By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum school board considers banners to promote school


January 24, 2019

Barnum Schools Superintendent Dave Bottem presented an idea to the Barnum City Council on Monday, Jan. 14, about banners on the light poles in the city promoting the school.

“It would be a good way to promote the city and the school,” he told the council. “The water tower has ‘Home of the Bombers.’”

Bottem said that the cost of the banners would be $55 each and the brackets would add another $52 for each pole. The cost of the banners and brackets for the high school parking lot would be approximately $500.

“The school board hasn’t made any decisions yet,” he told the council. “This is just something that we are thinking about for marketing the school.”

One councilor suggested that the community club may be interested in funding the project.

Bottem also spoke about the contract between the city and the school district for RJM Park that will be due for renewal in September.

“Is this something that you want to discuss?” he asked. “If the park reverts back to the school only, no tobacco use would be allowed. Tobacco use is not allowed on school property.”

There was no comment from the council. The issue will be considered.

Dave Gerard met with the council to ask whether other quotes had been received to demolish the old fire hall, located just east of the park.

Mayor Jason Goodwin explained that three bids had been received previously but there was a problem with the details in the call for bids.

“There was nothing in the call for bids about checking for asbestos in the building,” said City Clerk Bernadine Reed.

Gerard explained that all commercial buildings needed to be checked for asbestos but residences do not.

It was said that the issue would be resolved by the February meeting of the council.

In other business, the council approved a $500 donation to the Barnum Community Club, approved two other donations from the city, agreed to write a lease to rent out an office in the city hall, and approved support of a DNR grant for improvements at Bear Lake Park.

The next meeting of the Barnum City Council will be on Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.


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