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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Campground opening postponed


April 16, 2020

With the extension of the Stay Home Order, at the regular meeting on April 8 the council agreed to push the opening date of the campground from May 1 to May 22. However, the date is still tentative since it’s possible another order will be issued by Governor Walz. The council will meet again prior to that date and if any changes are needed, they will be made at that time.

People traveling from out of the area to use the campground pose the possibility of further spreading the novel coronavirus.

“I’m looking at all the things people are saying advising people not to come up to their cabins,” said Councilor Kris Huso, “but I feel like this is giving people the okay to come up to our small town.”

However, campers also make up a portion of income for local businesses who are in need of customers now more than ever.

“I’m open for discussion about this,” said Councilor Walter Lower, “but the small businesses are depending on that income. If we close it down for too long, they will start looking for another campground in the area, pull out, and go to one of those.”

“I think the governor is going to decide for us,” said Councilor Greg Sarvela.

While the tentative date of May 15 has been set, the opening of the campground may be changed at the next city council meeting.

Moose Lake’s city offices will remain closed to in-person contact during the extension of the Stay Home Order in effect until May 4. However, staff will remain available to answer the public’s questions and concerns via phone or email.

The public works department has reopened as of Monday, April 13 in order to do work that can be done safely with social distance measures in place. Public Works Superintendent Phil Entner said they will begin pothole filling, and street sweeping will take place the week of April 20th. Hydrant flushing is scheduled for May 4.

Mayor Ted Shaw commented that Agate Days in July is still up in the air at this point.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to know for at least a month,” said Mayor Shaw.

Councilor Kris Huso commented, “Every city, county, state is having the same problems. We’ll just have to follow the governor’s decisions. Everyone’s in the same spot.”

Interim Police Chief Mike McNulty said the police department will continue to run fully staffed but with disinfecting and social distancing measures in place. The front lobby of the police department is still closed to the public. They are not doing fingerprinting at this time but they have done a few gun permits via a drop off point outside.

McNulty also wanted to say how proud he is of the community. “Our town really comes together and we can see it again now. It’s good to see.”

The Local Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting was canceled by the council as recommended by Carlton County Assessor Kyle Holmes. Those needing to discuss their property’s value or classification should contact their assessor office.

In other business, the council approved the low bid for the sewer lining project at $108,805.

The council passed a motion to donate $400 to the Legacy of Excellence which is a new foundation that supports creative and innovative programs in school district 97.

The council adopted Carlton County’s policy concerning mailboxes which states homeowners are the ones responsible for the maintenance and repair of their mailboxes. Superintendent Entner stated mailboxes which hang on a swinging post are the best for avoiding damage from snow plows.

The 2020 Fee Schedule was adopted, which increased the price of the peddler’s permit (for things such as a farmer’s market) to $30/daily, $60/monthly, and $100/annually.

The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for May 13 at 4 p.m. which will be held remotely.


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