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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake levy raised 5%

Water, sewer rates also increased


December 21, 2017

The Moose Lake City Council passed a motion to raise the tax levy for 2018 by 5 percent, at the monthly meeting of the council on Wednesday, December 13.

City Administrator Tim Peterson reviewed the 2018 budget during the Truth in Taxation public hearing before the council passed the motion to increase the levy. No one was present to make comments or ask questions about the budget.

Replacing the two city wells and the wellhouse are on the list of future capital improvements. A rate increase of 3 percent was proposed for both the water and sewer services.

Councilor Kris Huso pointed out that an increase in those rates, in addition to the increase in electrical rates, would present financial difficulties for city residents and businesses. She proposed the water rates only be raised by 1.5 percent.

The council passed a motion to raise water rates by 1.5 percent and sewer rates by 3 percent.

Included in the budget was the purchase of a new surveillance system at the municipal liquor store, and the purchase of two new computers for the police department squad vehicles. The purchase of new banners and winter decorations were also included in the budget.

The council passed a resolution to ask for legislation in 2018 to provide deputy registrars with the proper compensation for their services. The resolution stated there have been additional duties, office equipment and time spent by the registrars since the installation of the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System program, and the current filing fees do not cover the operational costs.

Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm reported the police officers are monitoring traffic on County Road 10 during morning and afternoon weekday school hours, when students are arriving and departing the school.

He said several drivers have been stopped due to driving faster than 20 miles an hour in the school zone.

“I have sent a letter to Carlton County Commissioner Gary Peterson to ask that the county install speed zone radar signs on each end of the school zone,” said Bogenholm. “The signs have done wonders to slow traffic down on Arrowhead Lane and Folz Boulevard,” he stated in the letter to Peterson.

Bogenholm also reported that 19 applications were received for the full-time police officer position, 16 were interviewed and the position will be offered to one of seven candidates.

Tia Grutkoski, president of the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the council about the upcoming Ice Bocce event at the city park on February 10. She said it is a fundraiser for the post prom committees in Barnum, Moose Lake and Willow River schools.

Other upcoming chamber events are the annual meeting on January 13, 2018, at the Soo Line Event Center and the Business Expo on April 21 at Riverside Arena.

The council approved a request from the chamber for funding of eight events during the year, totaling $800, or $100 for each event. However, the chamber will have to send in separate requests before each event to receive the funds, it was stated.

The council also approved a request from the Moose Lake Area Historical Society for funding in the amount of $2,000 for a mural depicting scenes from the Fires of 1918 that is being painted on the upper walls of the museum for the 100th Commemoration of the Fires of 1918 next year.

Historical society president, Steve Olson, explained that an application for a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has been submitted, but it will not be known until later in January if the grant is approved.

The council was once again asked to amend the application for funding from the Mighty Ducks program because of a delay in the delivery of a new ice resurfacer.

The council approved a contract with Arrowhead Transit bus service in Moose Lake for another year. A report showed there were 833 rides for the year, which breaks down to 70 rides per month.

Yvonne Skelton, Tia Grutkoski and Steve Olson were appointed to the Moose Lake Economic Development Authority. One other applicant did not meet the requirements for residency or business location, but was encouraged to join other committees and the chamber of commerce.

The council received a letter from Steve Devine-Jelinski stating he is not interested in being reappointed to the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission and Planning Commission after his term expires on December 31.

Applicants are needed for appointments to various boards and commissions. Contact city hall at (218) 485-4010 if interested.

The reorganizational meeting of the Moose Lake City Council was set for Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., with the council meeting to follow.


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