Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a referendum to expand the Menahga School. Menahga School officials have scaled down the building project by about $3 million. This time the project is scaled down by about $3 million.
Construction of a new well and well house has begun in Park Rapids. The new well is located south of Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids. The well is deep, at about 287 feet. North Star Drilling has been contracted to dig the well. Jack Thilquist, who is heading up the work with North Star Drilling, said drilling should be completed by Tuesday.
Public transportation in Park Rapids and Hubbard County has seen a spike in riders - especially those who use wheelchairs or scooters. Linda Bair, Heartland Express transit coordinator, said buses have been busiest in the city of Park Rapids. Two buses run in the city. One runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. and the second bus comes on up to five hours as needed. Riders are picked up at their front doors and at the time of their choice, which is different than a route schedule.
Alan Zemek is asking to consider designating a redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District for the Armory. Zemek, a developer, has been acquiring grants over the last year to research the building and determine whether it is feasible to redevelop. "There's still a substantial challenge there," he said. "The heating system is completely gone, you'd go broke if you tried to put that boiler back into service, the building needs a lot of upgrades for health and public safety and fire safety." Despite those hurdles, Zemek is continuing to move forward step by step.
Enrollment projections for Menahga School continue to go up and up. Superintendent Mary Klamm said school staff has always figured out projections by calling county officials, looking at the newspaper for births and hearing about people moving into the area. "It wasn't real scientific," she said.
Park Rapids will have very little signage downtown after the Main Avenue reconstruction project. The Park Rapids City Council reviewed its downtown signage after Scott Wilson, with Park Theater, approached the board last month saying it was inconsistent. He requested the council reimburse him for a towing fee and impound fee after a vehicle was towed in February. He thought the council should reimburse the fees because there wasn't a sign saying no parking for snow removal right in front of the theater, where the vehicle was parked.
In keeping with the idea to be creative in saving money, the Park Rapids City Council will now meet during the day to save on overtime pay for employees. The measure should save about $7,500 in overtime pay per year, said city administrator Bill Smith. Department heads attend most of the council's meetings. By having meetings during the regular workday, the council hopes to cut overtime costs. The city council will now meet at noon the second and fourth Tuesdays instead of 7 p.m.