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Park Rapids looks at more street, utility improvements

Street and utility projects continue to dominate Park Rapids city business.

The City Council heard a preliminary engineering report for sanitary sewer and water main improvements for Todd Township Annexation Area III.

The annexation agreement shows that plans and specifications must be ordered prior to 2012. The project is listed on the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2014.

Area III, which is approximately 104 acres, is located on the south side of Fish Hook Lake. The study focuses on extensions to the Fish Hook Park addition and Welle's Channel Shores, with 32 parcels.

City engineer Jon Olson told the City Council Tuesday that although the water supply system is operating at peak capacity, the increased water demand would not significantly impact the water capacity of the system.

The Wastewater Treatment Facility is also likely sufficient in capacity to accommodate the wastewater flows from this area. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will make the final determination, however. A permit will be required.

Cost estimates for the project total $837,300 with $223,600 as the city's share and $613,700 assessable to property owners. The estimated assessment for an average 100-foot interior lot is $17,000.

The Park Rapids City Council has received some backlash from property owners affected by other recent street projects. Several property owners opposed assessments for the Main Avenue reconstruction project; many said they couldn't afford the high assessment costs due to the economy.

A public hearing has been set for April 24, 2012. At that time property owners can ask questions about the proposed improvements.

For more information contact City Hall at 732-3163.

In other business, the council:

n Approved a request for two additional handicapped parking stalls on Third Street West and Court Avenue for Trinity Church. Similar requests have been granted for other churches in town.

n Briefly discussed the upcoming Truth in Taxation scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The council wanted to make sure city staff is prepared and ready to answer questions that might be asked from property owners at the meeting.

n Approved purchasing bulk storage shelving and warehouse shelving for the wine area at Rapids Spirits Municipal Liquor Store.

n Approved the 2012 debt fund budget, which includes bond repayments.

n Approved 2012 budgets for water, sewer, liquor and stormwater Enterprise Funds, the Airport Fund and Internal Service Funds.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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