The Forest Lake Airport Commission is composed of four citizens and one City Council member interested in the development and utilization of the Municipal Airport. Members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Current members include: Tim Dalbec, Sam Husnik, Don Shipp, and Rick Ashbach, and Councilmember Ed Eigner.
The Airport Commission meets the first Wednesday at 6:00 PM each month at the Forest Lake City Center.
The Forest Lake City Council is composed of a mayor and four councilmembers who are elected at large. The mayor serves a two-year term of office and the Councilmembers serve four-year staggered terms. The City Council legislates for the city and sets administrative policy. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month and holds a workshop on the third Monday.
The Finance Committee is comprised of five persons: two City Council representatives, city staff, and one citizen advisor. Present Finance Committee members include: Mayor Ben Winnick, Councilmember Mara Bain, City Administrator Aaron Parrish, Asst. to the City Administrator Dan Undem, citizen adviser, Terri Steenblock. The Finance Committee duties include: assist with budget process, monitor budge and financial activities, develop financial policies, monitor long range capital improvement plans, review audit statements, monitor outstanding debt and debt capacity and assist with issues relating to financial aspects of the city operations including debt obligations.
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) consists of a seven member board; present members include: Ben Winnick, Judy Huntosh, Blake Roberts, Julie LaFleur, and Sam Husnik; Mayor Ben Winnick serves as EDA President. City Administrator Aaron Parrish serves as the Executive Director.
The EDA meets the first second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 PM at the Forest Lake City Center.
The Forest Lake Cable Commission (FLCC) was established by the cities of Forest Lake, Columbus and Scandia. The six-member Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month and sets policy for the Lakes Area Community Television station. Each city appoints one city council members and one public representative who is a citizen residing in that municipality. Meetings are open to the public. Current Cable Commission members: Dianne Halfen and Mara Bain (Forest Lake), Anne Hurlburt and Randall Simonson (Scandia), and Steve Brunsberg and Jeff Duraine (Columbus).
The Forest Lake Human Rights Commission (HRC) consists of seven members; members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to three year staggered terms. Current members include: Members include: Melissa Morris (Chair) Janice Ochs, Dawn Nelson, Jonathan Tse, Todd Ray, and Dale Hager. Nancy Carlson is the Community Services Police liaison.The HRC meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Forest Lake City Center.
In 1954, the City of Forest Lake, City of Columbus, and Wyoming Township (located in three separate counties) entered into a Joint Powers Agreement to finance the Forest Lake Fire Department. While the Department is subordinate to the City of Forest Lake, the cities that are signatories to the Joint Powers Agreement jointly own the equipment purchased during the agreement. The “Fire Protection Agreement”, as it is formally known, has been in existence for over 25 years and originally included the former Forest Lake Township. The Fire Protection Agreement is governed by a five member board. The board consists of two members from Forest Lake, two from Columbus, and one from Wyoming Township. Each entity pays a percentage of the yearly capitol outlay and operational costs of the department. This percentage is computed each year based on tax capacity calculations. The joint agreement has been a very successful venture, producing significant savings for all three municipalities.
Councilmembers Mike Freer and Ed Eigner serve as City Council liaisons to the Fire Board.
The Lake Improvement Committee was formed to study the current weed harvesting program and investigate other opportunities to improve the quality of our lakes.
Present members include: Stev Stegner, Ben Winnick, Aaron Parrish, Dave Adams, Mark Peterson, Ryan Goodman, Mike Kinney, Emily Schmitz, Blake Dalbec, Matt Kocian, Steve Schmalz, Doug Ramseth, Tina Wolbers, Keegan Lund, and Jerry Grundtner.
The Parks, Trails, and Lakes Commission meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM. This seven-member board serves staggered three-year terms and includes: Tim Schingen, Jason Steenblock, Jason DeMoe, Jim Blake, Jackie McNamara, Kathy Schulte, and Jack MacKenzie. Mike Freer serves as the City Council liaison. Information on City Parks and any other questions can be directed to the Parks and Recreation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Forest Lake Personnel Committee consists of City staff and Councilmembers. Current members include: Aaron Parrish, City Administrator, Dan Undem, Assistant to the City Administrator, and Councilmembers Mike Freer and Ed Eigner.
Personnel Committee meetings are scheduled as needed. Notice is posted on the City website.
The Forest Lake Planning Commission is comprised of nine members who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council for three-year terms.
Duties of the Planning Commission include making recommendations to the City Council on the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code; the Planning Commission also conducts public hearings on land use applications, including variances, conditional use permits, and concept plans.
Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Questions can be directed to Donovan Hart, Zoning Administrator (email@example.com) or Jolleen Chaika, Deputy Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Forest Lake Fire Department Relief Association was created to provide
ancillary benefits to volunteer firemen that are similar to benefits often paid by
municipal fire departments. Such benefits may include disability and accident
insurance, life insurance, and pensions. In addition, this organization often
purchasees fire equipment and supplies for the volunteer fire department.
The present Forest Lake Fire Department Relief Association Board of Trustees includes: John Wurm, President; Dale Zeirnert, Vice President; Joe Houle, Treasurer; Bill Werner, Secretary; Bill Hollenkamp, Trustee; and Dan Groh, Trustee. Ex-Officio members include: Fire Chief Alan Newman; Mayor Stev Stegner; and, City Administrator, Aaron Parrish.