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Park Rapids City Council approves developer, license agreements

The council on July 12 granted Cheyenne Builders a 16% discount on the special assessments for six parcels in the Hocking's Acres subdivision.

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The Park Rapids City Council on July 12 approved a developer’s agreement with Barry Munson, d.b.a. Cheyenne Builders, regarding property in the Hocking’s Acres subdivision being developed as single-family homes.

According to City Administrator Angel Weasner, this is based on a developer’s agreement with previous owners H&H Properties for discounts on the special assessments on three lots along Balsam Lane and Maple Avenue. That agreement stated it would become void if the lots were sold to another developer.

Since then, Weasner explained, Cheyenne Builders has purchased the parcels, paid the special assessments, subdivided them into six parcels and built single-family homes on four of them.

Weasner said Munson now requested the same 16% discount on the special assessment for each parcel, resulting in a $2,873 total reimbursement to Cheyenne Builders.

Randall made a motion to approve the agreement, which passed unanimously.


Right-of-way license

The council also unanimously passed Randall’s motion to approve a license agreement with Bruce Johnson for use of a public right-of-way at 340 East River Road.

Weasner explained that Johnson plans to build a large garage and workshop on the property, but a recent survey showed this might encroach on a utility easement that cuts across the property at an angle.

The staff memo described this as a previously unknown issue resulting in uncertainties, due to the utility being in a different area than originally planned.

Questioned by Randall, Weasner confirmed that the agreement holds Johnson responsible for any demolition, repair or reconstruction costs that may arise if there is an issue with city utilities.

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

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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