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By Eddie Jane Pelkey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Small Cities grant money available

 


“Grant monies are still available for single dwelling, multiple dwelling and businesses through the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership for Moose Lake properties,” stated Ed Zimny, Small Cities Development Program, at the Moose Lake City Council meeting held on Wednesday, October 12.

Zimny gave council members a report on current projects. An amount of $150,000 was available for business projects. The goal was for five projects — currently three are under construction and two are out for bid. An amount of $200,000 was available for 10 projects. Only three are in construction phase. An amount of $87,000 was available for multiple rental units, with a goal of seven projects; only two are under construction.

Zimny stated an effort is being made to expand the target area, as there are parties interested in a loan outside the current designated area. The owner-occupied single home dwellings loans are deferred loans, which are forgiven after seven years, if the owner stays in the home.

Persons interested can call Moose Lake City Hall for information at (218) 485-4010.

Moose Lake

Brewing Company

Paul Christiansen and Shawn Wigg spoke to the council regarding Moose Lake Brewing Company. They had a soft opening in the tap room and are currently receiving positive comments on the tap brews.

They are planning a grand opening in January 2017. Christiansen talked about long range plans for the brewing company, stating they are interested in creating a patio area on the lake side of the building. The current cement pad cannot be used for customer parking, but would be ideal for an outdoor seating area. They plan to request a permit for construction in the spring of 2017.

They also questioned the possibility of Sunday opening, but were informed this would have to go to a public vote.

Police report

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm gave the police report. “On September 20, we hosted the community forum on heroin and opioid problems we have been having in our region; over 130 people attended. "

Bogenholm commented further, “We are actually having less of a problem in Moose Lake because of our excellent policing efforts. I think some of the attendees got the impression that drug use in the city of Moose Lake is worse than it is.”

Projects

Public Works Supervisor Phil Entner reported the Industrial Road ditching project on is complete. A great deal of debris and blockages were removed.

All city hydrants were flushed October 3-7. Hydrants were checked for age and one will have to be replaced.

The water line beneath Industrial Road was replaced with a savings of 80,000–90,000 gallons a day.

The new lift station was to be connected on October 17.

Steve Heth, city engineer, reported the cement curbing that was cracked from settling has been replaced on Park Place Drive. Paving was tentatively scheduled for October 24, however, if it rains, the project may have to be postponed until spring of 2017. The job cannot be properly done if it is too wet. If the final pavement is not installed this fall, the street will be leveled and temporarily finished to allow winter plowing.

Heth reports 88 percent of Earl Ellen’s Drive culvert hydraulics are complete The area of washout is being replaced with three lines of corrugated metal pipe. The council approved the project.

Ordinances

An ordinance requiring property owner maintenance of water and sewer service lines to city hook-up sites was passed by the city council. If there are any issues, such as frozen pipes or damage, on these lines that requires repair or maintenance, the property owner is responsible. The only exception is if sewer line damage is caused by boulevard tree roots.

An ordinance on watermains specifications for cross connections and backflow prevention was approved by the council. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the municipal potable water supply of the city of Moose from the possibility of contamination or pollution.

Other business

Available parking spaces along Elm Avenue continues to be an issue. A complaint to the council states local business persons are parking on the street instead of finding off-street parking.

It was suggested a handicapped parking spot be designated in front of the social services building mid-block.

The next regular meeting of the Moose Lake City Council will be held on Wednesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers.

 

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