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Long-time city attorney to retire this summer after many years of service

The Alexandria City Council offered its thanks to an attorney who has served the city for nearly 40 years – John Lervick.

At its May 27 meeting, it approved Lervick’s request for the council to rescind his appointment as assistant city attorney.

Lervick, who served as the city’s lead attorney for most of his career, is retiring from practicing law on June 30, 2014.

In a letter to the council, Lervick said it was a pleasure to have served with city administrators Arlan Johnson, Jim Taddei and Marty Schultz, along with many other city employees, council members and seven different mayors during his 39 and a half years of service.

In other action not previously reported in last Friday’s Echo Press, the council:

• Defeated a motion to make walkway modifications, a cut-through, in the reconstructed city parking lot on Seventh Avenue and have the city absorb the $1,249 cost. Council member Todd Jensen made the motion, saying that the lot design was not convenient for residents living in a nearby building because it forced them to walk around several vehicles. Dave Benson, who represents the ward the parking lot is in, said that he hasn’t received a single complaint about the lot. Council member Roger Thalman said that paying for a cut-through just to benefit nine residents was a frivolous expense. Council member Virgil Batesole called the lot a design flaw disaster. Batesole and Jensen voted for the motion; Benson, Thalman and Owen Miller opposed it.

• Issued the following licenses: charitable gambling – Alexandria Senior Center for bingo and raffles on July 24, West Central Food and Beverage Association for a raffle at Broadway Ballroom on October 18; excavating – C and L Excavating of St. Joseph, D. Carlson Plumbing and Excavating of Menahga; peddler’s – The Country Shop of New London; and heating – Tim’s Heating and Refrigeration of New York Mills.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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