Detroit Lakes City Council May Meeting Recap

Detroit Lakes City Council May Meeting Recap Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Detroit Lakes City Council held its regular meeting for the month of May Tuesday. Some of the highlights include:

STAFFING CHANGES AT DLPD

A new police officer is sworn in to fill a vacant position left by a retirement. Officer Mitchell Zerr took his Oath of Office Tuesday night. Zerr grew up in the Cormorant area and attended Lake Park Audubon Schools. He graduated from Alexandria Technical Colleges Law Enforcement program and has worked in the Becker County Jail under Sheriff Todd Glander. He fills the open position following the retirement of Officer Wayne Tolbert who worked for the DLPD for 28 years and retired May 1st.

Meanwhile, the DLPD was given "Go-ahead" from the city council to hire an additional officer. Following discussion at both the Finance Committee and Public Safety Committee based on information and input from Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd regarding Detroit Lakes growth, the increasing number of calls, and comparison to other departments police staffing in cities Detroit Lakes size, the committees recommended the City Council approve a new position for the DLPD. The Council unanimously approved the recommendation. Chief Todd says the position will be posted immediately and following the Civil Services process of hiring, a new officer could be in place between Mid-September and Mid-October.

PICKLEBALL COURTS APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION

The building of six additional pickleball courts were approved Tuesday night by the Detroit Lakes City Council. Pickleball committee member Mitch Wimmer was on hand at the council meeting to update the council on the fundraising efforts by local pickleball enthusiasts. Wimmer said they received the goal of $200,000 in pledges and $60,000 of that was cash donations. The courts will be built in Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz restaurant).

DLCCC BACKYARD ADDITION PAID OFF

Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's CEO Stu Omberg updated the council on the Backyard project that started in 2008 with fundraising, the buildling of in 2010 and finally the payoff of the $1.9 million, 8500 square foot addition which happens to be the second largest indoor play area in Minnesota. Omberg, on behalf of the DLCCC board of directors, gifted the building addition back to the City of Detroit Lakes.

WEST LAKE DRIVE PLAN

The DL City Council will hold a special meeting May 22nd at 5:30 pm for final approval of the West Lake Drive Plan that has been several months in the making. It's an opportunity for the public to view the plan and design the firm RDG has put together as requested by the city.

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