The Park Rapids City Council learned Tuesday that City Treasurer Jeremy Jude has resigned.

“He did a tremendous job,” City Administrator Angel Weasner said.

In announcing Jude’s resignation, Weasner said there will be a council workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 to discuss staff reconfiguration.

Jude’s resignation letter, provided by the city, is dated Sept. 1 and simply gives two weeks’ notice, ending Sept. 17.

Jude was appointed May 6, 2020.

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Asked about his plans, Jude replied, “I have had numerous offers to return to the private sector to do finance and accounting work over the last year and have decided to accept one and go in that direction.”

Zentz CUP

The council approved a request to modify an existing conditional use permit (CUP) to install a residential, rooftop solar energy system.

The original CUP was granted in May 2021 for Wolf River Electric to install a 5.78 kilowatt solar panel unit at John Zentz’s home at 104 Riverside Ave. The current request was to increase the capacity of the system to 9.99 kilowatts.

City Planner Ben Oleson explained that Zentz originally planned to put the solar unit on the roof of his detached garage, but he came back later and said he wanted to expand it onto his house.

Oleson said the planning commission reviewed the request and recommended approval with one added condition: panels slated for the lowest roof facing the street are to be moved out of public view, to preserve the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Council member Liz Stone made the motion to approve the CUP, and it passed 4-0, absent council member Erika Randall.

Engineering task order

In a late addition to the agenda, the council approved an engineering task order for Apex Engineering to supervise underground utility construction as part of the municipal airport terminal area taxilanes improvement project.

According to a task order form attached to the resolution, the firm’s services will include reviewing plans and shop drawings, observing construction, collecting an as-built survey and updating the city’s geographic information system (GIS).

The cost, based on one week of construction, is estimated at $10,500.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Accepted the preliminary engineering report for the Fair Avenue project as presented at the council’s Sept. 14 meeting.

  • Paid Ackerman Plumbing & Heating LLC $2,859 to replace the heat exchanger and start-up water heater as well as a faulty control board and an internal piping tee at the Armory Arts and Events Center.

  • Paid Apex Engineering $46,763 to supervise construction on Career Path and for design and survey work on the Fair Avenue project.

  • Approved the quote and paid Ferguson Waterworks $3,990 to purchase five MACH 10 water meters, to replace commercial meters that have failed.

  • Paid Flaherty & Hood, P.A. $3,175 for legal services regarding general municipal matters, real estate matters concerning the Armory and the lease agreement with the Heartland Lakes Development Commission, and labor and employment issues.

  • Approved a quote of $2,696 from Total Register Systems to replace the Point of Sale server and manager Scott Olson’s computer workstation at the municipal liquor store.

  • Posted a part-time public works position and a seasonal liquor store clerk position.

  • Acknowledged donations received Sept. 13-20, totaling $17,500. Of that amount, $17,250 was earmarked for the Depot Park tennis court replacement project.

  • Approved payables totaling $68,556 and prepaids totaling $149,267.

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