The Park Rapids City Council received a report on Tuesday about how city staff responded to a resident’s concerns about recurring issues with his water service line freezing.

At the March 10 council meeting, Eastern Ave. resident Kent Brock asked the city to take responsibility for the cost of repairs, potentially to include moving his service deeper underground, due to changes in the grade of the street since his home was built in 1972.

In a letter included in the council’s March 24 agenda packet, City Administrator Ryan Mathisrud and Public Works Superintendent Scott Burlingame reminded Brock that under city ordinance 50.04 (D) Cost of Installation, “the cost of installing the service from the main to the premises, as well as repairs to the same shall be borne entirely by the consumer.”

They advised Brock either to hire a contractor to do the work, pulling any necessary permits, or to have the city order the repairs, with the cost to be assessed to his property.

“Typically, assessments can be spread over a period of 10 to 20 years thereby alleviating the need to pay immediately,” they wrote.

In consent items and general business, the city council:

  • Proclaimed April 1 as Census Day, supporting the goals of the Heartland Lakes Area Complete Count Committee and encouraging residents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.

  • Announced that Mathisrud received a six-month performance evaluation on March 10, in which the council determined he successfully completed his probationary period, and gave him a salary step increase to $35.36 per hour.

  • Rezoned two residential parcels, at 109 and 115 Park Ave. N., as B-1 (highway business), as a preliminary to platting the Simonson Third Addition.

  • Accepted the resignations of City Treasurer Angela Brumbaugh, Public Facilities Superintendent Chris Fieldsend and part-time accounts payable clerk Lisa Dormanen.

  • Updated the job description for the city accountant/treasurer position.

  • Purchased four police squad vehicles from various vendors for a total of $189,962, including computers, equipment, lights and graphics, in accord with the city’s planned repair and replacement schedule.

  • Paid Hough, Inc. $26,647 for a replacement cover on Lift Station 2 for the public works department.

  • Approved an amended T-hangar leasing policy for the municipal airport and the first reading of an ordinance amendment regarding airport fees.

  • Granted the Armory Arts and Events Center a public facilities use permit (PFUP) to close the first three blocks of Main Avenue South for Crazy Days, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 23, as well as a multi-vendor transient merchant license for the same event.

  • Approved a PFUP for the Armory Arts and Events Center to use Pioneer Park from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on July 23 for Crazy Days kids’ entertainment.

  • Approved payables totaling $32,916 and prepaids totaling $1,667,800 since March 10.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at city hall, following a 5 p.m. joint workshop with the Park Rapids Area Schools regarding the proposed development of a community use space.