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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Bid accepted to demolish Barnum's former fire hall


February 21, 2019

The bid was awarded to Dave Gerard Excavating to demolish the former fire hall in Barnum at the meeting of the Barnum City Council on Monday, Feb. 11.

Gerard had won a previous bid but the bid had to be rewritten and resubmitted because checking for asbestos had to be included in the bid.

Gerard’s bid was $9,397. One other bid had been submitted but it was higher.

There was discussion about animal control. Mayor Jason Goodwin said that there is an ordinance that animal control be provided however, there is no place to take stray animals found in the city.

The City can advertise for an animal control officer but that person has to be licensed. The officer can hold an animal for five days. If the animal is dangerous, people can call 911.

No action was taken about the issue.

The Barnum Fire Chief, Corey Hurst, reported that the new fire truck has arrived. The old fire truck is being advertised for sale to other fire departments on the League of Minnesota Cities website. If it doesn’t sell there, it will be advertised on Lots for Bid.

Three firefighters have turned in their resignations, he said, but one former firefighter is coming back to the department.

The council passed a motion to hire that person.

More firefighters and first responders are needed during the daytime hours, said Hurst.

Kris Asperheim, the deputy city clerk, and Councilor Dale Riihiluoma reported that they had attended a conference about the 2020 census coming up starting in August.

“That’s a good opportunity for employment for some people,” said Riihiluoma. “If a census taker comes to your house, they can come back three times if you don’t fill out the paperwork.”

In other business, the council agreed to give a donation of $100 to the Barnum post prom committee.

The next meeting of the Barnum City Council is Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at city hall.


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