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The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse was held Dec. 2-3. This year the Radiothon was able to raise another $20,000 and that brings the six year total to nearly $140,000. The radiothon is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Katrina Carrier, Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said the council uses the money to continue supporting MAHUBE crisis care nursery, which provides a safe place for children during a time of crisis. Money is also used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley.
A community ice skating rink could be ready for skaters the end of this week or next week. The rink will be located at Depot Park in Park Rapids between the tennis courts and J&B Foods. Paul Larson is a member of the Park Rapids Park Board and has spearheaded the initiative. "I'm looking at a possible leisure rink for kids instead of the hockey rink," he said at a Park Rapids City Council meeting earlier this year. "They have a tough time with ice time. The outside ice is used by other players and teams." Larson is looking to move snow this week. It will be 120 x 100 feet.
A proposed Park Rapids levy would increase by 13.95 percent in 2011, the majority of the increase stemming from street utility projects. The Park Rapids City Council still has an opportunity to lower the levy, though, after hearing feedback from the public Tuesday at the Truth in Taxation hearing. The proposed levy for 2011 is $2,259,686, up from $1,983,127 in 2010. The general fund remained rather flat, with $1,482,245 proposed for 2011, up from $1,406,032 in 2010.
The 2011 enterprise fund budget for Park Rapids is looking similar to 2010 with the exception of increased revenue from a storm water utility. Enterprise funds include the airport, water, sewer, liquor store, storm water and the public works/safety building. Angela Brumbaugh, city treasurer, said the airport is typically supplemented with liquor store funds to balance the budget.
The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The radiothon is this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3. Katrina Carrier, Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said the council uses the money to continue supporting MAHUBE crisis care nursery, which provides a safe place for children during a time of crisis. Money is also used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley.
City staff will go out to look at properties receiving high storm water utility fees to negotiate possible credits. The Park Rapids City Council directed staff to do this after receiving feedback from citizens at a public meeting Nov. 17. At that meeting, many business owners called the high storm water utility fees unfair. A few property owners also attended Tuesday's regular council meeting to find out more information. Many weren't satisfied with the council's decisions.
The Park Rapids City Council is feeling pressure to replace aging infrastructure throughout town while taxpayers want lower taxes because of an ailing economy. The discussion was brought up again Tuesday as city engineer Jon Olson presented a preliminary engineering report to replace infrastructure in the Riverside area of Park Rapids. The project would replace infrastructure on Washington Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Forest Avenue, Beach Road, Third Street and Fifth Street west of the Fish Hook River.
Menahga School District property owners could face an increase in property taxes for facility improvements to the school to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. "Tonight we're here to talk about addressing our needs that we have as far as accessibility for all students," said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm. The major problem area is the basement, where the locker rooms, weight room and wrestling facilities are located. "The issue is that we have physical education going on in the wrestling room," she said. When looking at ADA rules, it says state and local governments mu