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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum's old fire hall demolished

 

Lois Johnson

The former fire hall is being demolished.

The old Barnum Fire Hall is being demolished, it was reported to the Barnum City Council on Monday, May 13. A demolition permit had been obtained.

The council approved hiring Tim Peterson as a firefighter and EMT after the recommendation by Fire Chief Corey Hurst.

Hurst also reported that Unit 494 had been sold for $6,000.

"A man from Utah bought it," he said. "He flew into Duluth, Ubered to Barnum and drove it back to Utah. He said that he always wanted a fire truck like that. It will be for private use, not public use."

Hurst also reported that an automatic mutual aid agreement is being developed between the Barnum and Blackhoof Fire Departments and Carlton County. The agreement is expected to be completed in a month. With the agreement, each department would respond to calls from the other department automatically to make sure that there are enough personnel.

There was discussion about whether to replace the siren.

Hurst recommended replacing it.

"From my viewpoint, it is a necessity," he said. "People in town would hear it and so would the firefighters, if they don't have their pagers, which is rare."

Hurst said that the fire department may be able to assist with funding a replacement siren.

Steve Eller met with the council to ask if he could search the grounds with a metal detector in the evening during the demolition phase of removing the community center.

Mayor Jason Goodwin and Councilor Dale Riihiluoma told Eller that the request was very premature. It was recommended that he return in a year when the project is closer to getting underway.

Eller also offered to photograph the building before it is demolished.

After he left the meeting, Goodwin reported that the Meyer Group, who is working on the design of a new building that will replace the community center, does not have cost information yet.

More information will be brought to a future meeting.

City Clerk Bernadine Reed reported that she has met with USDA about applying for funding for the community center project. She said that the maximum amount of funds that could be granted, if the application were approved, was $40,000. The council passed a motion to submit the application.

The council discussed disposing of the Hanging Horn Public Access. Public Works Superintendent Brett Collier pointed out that the DNR had sold the park to the city for $1 but the land is not connected to the city land. The well is unusable and no camping is allowed. People dump trash in the dumpsters and the city has to pay for disposal. He also mows the grass in the park.

Clerk Reed was asked to research the possible options for disposing of the property.

The council also discussed the sale of city-owned lots. One such lot is where the creamery had once been located, and there were a couple of other lots on the hill, it was said. No decision was made.

The next meeting of the council was set for Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m.

 

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