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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum debates replacing siren


April 18, 2019

The Barnum City Council discussed replacing the siren at the monthly meeting on Monday, April 8.

In the discussion, it was said that, with pagers, a siren is no longer needed for firefighters to be notified that they need to respond to the fire hall. Just three of the firefighters live in the city.

“My concern is a tornado warning,” said Mayor Jason Goodwin. “But, by the time it is all said and done, a new siren could cost us $15,000.

The topic was tabled. Goodwin said that he would bring the subject to the fire department meeting for further discussion.

Several members of the American Legion met with the council to ask that they be given a chance to look through the community center building well before it is demolished. Some old records, such as the original charter, have been lost.

They also asked for storage space in the new building for their equipment. They now have an 8 x 8-foot storage room in the community center.

“We are in the initial stages of the plans,” said Goodwin. “We definitely don’t want to lose you. We are not sure if we can give you an 8 by 8 space. It is very early in the process.”

One of the members said that the community center was built by the Legion in 1922 but he wasn’t sure when it was turned over to the city.

The owner of a mini storage facility located near Chickadee’s on County Road 13 met with the council to ask permission to build a storage building using containers as the walls. The city has a ban on containers (similar to truck boxes) in the city.

“We had a few people in town who had containers,” said Goodwin. “Some people used them as garages. They were unsightly so we made an ordinance against using them in the city. If we let one person have them, we would have to let everyone have them.”

The mini storage owner said that the containers would be used for the walls of the building and a roof put over them. They would be enclosed eventually. That building would be located behind the mini storage building.

Goodwin said that the city would do research about the request.

Public Works Supervisor Brett Collier reported that 187,000 gallons of water were lost during a water line break in the Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park.

“There were five homes on that line,” he said. “I had to wait for two hours before the owner of the mobile home park came from the Cities, and then they hit the main gas line when they were repairing the water line break in the mobile home park.”

In other business, the council passed motions to adopt resolutions for the Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club for bingo at the community center during Spring Fever Days, and authorized another resolution for the Wrenshall Fire Department Relief Association on Aug. 18.

The council passed a motion for the city to purchase the property from the county where the former creamery had been located in the amount of $1,104.30. The city plans to sell the property.

The next meeting of the council was set for Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m.


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