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Park Rapids approves 2023 budget and levy

The city council set the preliminary levy total at $3,048,250, with the final budget to be discussed on Dec. 13.

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Park Rapids City Hall
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The Park Rapids City Council on Sept. 27 adopted a proposed 2023 property tax levy and general fund budget.

This action followed up on discussion without binding action at a council workshop on Sept. 13.

The preliminary levy, totaling $3,048,250, calls for general revenue of $1,870,363 and debt service revenue totaling $1,177,887.

Meanwhile, the preliminary general fund budget totals $4,635,611.

Council member Liz Stone made the motion to approve the preliminary budget and levy. The motion passed 3-0, absent council members Erika Randall and Tom Conway.

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The council also scheduled a meeting to approve the final budget for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Scheduled public hearings for Oct. 11 about a proposed junk ordinance and an ordinance amendment to change utility billing periods from quarterly to monthly.
  • Approved a final payment of $24,949 to J&J Excavating, Inc., for the Career Path project.
  • Paid Bergstrom Electric Co. $1,253 to repair street lights, including $785 for labor, $408 for lamps and $60 to use a bucket truck.
  • Paid Flaherty & Hood, P.A. $2,280 for legal services on general municipal matters.
  • Paid Motorola Solutions, Inc. $31,199 for six police department radios, recommending that six more be purchased after the first of the year.
  • Paid TKDA $3,929 for work on the airport terminal area taxilanes project.
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    Rapids spirits Liquor Store Manager Scott Olson was recognized for his 30 years of employment with the city during the Park Rapids City Council's Sept. 27, 2022 meeting.
    Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
  • Approved a flow-through payment of $4,310 from Coors to the Park Rapids Fire Relief Association. This is due to a nationwide promotion in August in which customers donated to the association during transactions at the municipal liquor store. Rapids Spirits Manager Scott Olson said they submitted their promotional display to Coors in the hope of being one of five stores to receive another $500. 
  • Approved a vendor agreement with the Minnesota Department of Commerce to participate in the eHEAT program, which aids residence in need of assistance with water and sewer bills.
  • Heard Council Member Liz Stone report the city’s planning commission is seeking two members. Weasner said the planning commission’s next meeting will be held on Oct. 13, instead of its regular date, due to Oct. 10 being Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
  • Learned that City Clerk Beret Ramstad Skoyles is now Berit Score, after getting married on Sept. 24 and changing the spelling of her first name.
  • Acknowledged a small donation through the city to the Fish Hook Lake and River AIS Fund.
  • Appointed Lance Bagstad to the airport commission for a term ending Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Approved payables totaling $169,607 and prepaids totaling $239,168. City Administrator Angel Weasner said the prepaids total will be higher in the future due to payroll payments being included. 

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

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Two conditional use permits and two planning and zoning requests were approved on Nov. 22.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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