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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake 2019 tax levy sees 2% increase


December 20, 2018

The Moose Lake City Council discussed the Small Area Land Plan at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The plan for the school district property had been shown to the public at a presentation at the school on Dec. 6. Space for commercial lots have been listed on the plan, as well as commercial lots combined with residential space on a second level. Multi-family housing and single-family housing was marked for the remainder of the property.

“The next step is for the ARDC (Arrowhead Regional Development Commission) to put together the zoning,” said City Administrator Tim Peterson. "The EDA (the Moose Lake Economic Development Commission), the school board and the city are planning on working with a real estate company to put together appraisals for the property and then list it for sale.”

There was a question whether anyone has shown any interest in purchasing any of the property.

“One person has come in 15 times,” said Peterson. “I don’t know if it is serious. We need to have the property surveyed.”

A draft report for the Knollwood Drive water line installation project is still in the process of being written, Peterson reported.

The assessments were very high, he had reported at the last meeting.

“We are looking at providing the residents a petition,” Peterson said. “We may be able to defer assessments for senior citizens or maybe pick a dollar amount for senior citizens if they sign a petition.”

The council accepted the resignation of Mark Skelton, the manager of the municipal liquor store, who has been an employee for 40 years, with thanks for his years of service.

There was discussion about changing the position.

“The liquor store manager should be moved to a salaried position,” said Peterson. “We also need a job description. That needs to go through the liquor committee. It will be two or three weeks before we make a final decision.”

The council also accepted the resignation of Steve Devine-Jelinski, the Director of the Moose Lake Public Library.

The position has been posted.

A Truth in Taxation meeting was held during the city council meeting. Peterson read through the various items in the budget and recommended that the tax levy for 2019 be set at a two percent increase, $574,577. The council approved the levy.

In answer to a concern by a resident of the mobile home park that was brought to the council last month, Peterson said he had checked with other cities to see if there was were regulations about commercial vehicles.

He said none were specific to the problem the resident had brought to the council and said it was a matter between the two parties.

No one was present for the second reading of the proposed ordinance about the Gas Franchise Fee. Peterson reported that the four big users of natural gas in the city have agreed to the terms of the fee. The average resident of the city will pay a $2 a month meter fee plus .014 cents per therm.

“The revenues from this fee will be used for repairing streets and utilities,” said Peterson. “It is a flat fee, and it will be the same for everyone.”

Work is continuing in the city garage, where a heated shop is being built in the back of the garage.

The city council approved a bid from Nyland Electric in the amount of $5,450 for electrical work for the shop.

In other business, the council approved an application from Kiwanis to conduct bingo, approved a joint resolution with the Moose Lake School District for the Safe Routes to School grant application; approved the 2019 contract with Arrowhead Transit, approved a Detective Position Memorandum of Understanding, and approved the purchase of a pickup broom and a skid sprayer for the public works department. A list of open positions for the various committees will be published in the newspaper. The annual appointments to the committees will take place in January.

The next meeting of the Moose Lake City Council was set for Wednesday, January 9, at 4 p.m.


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