The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday authorized department heads to submit grant applications for the city.

Interim city administrator Betty Thomsen explained that this is to allow management-level staff to seize opportunities for grant funding where the deadline does not allow them to wait until the next city council meeting for approval.

Thomsen added that the resolution only applies to “pass through” grants that cover the entire cost of the project or purchase, without requiring a monetary commitment from the city, and that the council retains the authority to accept or decline any grant funds awarded.

The resolution also states that submissions must have the city administrator’s approval.

Council member Tom Conway moved to approve the resolution. The motion passed unanimously.

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Brock special assessment

The city council certified a special assessment for 402 Eastern Ave. S., owned by Kent and Pamela Brock.

According to the resolution in the council’s agenda packet, the assessment covers a mandatory repair of their water and sewer service done Oct. 20 by Elsner Well Drilling, costing $5,316 and financed at 3 percent interest for 20 years.

Council member Bob Wills moved to approve the resolution. The motion passed unanimously.

Revolving loan adjustment

The council also adjusted the interest rate of a revolving loan that the city council approved Oct. 27 for Revel Brewing, from 5 percent to 4.25 percent.

This also changes their monthly payment from $796 to $769, according to the written recommendation by business loan specialist Sarah Linda with the Headwaters Regional Development Corporation.

Thomsen said the reason for the adjustment is to correct an error. Conway moved to approve the change, and the motion passed unanimously.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved a lawful gambling permit for St. Joseph’s Area Health Services to hold a charitable raffle on Aug. 20, 2021 at Calvary Lutheran Church.

  • Approved a subordination agreement for a 2012 Small Cities forgivable loan to Michael and Kerri Dinkel. The second subordination of this loan since 2013, this allows the Dinkels to borrow funds from First National Bank Bemidji. The loan is scheduled to be forgiven as of Jan. 25, 2022.

  • Approved a wage adjustment and step increase for part-time Rapids Spirits liquor store clerk Tina Jenkins. Having completed her six-month probation period, Jenkins will be paid $12.54 per hour.

  • Approved a wage adjustment and step increase for full-time Police Officer Josh Gabriel. After two years on the job, Gabriel’s pay will move to $27.56 per hour.

  • Approved a wage adjustment and step increase for public works street maintenance worker David Susterick. After one year on the job, Susterick advances to $21.07 per hour.

  • Authorized staff to move toward implementing third-party pay to allow residents to make utility payments online using credit cards, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

  • Authorized staff to post, advertise and interview for one full-time Rapids Spirits clerk position. Thomsen and liquor store manager Scott Olson explained that the union labor agreement requires them to post two positions, but some details still need to be worked out about the second position before it can be posted.

  • Paid Cummins Sales and Service $3,939 for parts, labor and other services regarding the fire department’s Engine 5771.

  • Paid Kitchigami Regional Library System $26,454 for the second half of the 2020 library levy.

  • Paid Angel Armor $3,626 for protective vests and gear for the police department.

  • Approved planning and zoning amendments recommended by the city’s planning commission at its Oct. 26 meeting.

  • Approved payables totaling $219,966 for October and $227,654 for November, and prepaids totaling $7,688 for October and $79,107 for November.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at city hall.