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Northwood Council won’t ban guns on city property

Northwood Council won’t ban guns on city property

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NORTHWOOD — The Northwood City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to withdraw a proposal to ban guns on city-owned property.

Councilman Gary Nerlien said he had given the matter considerable thought since making the proposal at a previous City Council meeting.

“I defend the Second Amendment right of every citizen,” he said Tuesday.

Mayor Pro-Tem Doug Helgeland, who led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Jane Bloomingdale, agreed.

“We don’t need to deal with it,” he said. “We don’t have a problem with it. I don’t think we’re going to have people coming down here with sidearms. I don’t feel threatened.”

Councilman Russ Meyer expressed an objection.

“I don’t feel we need (guns) on city property,” he said.

In the end, the motion to withdraw the proposal carried with Councilwoman Rhonda Taylor, Helgeland and Nerlien voting in favor of withdrawal and Meyer and Councilman Roger Rustad voting against withdrawing it.

In other action, the council approved a resolution to sell a one-acre lot east of the city shed to the county for construction of an office for the Worth County Department of Public Health.

The city would sell the land to the county for $20,000 if the county is interested.

The council waived the second and third readings of the resolution during a public hearing at which there were no public comments.

The Health Department rents office space downtown. The lease runs out at the end of the year.

County officials have expressed an interest in finding a larger facility that would include a garage for transit buses.

County supervisors have been looking into the costs of renovating an existing building or building one.

Also Tuesday, the City Council approved a contract to purchase city insurance from Olson Insurance of Northwood at a cost of $68,374.50.

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