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Nevis Council member resigns; expansion plan for school approved

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

The Nevis City Council authorized a conditional use permit and parcel combination in a residential area to accommodate a school expansion plan that should be completed by fall.

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The vote Monday night was a technicality that allows encroachment into a right-of-way setback in the neighborhood. Combining the three parcels smoothed the way for the CUP by eliminating structural encroachments on the west side of the school.

The additions, on three parts of the existing building, will add 12,500 square feet classroom space, an 11 percent enlargement, said contractor Brent Lindow, a member of the city's planning commission. He spoke on behalf of planning and zoning administrator Andrew Mack, who could not attend the meeting.

Expanding the school into a residential district, even slightly, is a permitted conditional use, Lindow told the council. Combining the parcels alleviates setback issues on the west side of the building.

The approval is contingent on an erosion control plan, likely a silt fence, to contain runoff at the rear of the building.

Construction is tentatively set to begin this spring with a fall completion date by the time classes start, Lindow said.

In other business, the council:

n Approved the resignation of councilmember John Plumley and the filling of the remainder of his two-year term. No reason was given for the resignation. Plumley was not in attendance Monday night and has missed previous council meetings.

Schroeder, who will make the appointment, said he has a potential candidate, but declined to supply a name. He said he wants someone who does not have an agenda in mind already.

n Gave Nevis city employees a 3 percent raise for 2013. Mayor Paul Schroeder said employees haven't received a raise since 2011, when they were given a 1 percent hike.

Schroeder also praised maintenance supervisor Don Umthun for clearing city streets so quickly after getting more than a foot of snow Sunday.

"I'm impressed with how fast he does it," Schroeder remarked. "He does a great job. We're very fortunate to have him."

n Authorized liquor store manager Lisa Kamrowski to hire live entertainment for several upcoming events.

Kamrowski presented the council a spreadsheet that justifies the expenditures, showing how bands improve gate proceeds at the city's municipal liquor store.

Those spreadsheets were not available by press time.

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