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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Community garden proposed


Vicki Radzak of the Age to Age program proposed setting up a community garden near the bus garage to the Moose Lake School Board on Monday, June 25.

“We are looking at the next grant period starting in January 2019,” she said. “It goes for 18 months. We are looking at new projects and came up with a community garden and community orchard by the bus garage. We could have 10 raised beds. Some would be for people to stand up and take care of while others would be at a lower level for people that are sitting down.

“We could have raspberry bushes and apple trees and birdhouses. We could have an outdoor classroom where students could sit on flat rocks, and we could have sidewalks for wheelchairs. A chain-link fence could be installed to enclose the area. It would be beautiful. There is a huge area back there.

“I’m thinking that 50 people, including kids, would be active in the community garden project.”

The proposal will be discussed at a later date.

Business Manager Tara Burn presented the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

The revenue budget was $11,027,281 and the expenditure budget was $11,412,224, leaving a deficit of $384,943.

Brun explained that salary increases for staff, funds for textbook expenses, a one and a half percent increase in cost for propane for the bus fleet and funds for bills from building construction are included in the budget.

The sale of the old school and the family center have not yet been completed, reported Superintendent Robert Indihar. He added that the sale of both are expected to be completed in July.

Income from those sales are slated to be paid for the new storage building to be constructed behind the school, completing the athletic fields and purchasing a new mower, said Burn.

The board approved the budget.

Indihar reported that the water pipes in the new school need to be tested for lead.

“It is the law,” he said. “We have a new school and new pipes so there shouldn’t be a problem but I recommend that we have it done anyway. Then we won’t have to have it done for another five years.”

The board approved the McNeil Environmental Lead in Water Compliance Plan.

The next meeting of the board was set for Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m.


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