The North Mankato City Council approved the creation of a new department of Culture, Recreation and Quality of Life at its meeting last night. City Administrator John Harrenstein says the department will oversee numerous community events, Caswell sports, aquatic programming and youth sports. Harrenstein said in the meeting they don’t anticipate hiring additional staff. The measure passed on a 4-1 vote. Council member Billy Steiner voted against it, saying what the city is doing is already working and he didn’t see a reason to add another layer of bureaucracy.