Future of post office uncertain
The U. S. Postal Service has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Sturgeon Lake City Hall to discuss the future of the city post office. The announcement came at the end of the Sturgeon Lake City Council meeting Wednesday, June 11.
The city of Sturgeon Lake will be acquiring the Larson storage facility for city storage. Mayor Thomas Helfman said that Bradley Larson will be having a garage sale June 20 and 21. After that, Helfman said, “We are shooting for a July 1 transfer date.” Larson will be meeting with the city to turn over files and answer questions on the rental part of the business. Current renters will be allowed to continue their contracts according to Helfman.
City worker Scott Helfman reported a resident request for signs on Blueberry Lane and General Andrews Road stating “No state forest access” in reference to all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Scott Helfman said there are ATV route signs up and it would be good to put up the signs to “route around residential areas.” Scott Helfman said he contacted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR would not put up signs because those areas are not their land. The council instructed Scott Helfman to go ahead with putting up signs.
The council approved the current list of election judges, handed out by city clerk Elizabeth Cisar. Cisar said she would like to add two more alternate election judges to the list of 10. She said that council members Warren Peters and Diane Jacobson were up for re-election this year along with the position Gordy Jacobson is currently filling.
Scott Helfman said he has contacted the LHB engineering firm to acquire data for the new mapping of the city by Donohue and Associates. LHB Inc. has the original data for the water and sewer system when it was installed. Mayor Helfman said, “We need to get going on this.” The council approved the contract with Donohue and Associates so that city engineer Tim Korby can set up a work station in Sturgeon Lake and start the separation of the mapping systems for the city.
The city approved buying access to a database from Pine County that is facilitated by a company called Beacon. The data includes land descriptions, boundaries and a variety of public information for the city. The access would only cost the city $100 for five years. Mayor Helfman said, “I think it’s great.” According to the mayor this data would also be accessible to the city engineer and city attorney as well.
Water, sewer update
The ground water monitoring well requested by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will be delayed until the MPCA can get someone to a city meeting for questions. The city is asking the MPCA about the need and choice of location.
According to water and sewer operator Scott Helfman, the well-sealing grants that pay 50 percent are still available for private and city wells. The Pine County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reported to the city there was also a shoreline repair grant for the Cathedral Pines area. The SWCD would require a contract with the city and two landowners to proceed with the grant. The city approved the contract with Pine County SWCD. The mayor recommended continuing with the shoreline repair grant application.
Scott Helfman reported that a car had hit the protection poles for the lift station on County Highway 46. The repairs have been completed — the poles protected the lift station as designed. Scott Helfman expressed thanks for residents notifying him of the accident.
Councilman Gordy Jacobson reported the cemetery has just been mowed. Jacobson said the recycling day on Saturday, June 7, wasn’t very good compared to last year. Cisar thought that a different location may help for visibility. The council agreed. Jacobson said Scott Helfman had put up the pole in the park for the basketball hoop.
Liquor license renewals were approved for JJ’s Bottle Shop and the Embassy Bar. The council approved them as long as the insurance and paperwork were in place.
Road commissioner Peters said they are still waiting on the graders to come before the chloride can be applied to the roads.
Gordy’s last name was incorrectly reported last month. It should have been Jacobson, not Abrahamson.
The regularly scheduled July 9 city council meeting has been canceled. If needed, a meeting will be rescheduled. The council approved paying any claims coming in for July.