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Park Rapids CIP outlines several large projects

By Anna Erickson

If the Park Rapids City Council followed a proposed Capital Improvement Plan over the next five years all major underground utility projects could be completed.

Councilman Dave Konshok said it could be the light at the end of the utility tunnel.

But the CIP is more of a wish list, Mayor Pat Mikesh said.

The CIP outlines large needs and wants in the city over five years, including street and utility projects, park improvements, equipment purchases and more.

Projects completed on the CIP are funded in part by the liquor store fund and in part by bonding.

Several major projects are listed on the proposed CIP for 2014-18.

The water treatment facility will be carried over from 2013. The project is under construction on the west end of the city this fall.

Water and sewer utility projects in Riverside Avenue, Todd Township, Rice Park, Discovery Circle and a portion of northwest Park Rapids are on the CIP.

Other projects include a library elevator upgrade, which is required to pass inspection, laptops for squad cars, a fire department ladder truck and Red Bridge Park improvements.

A public hearing for the CIP will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Park Rapids Area Library lower level meeting room. Members of the public will have a chance to ask questions or provide input on the CIP at that time.

In other business, the council:

n Recognized police officer Carrie Parks for 15 years of employment with the city.

n Approved rezoning land to R-3 on the eastern edge of town. The land had been zoned B-1 in 2006, when there was more growth.

City planner Dan Walker said someone would like to build a home on the land. The Planning Commission recommended rezoning the land.

n Approved hiring Jade Wattenhofer as a full time Public Works street maintenance worker.

n Appointed Matthew Rousu as a volunteer firefighter.

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