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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Talks still ongoing with land developer


Talks with developer Brian Weidendorf will continue, said Superintendent Robert Indihar at the meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Monday, November 18. Weidendorf has stated his intent to purchase 24 acres of school district property along south Highway 73 for development.

“His intent is to invest in $600,000 of infrastructure (water, sewer and other utilities) on the property,” said Supt. Indihar. “But he is not interested in performance conditions.”

The school board had planned to sell the land to the city, along with the conditions that Weidendorf develop businesses on the property within certain time periods.

The city would place its own covenants and zoning on the property before it was sold to Weidendorf.

The Land Committee will meet with City Administrator Pat Oman on December 9 at 4:30 to discuss the pros and cons regarding the resolution to sell the land and spur development.

Supt. Indihar stated that Widendorf has said that he will wait until spring to hear what has been decided.

“If we work it out, fine,” reported Supt. Indihar. “If not, he’ll move on.”

School building

A structural engineer has been called in to examine cracks in the walls, Supt. Indihar said.

“We had noticed cracks in the walls and wondered if they were the result of the flood,” he added. “The building is 80 years old. Why are we seeing them now?

“The engineer said that, because there was high humidity in the building for a long period of time, now it is starting to dry out. The cracks are vertical, not diagonal, which would be more serious.”

Supt. Indihar said that McNeil Environmental will also be called for further examinations.

Board member Jamie Jungers of the Facilities Committee reported that the roof has been fixed.

Supt. Indihar added that the bill for the roof repairs came in less than what was expected, although more problem areas had been found.

“At some point in time we have to make a decision about replacing the roofs,” he said. “We only have four years on some of the roofs. The roof on the high school is shot.”

Student representative

A student has expressed interest in serving as the student representative to the board, it was said.

High School Principal Billie Jo Steen said that she will talk to her and invite her to the December school board meeting.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• Approved an Art Club student activity account,

• Approved the 2013-2014 Staff Development plan,

• And nominated board member Julie Peterson to the Northeast Service Co-op Board.

The working meeting of the board to discuss a five-period day was set for Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m., and the next regular meeting of the board was set for Monday, December 16 at 5 p.m. The Truth in Taxation portion of the meeting will be held at 6:01 p.m.


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