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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

More discussion on housing project in Sturgeon Lake


October 17, 2019

Tanner Krauz met with the Sturgeon Lake City Council once again to give more information about his housing project at the meeting of the council on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Krauz explained that he owns 13 acres across the road from the cemetery and plans to build housing, using shipping containers as the base for the homes.

“I want to stick to a smaller footprint,” he said. “The homes would be 1,040 square feet. Each home would have two bedrooms and one bath.”

Krauz explained that the shipping containers would be placed on I-beams and each would have water and sewer connections.

“Some of the homes would have a shed underneath,” he told the council. “They would go up 10 feet. The bottoms would be spray foamed.”

Two containers were to be dropped off the following week, he added. Actual construction of the homes would start in the spring on the 20,000 square foot lots.

The lots need to be surveyed. Krauz was asked to bring additional information to the council as it is available.

No one attended the special assessment hearing at the beginning of the meeting.

The 2020 assessment roll was adopted. Residents that have not paid their utility bills will be assessed the past due amounts on their property taxes, it was said.

The City plans to contact Genesis Wireless about a new contract for providing space on the City’s water tower for the company’s antennas.

To date, the company has been providing internet service at no charge to the city in exchange for renting the space on the water tower.

Mayor Todd Danelski reported that calls to Genesis are not answered or returned. He said that he obtained a copy of a lease agreement between Genesis and another city from March 2018.

“I want to ask for a new agreement where we will get a monthly invoice,” he said. “It is time to get compensation for their product that they sell off of our property.”

The council passed a motion to send a certified letter to Genesis asking to review the City’s contract with the company.

The City had a blighted property cleared and passed a motion to list the lot at 9010 Royal Avenue for sale at a price of $18,900.

The council discussed quotes from auditing firms but decided to ask if the firms with the lowest quotes could provide reports by June 1 before a firm is chosen.

In other business, the council accepted a quote from St. Germain’s Glass Company for replacing the front door and windows around the door in the amount of $5,250; approved a quote from D and E Heating of Hinckley for cleaning the furnace and air conditioning system in the city hall in the amount of $300; approved the purchase of computer equipment and software in the amount of $3,500; approved the purchase of UB Max software for utility billing in the amount of $1,270; and approved the purchase of carbon monoxide detectors for the city hall. Smoke detectors have been provided by the Red Cross.

The next meeting of the council was set for Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m.


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