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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Storage containers allowed in Barnum


October 24, 2019

The Barnum City Council passed an ordinance to allow containers for storage in areas zoned C-2, at the meeting of the council on Monday, Oct. 14.

Charles Young, the owner of a storage business on County Road 13, had met with the council on several occasions to request that he be allowed to use storage containers for his business, which is located within the city limits.

He said that the containers would not be visible from the street and that they would be painted to match the storage units on the site.

He had told the council at a later meeting that he had purchased and moved two containers to his business property before the ordinance was approved because they were available at a good price.

It has been said at past meetings that the city had an ordinance banning containers from property in the city because people were using them for garages and other uses and they looked unsightly.

It was said that Ordinance 137 would allow containers on commercial property but not where the containers would be visible from the street.

A building permit would have to be issued and a separate fee paid for each container, it was said.

In other business, the council approved a lease agreement with Air Fiber for an antenna on the city’s water tower at $300 a month, with an annual 3 percent increase beginning in January 2021; accepted a proposal from Wipfli for auditing services; approved the computer use and social media policies; approved a donation to the Barnum yearbook; and accepted the resignation of Mark Hassett, a maintenance man.

The next meeting of the council was changed to Monday, Nov. 18, due to Veterans Day on the normal meeting day. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.


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