Brainerd Police Sgt. Becky Putzke finally got her awards.
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin, at the city council meeting Monday, presented Putzke with both the Tower Award and a special plaque he had made for her commemorating her actions in saving the lives of six people from a house fire near downtown Brainerd on Oct. 6.
Several Brainerd police and Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies attended the city council meeting to watch the presentation. Putzke received a round of applause when Wallin presented her with the special plaque he had made, and a standing ovation when she received the Tower Award.
Though neither Putzke or Wallin made specific comment about it Monday, the awards were the center of controversy at the city council's last meeting on Oct. 21.
At that meeting Wallin wanted to present his plaque only to Putzke for several reasons; her deed didn't fit with the criteria of the Tower Award, the Tower Award didn't describe the rescue and Putzke would receive the award when she retired.
The city council, by a 4-3 vote, decided to give Putzke the Tower Award.
In other action, the council:
Set the Brainerd City Hall Christmas Eve office hours from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Passed a resolution of support for Missota Paper Co., which has signed an agreement to pursue a sale agreement for the Brainerd Potlatch paper mill.
Approved an unpaid medical leave for Brainerd-Crow Wing County transportation coordinator Larry Nadeau.
Accepted a downtown snow removal bid of $2,900 for up to 4 inches of snow, and $655 for each additional inch from Fletcher Trucking.
Set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to consider a petition to vacate a portion of Ivy Street.
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