mayor Ben DeNucci signed a letter of engagement to seek legal council regarding the Essar Steel Minnesota bankruptcy. Later in the meeting, the council also heard from Essar’s assistant general council and director of government and public relations Mitch Brunfelt. He informed the council that nothing new has taken place in recent weeks and the matter is currently in the hands of federal bankruptcy court.
In other business, the council:
• Discussed the scoreboard sponsorship decision. Few donations have been received to date, so no action was taken on the matter.
• Rescheduled the Aug. 9 council meeting for Wednesday Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. due to a conflict with the primary election. The council then proceeded to make a motion to increase the minimum wage for summer part-time casual laborers to $10/hour to reflect the Minnesota minimum wage increase effective Aug. 1.
• Approved a Police Department request to host a Community Event Aug. 24 from 4-8 p.m. at the Nashwauk Pavilion.
• Discussed a complaint regarding the harassment of a councilor by a resident. While the city cannot prevent residents from going to city buildings or on the city roads, officials do plan to file a petition regarding harassment to obtain a restraining order.