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By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Fire hall continues to leak in Sturgeon Lake


Fire Chief Mike Mikrot and Assistant Fire Chief Al Cekalla addressed the Sturgeon Lake City Council with a few concerns at its regular meeting July 12. The fire hall roof continues to leak, and no contractor has been found to do the work. There are some other repairs that need to be addressed as well. Those who can do roof and stucco repair are urged to contact city hall.

The department also needs storage for equipment and wireless Internet in the fire hall. The new emergency system for Pine County requires the Internet, Mikrot explained. During the discussion the city agreed the department can use two large spaces from whatever is available and keep using the one small unit in the city’s rental storage building.

The department is making plans for National Night Out to be held at the city park on August 7.

Cekalla reported most calls were medical in nature, and the department was recognized for helping with the search for a drowning victim in Sturgeon Lake.

Mayor Elizabeth Cisar asked for a fire department budget as the 2019 budget is being prepared. Cisar said it was acceptable to be saving for capital needs.

Parks update

The Sturgeon Lake City Council resolved to set up a fund for park improvements Thursday. The fund is being started with $2,500 with a short-term goal of raising $10,000 for a slide for the park. Park Commissioner Russell Correira reported the benches purchased for the park are assembled and ready for installation.

Ron Kohner, Art Underhill and Ron Mlaskoch attended the meeting to discuss a different way to divide lots on land they had purchased that is now in the flood plain. The city council gave the green light to proceed with their plan which regroups six lots so that all have high ground for building.

Building permit

One resident addressed the council regarding the replacement of her camper and was told she needed a survey and a building permit as the lot lines could not be located to determine if setback requirements can be met for the road right-of-way. There are also two older buildings on the property which Helfman said he was “99 percent sure” didn’t meet current setback requirements and may need grandfathered in.

Treasurer, clerk duties

Clerk Carole Lahti presented a division of responsibilities for she and Treasurer Kathy Lake to the council. The division reflects Lake’s experience with payroll.

Councilor Jessica Langhorst asked if the hours needed would still be accurate for each position, and Lahti said she thought they would be once training is completed. The council was in favor of giving the new set-up a trial period.

Other business

The council approved sewer pond valve repair and repair of a cracked windshield for the city truck.

J.J.’s Bottle Shop’s liquor license was renewed.

Election judges were approved for 2018.

The council approved two resolutions, one for discussion with DekTek Tile and the other, the engineering agreement, regarding the water and sewer connection for DekTek’s new building.

The council discussed which types of expenses should be submitted as claims to insurance for water and sewer repairs.

It was noted the Embassy went into foreclosure so blight and water and sewer issues would need to be addressed with the bank.

The council heard a presentation regarding technology support services by Bill Kimbler of CW Technology.

It was reported the purple basalt seems to be holding up well on roads, and Dynamite Road is under water and will need some work in the future to prevent that.


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