The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday approved the cost to be assessed and ordered an assessment to be prepared for the U.S. Hwy. 71 South frontage roads and 11th St. reconstruction project.

A public hearing about the proposed assessment was scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at city hall.

The city’s share of the costs of the street and utility improvements was declared to be $1,166,745, of which $411,110 can be assessed to the adjacent property owners. The proposed assessment would be levied over a 20-year period at an annual interest rate of 4.75%.

The proposed final assessment rates came in within a few dollars of the preliminary engineering report’s estimates, as follows:

  • Frontage road street improvements: $72.13 per foot of frontage.

  • 11th St. street improvements: $83.81 per foot of frontage.

  • Sanitary sewer: $51.99 per foot of frontage.

  • Sewer service: $1,954.45 each.

  • Water main: $54.41 per foot of frontage.

  • Water service: $2,167.03 each.

The assessment roll identified 21 properties with frontage on the project, including three fronting on 11th St., nine facing the west side of Hwy. 71, two fronting on both 11th St. and Hwy. 71, and seven facing Hwy. 71 from the east.

Based on the assessment formula above, the amounts proposed to be assessed on individual properties range from $1,785 to $40,184.

Council member Erika Randall moved, first, to declare the cost and order preparation of the proposed assessment, then to schedule the public hearing. Both motions passed without dissent.

In consent items and other business, the city council:

  • Approved a $30,000 grant application to Rethos (formerly the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota) for a three-year Artists on Mainstreet project. Council member Liz Stone, City Planner Andrew Mack, and Arts and Culture Advisory Commission members Laura Grisamore and Paul Albright were named as members of the project team.

  • Approved an ordinance rezoning 211 Pleasant Ave., owned by Brooke Payne, from B-2 (general business) to RB (residential-business transition).

  • Appointed Jeffery Olesen and Tricia Miller as temporary part-time Rapids Spirits liquor store clerks.

  • Approved wage adjustments and step increases for Police Officer Josh Gabriel and Public Works street maintenance worker Justin Leritz.

  • Approved the low quote of $5,350 from Gull Lake Glass to replace the north door and the opener on the south door of the public library.

  • Approved the low quote of $4,646 from Sanitation Products Inc. to replace the conveyor belt on the Public Works Department’s Elgin Pelican street sweeper.

  • Paid Mobile Ready Mix $2,100 to repair the sidewalks at Rapids Spirits municipal liquor store.

  • Paid Josh’s Collision Center $2,518 to repair the Public Works Department’s tandem plow truck.

  • Paid TKDA $2,000 for professional services for the 2018 pavement repairs and apron lighting upgrades at the municipal airport.

  • Paid Kitchigami Regional Library $25,437 for the second half of the 2019 levy and the Repair and Replacement Fund.

  • Paid Fahrner Asphalt Sealers a final $3,600 for 2018 pavement repairs at the municipal airport.

  • Paid Apex Engineering Group $54,987 for professional services regarding the Hwy. 71 frontage road project, water tower rehab and development of the city’s geographic information system (GIS).

  • Granted a public facilities use permit to Cynthia Jones with the Park Rapids Rotary to hold a trick or treat for the Hubbard County Food Shelf from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at Pioneer Park.

  • Canceled the second city council meeting for December, scheduled for Dec. 24.

  • Authorized city officials to execute a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for the Minnesota Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.

  • Certified delinquent utility bills to the Hubbard County Auditor to be included in the property owners’ tax bills payable in 2020.

  • Approved payables totaling $31,938 and prepaids totaling $190,098.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at city hall.