The Park Rapids City Council approved two engineering task orders in a conference call meeting on Tuesday.

First, the council approved a development agreement with Bob Bagne of Double Doors LLC/Beaudry Oil and Propane LLC, allowing the business to improve Deere Road, a frontage road on State Hwy. 34, eastward from Western Avenue North to the business’ driveway.

As a condition, the developer must also enter into a license agreement with the city for private snow plowing of the street until an eastward extension of the frontage road is built.

Later, the council approved a task order with Apex Engineering Group for engineering services on the Deere Road project, which according to a bid from Ralph V. Sanquist Construction Inc. is expected to cost about $37,140.

Career Path improvements

The council also approved a task order with Apex Engineering for street and utility improvements on Career Path as part of the Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s (HCHRA) Meadow’s Edge Apartments project.

Funding sources for the project will be divided between the city’s enterprise funds for stormwater ($200,000), water and sewer ($42,500 each), and $30,000 out of the general fund tax levy.

In a separate resolution, the council removed a requirement for a development agreement from the HCHRA’s conditional use permit (CUP) for the Meadow’s Edge building, street and utility project.

The resolution noted that, out of a $650,000 workforce housing grant from the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority, $350,000 will be used to buy down the city share of the project’s cost from $435,000 to $315,000 – fulfilling the grant’s local match requirement – and to pay the assessments on adjacent property owners for the project. This eliminates the need for an assessment hearing.

The remaining $300,000 of the MHFA grant will be used to build the 28-unit apartment building.

Grant funds available

City Administrator Ryan Mathisrud reported that the city’s Public Works Department was awarded two $10,000 grants by the Minnesota Department of Health to seal two unused wells.

Mathisrud also advised the council that Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants up to $10,000 are available to local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that grant awards are based on a lottery system and applications must be submitted by July 2.

City Planner Andrew Mack reported that the city was awarded a $5,000 Enbridge Energy grant, requested to help install electric vehicle charging stations.