Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Barnum accepts offers


Eddie Jane Pelkey

The Barnum City Council approved an offer from Wells Fargo Bank on the vacant lumberyard property at its meeting Monday, April 13. Wells Fargo will add $5,000 toward the demolition of the property, as well as paying the closing costs. It is estimated the demolition will cost about $45,000 to $50,000. The property would belong to the city and could be sold as commercial property. A 2 percent demolition loan program is available to the city. There are also grants available for this kind of project. If the property is developed, the loan is forgiven.

Brianna Sathre spoke to the council regarding a request to have chickens on their property. There is currently an ordinance forbidding chickens to be housed within city limits. Sathre brought information about a similar ordinance in the city of Duluth that allows property owners to have hens but no roosters. A licensing fee is charged for the chickens. She is asking the city to consider amending its ordinance. Mayor Jason Goodwin tabled discussion until the council members can consider options. Sathre was invited to the next council meeting.

Fire Chief Corey Hurst spoke about the danger of wildfires starting from burn piles. He would like to remind people there is a burning ban at present. The “I am responding” system is now being used by the Barnum Fire Department. On this system a text message is received by a firefighter that states the location of the fire, the address and a map. The firefighter can respond immediately to the message. The system tracks the time, location and number of responders. Other local fire departments are also on this new system.

City clerk Kris Asperheim reported an increase in zoning permits. There is a developer considering the construction of a sub-division of homes. The Planning Commission will be discussing the proposal.

Brett Collier, director of Public Works, reported flushing of water lines and cleanup of a tree that fell in the city park. The area behind the municipal liquor store has been cleared in preparation for the construction of a volleyball court. The construction of a new water main will take place this summer. Work will be done between Highway 61 and the west end of town on County Road 6 involving the shoulder of the road. A new water hydrant will be placed at the west end of the new water main.

Bear Lake Campground will have new hosts for the season. Scott and Lisa Drewlo will receive full camping privileges for managing the campground. Gary Swekhard will cover when they are not available for half price on his camping costs. The three of them will coordinate so the campground is always covered by management.

The next regular meeting of the Barnum City Council will be held on Monday, May 11, 6 p.m. in city hall.


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