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By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Willow River fire department receives new equipment, city discusses needed repairs


February 14, 2019

Willow River Fire Chief Gerard Bennett reported to the Willow River City Council Monday during the regular meeting that they received six pagers paid for with the Lions Club and private donations received recently. Bennett stated the pagers cost about $300 a piece, while the radios cost around $2,000 each. He said the department is still looking into grants to help pay for those pieces of equipment still needed.

John Mikrot, water and sewer operator, said the lift station at Wyatts Cove and three meters froze during the extreme cold the week prior. He reported the lift station is running for now, but he is waiting for parts. He said he would look for a piece of culvert to surround the lift station and insulate it.

The council approved disbursements for the work finishing the repairs of the sewer pond that had been damaged from flooding in 2016. Councilor Vickie Whitehouse also reported the work was complete except for some touch-ups in the spring.

Whitehouse also said she had received an email from Jason Boyle of the Department of Natural Resources stating they had received the project worksheet, meaning the work is scheduled. Whitehouse said the dam replacement project is set for August.

On behalf of the Willow River Parent Teacher Organization, Lisa Uzenski asked the city of Willow River for permission to use the city streets for another color run. She said the proceeds go toward school supplies for students. The city approved the run scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m.

The council discussed how to go about selling some equipment owned by the city. Council member Sheldon Johnson said he didn’t think there was enough inventory to warrant hiring an auction firm.

Other business

The city approved the following:

– Pay for election judges for the special election.

– Gambling license for the Knights of Columbus bingo on Feb. 10.

– Serving as fiscal agent for the Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club with Clerk Diane Nelson to serve as agent.

In addition, the council reviewed lawn mowing needs.


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