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City council approves Crystal Brook lift station

The Park Rapids City Council last week approved an application by KI Developers to install a lift station to handle wastewater at Crystal Brook, the Knute Nelson 88-unit senior housing facility which broke ground on Thursday, June 15.

According to information presented to the council by City Planner Ryan Mathisrud, the developer found during the permitting process that a privately owned lift station would not be permitted by the Department of Labor and Industry that would also meet the city's needs.

The agreement approved by the council establishes a city-owned lift station that will be installed by, paid for, maintained by, and when needed, replaced by the owner of the lot.

The senior housing facility will be located at 1006 Crocus Hill Street off of South Henrietta Avenue and across from Itasca-Mantrap. Construction on Crystal Brook will officially begin on Monday, June 26.

Business construction

The council approved a resolution for a conditional use permit to construct a detail shop, auto and RV repairs and sales, boat and RV storage and shrink wrap business along with a private residence at 1013 First Street East.

The Planning Commission reviewed the request by Todd Payne, representing Covenant Ridge Investments, and recommended council approval of the business, as well as establishment of an apartment at the same location.

The council also approved a variance to allow off-site signage on property at 1011 First Street East for a pylon or monument sign for the business.

Certificate of Achievements

City of Park Rapids employee Kristine Cook was recognized for 15 years of employment with the police department, and Rapids Spirits Manager Scott Olson for his 25 years with the city.

Consent agenda items

The council approved the following consent agenda items:

• Replacement of the library roof at a cost of $65,670 to the low quote from Herzog Roofing.

• Pay request to Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission for the second half of 2017 annual investment in the amount of $20,000.

• Payment to Anderson Brothers Construction in the amount of $234,299 for the 2016 Apron & Taxiway Rehab Project.

• Permit for an outdoor public fireworks display for Flashing Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 to held at Heartland Park.

• Transient merchant license for Alan Kurth of Park Rapids Assembly of God Church to sell fireworks June 25 to July 4 in a lot on Highway 34 West.

• Temporary on sale liquor license for Shell Prairie Agricultural Association in Park Rapids.