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By A. R. Vander Vegt
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Sturgeon Lake approves levy


December 27, 2018

At Sturgeon Lake’s regular city council meeting, the council passed a resolution to certify 2019’s levy of $198,000, resulting in no increase from last year’s levy. Councilors noted along with the passed resolution that Pine County’s has increased.

Mayor Elizabeth Cisar updated the council in regards to the Verizon cell tower. She conveyed the city had “received the green light to move forward” from the city’s attorney. Within a week or two of the meeting, she expected that all the proper documentation would be in order. The plan is to have everything in order for the tower before January.

DekTek Tile is all hooked up to the city’s sewer and water system, which required expansion of Sturgeon Lake’s current system. City worker Scott Helfman reported, “From our end, we’re done.”

The total cost of the project came in at $42,446, which “came in quite a bit less than we were anticipating,” Helfman said.

Sturgeon Lake fronted 60 percent of that cost and is working with DekTek for a payment plan for the rest.

Incoming councilor Rick Lewis brought up a resident’s concern during Presentations, Petitions and Complaints.

Lewis said he had been approached by a Sturgeon Lake city resident who is experiencing waste run-off from his neighbor’s home. The run-off is coming into his basement, damaging the foundation. This has been an ongoing issue since 2011.

Helfman has been out to the residence since the issue was initially raised. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has also been out there, even recently, he said. From Helfman’s perspective, “I don’t think we have the teeth to do anything.”

Currently, the city does not have an ordinance that would allow them to proceed with legal traction.

Cisar commented, “This issue has been addressed. I understand it has not been resolved.”

Councilor Jessica Langhorst suggested the resident look into pursuing a solution with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if something does not shape out with MPCA.

The next city council meeting will take place Thursday, January 8, at 7 p.m. December’s meeting marked the last meeting of the year with the current council. Councilors Diane Jacobson, Russell Correira, and Mayor Elizabeth Cisar will be replaced with newly elected Councilors Lewis, Adam Langhorst and Mayor Todd Danelski.


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