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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Potential for further housing development in Sturgeon Lake


September 19, 2019

The regular meeting of the Sturgeon Lake City Council on September 12 began with an interesting proposal brought forward by Tanner Kranz, a developer who recently purchased 13 acres of land in the city. Mr. Kranz has worked with Blackbox Container Studios, a company that builds homes out of shipping containers, and he wanted to begin his own development of the same sort in Sturgeon Lake.

Mr. Kranz explained that what he builds is “a traditional home with a different shell.” The shipping container is given a thin layer of spray foam, steel studs are put in, and windows are pressure-fitted.

He approached the council to find out what sort of housing was needed or wanted in the area, such as elderly housing or assisted living, and what sort of building codes he needed to meet. Mr. Kranz doesn’t have any official plans laid out as of yet. At the council’s suggestion, he agreed to return to the next regular meeting with more information to present.

City employee Scott Helfman informed the council that he began flushing the water hydrants the previous week and would continue to do so through September.

City Clerk Loralea Beede-Slocum stated there were issues with people that were not city staff or on the council going through records in the city hall’s office, leading to misfiling and/or loss of documentation. “Going forward that will not be allowed,” said Beede-Slocum. She clarified that access would still be granted to review public city documentation but only when assisted by staff.

Mayor Todd Danelski brought up the issue again of selective cutting on city-owned land by the river and proposed quotes for the labor. Councilor Jessica Langhorst suggested, and the council agreed, to put it officially as an item on the agenda for the next regular council meeting to make a final decision.

The council considered hiring a new city auditor due to communication and tardiness issues with the current one. However, they decided to table the matter for the time being to see how the current audit for the year concluded.

The council set the Special Assessment Hearing for October 10 at 6 p.m. with the regular city council meeting to follow.


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