The Park Rapids City Council authorized an application on Tuesday for a Minnesota DNR Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON) grant to rebuild the four city-owned tennis courts at Depot Park.

According to the resolution passed with the council’s consent agenda, the city will act as legal sponsor for the project under an Outdoor Recreation grant application prepared by Tom Stursa.

Applications for the grant, which requires a 50/50 match, are due by March 27.

City staff’s request for council action states that the city already funds for its share of the project in the capital improvement budget, including $25,000 budgeted for park improvements in 2019 and another $25,000 budgeted for 2020.

The request breaks down the project’s funding as follows: $193,000 from the LAWCON grant, $132,000 pledged to the Park Rapids Tennis Association by 33 donors, and $62,000 city share, for a total estimated cost of $387,000.

In addition, the Park Rapids Community fund has given the city a $2,500 grant toward the soil boring needed to engineer the project, and the city has asked the Hubbard County Parks Board to supply the rest of the estimated $5,000 cost.

If the soil boring is funded, the goal is for the boring to be completed by July and the tennis courts to be completed in 2021.

Investment memo

City Treasurer Angela Brumbaugh provided a memo in council members’ agenda packet listing the balances of city investments as of December 2019. According to the memo, “these funds are typically reinvested as they mature or are called, but in the event we needed the funds we could cash it in.”

General fund investment balances included $2,975,752 with Salomon Smith Barney, including $11,280 in money funds, $450,536 in government bonds and the balance in certificates of deposit (CDs), plus $2,827,340 in CDs at Citizens National Bank, for a total of $5,803,092.

Of these investments, approximately $1.86 million mature in 2020, $1.2 million in 2021, and amounts between about $246,000 and $841,000 between 2022 and 2026.

The city also has four library fund CDs at Citizens National Bank, all maturing in 2020, with balances totaling $70,966.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved purchasing and installing two motor grader tires from Girtz Tire and Implement for $1,064, the state bid price.

  • Contracted with Cummins NPower for annual service on various city departments’ generators for $2,247.

  • Hired Ellen Albee as a part-time Rapids Spirits liquor store clerk.

  • Authorized staff to post a vacant full-time liquor store clerk position for 10 days in-house, per the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 union contract, and to advertise and interview for the position.

  • Approved a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, Park Rapids Area.

  • Approved amendments to the city zoning ordinance regarding definitions, interim uses and conditional uses.

  • Approved payables totaling $13,980 and prepaids totaling $229,885.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at city hall.