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By Eddie Jane Pelkey
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Moose Lake building projects continue


Lois Johnson

The new McDonald's restaurant takes shape. The site is located near the AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Moose Lake on Park Place Drive.

Moose Lake City Engineer Joe Rhein presented an overview of the current Park Place Road project at a public hearing May 28 that was attended by Moose Lake citizens interested in the plan. Business persons from the impacted area also attended the discussion. The hearing followed a special meeting of the Moose Lake City Council.

The meeting was held to define the purpose of the project, show the existing conditions of the road and provide an overview of proposed improvements, costs and financing, and the schedule for the work project.

The upgrade of Park Place Road is necessary to provide needed infrastructure to existing businesses and the site of the new McDonald's restaurant, currently in construction, as well as to provide upgrades for proposed development.

The current water and sewer service to this area is inadequate for development. Grading, widening and updating the road is also necessary. The proposed new road will be paved to the end of the plat where a cul-du-sac will be created. The cul-du-sac could be removed for future extension of the road.

The proposed improvements include replacement of the street, improved sanitary sewer, a water distribution system, street lights and drainage. Proposed changes to the street consist of widening with stronger pavement to 32 feet wide, driving lanes, paved shoulders, concrete curbs and gutters, a right turn lane onto Highway 73, and cutting the existing hill down by five feet.

The entire existing sanitary sewer system will be removed and replaced with the installation of a new water main from Highway 73 to the end of the plat at the campground. The new main will be deep enough to serve by gravity.

The existing water main will be removed and replaced with a new main installed from Highway 73 to the end of the plat.

New storm sewers will be placed on the north half of the street and will drain toward Highway 73. Storm sewers on the south side of the street will drain toward the southwest. The street light system will be the same as those along Arrowhead Lane.

Temporary access to businesses will be routed through the Little Store parking area on the street side of the business.

The project will be financed through city reserves, bonds, and assessments to benefitting properties. The projected cost of the project is $1,161,494.10. A summary of the assessable costs is $751,293.40. The plan is for construction to start on July 21 with completion by October 10.

During the special session of the Moose Lake City Council, City Administrator Pat Oman gave an update on the Opportunity Business Park. McDonald's construction is moving forward, walls are up and the building project is continuing.

Applications for employment at McDonald's are available in the AmericInn conference room. Both full- and part-time employment will be available.

The next regular meeting of the Moose Lake City Council will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Moose Lake City Council Chambers.


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