By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Sturgeon Lake bonding bill enters legislation


March 19, 2020

At the Sturgeon Lake city council’s regular meeting on March 10, Tim Korby noted that the $1.8 million bonding bill to help fund a new City Hall and Fire Station has entered legislation. Another bill for $2 million earmarked for roads has entered legislation as well. “Hopefully will be funded this year,” Korby said, but noted that bonding bills take from six months up to possibly six years.

Paul Swanson, a District Forester with Pine Soil & Water Conservation District in Sandstone, presented to the board information and some of the upcoming decisions needed in what will be an Arbor Day type of event. Swanson talked about how this year will be the second year Pine Soil & Water helps a smaller city with this type of event.

Sturgeon Lake was the first city to respond this year, and it will be a “community involvement event,” to try to get the community more positively involved and aware of the outdoors with possible events like planting trees. The city is allocated up to $500 to use on the event and will have the free services of Swanson. Friday, April 24 is Arbor Day.

However, with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, it is uncertain if a community event will go forward this year.

The city had a loss of $4,177 in 2018, but a profit of $106,240 in 2019, with $12,831 written into the 2020 budget for unexpected expenses.

A proposed ordinance was approved, pending an attorney review, for rates of pay for the city council as $50 per council member for each meeting attended, $100 for the mayor each meeting the mayor attends.

The next regular meeting of the city council is April 14 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


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