Park Rapids City Council calls for special legislative session

The city also received a commemorative photo honoring its support of this year's 2nd Street Stage concert series.

Denny Ulmer presents the Park Rapids City Council with a photo of the opening night of this year's 2nd Street Stage summer concert series on Sept. 13, 2022. Ulmer, along with LuAnn Hurd-Lof and Chamber Pres. Derek Ricke, thanked the city for supporting 2nd Street Stage through permits, public safety and public works personnel.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
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The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday requested a special legislative session.

Approved with the council’s consent agenda was a resolution urging Gov. Tim Walz to declare a special legislative session to pass a bonding bill and a tax bill that includes an increase in local government aid.

In other consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved an easement agreement with the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association for the Fair Avenue street and utility project. 
  • Approved a mutual aid agreement with the Lake George Fire Department.
  • Paid Blombeck Construction, Inc. $119,058 for the taxilane project at the municipal airport.
  • Paid Apex Engineering $5,261 for work on the U.S. Hwy. 71 frontage roads, Career Path, Depot Park tennis courts and East River Road projects.
  • Paid BerganKDV $12,000 for auditing the city’s 2021 finances.
  • Paid Crysteel Manufacturing $1,209 to purchase a 30-gallon slimline reservoir for street equipment repair. .
  • Paid Farrington Towing $2,979 to repair a fire department vehicle.
  • Paid Hawkins, Inc. $1,838 to purchase water treatment chemicals.
  • Paid the League of Minnesota Cities $5,003 for annual membership dues, based on population with a 3% schedule increase for the year.
  • Paid MacQueen Equipment $2,079 to purchase items to repair a vactor (sewer equipment).
  • Paid TKDA $6,560 for work on the airport terminal area taxilane project.
  • Paid Tyler Technologies $16,565 for work related to bringing the city’s new financial software onboard.
  • Paid Barb Delaney $1,030 for half the installation cost of a backflow preventer. The staff memo supporting the request notes that Delaney has had multiple issues with the city sewer backing up into her home, and the device is meant to reduce the likelihood of similar issues.
  • Granted Rebecca Lubbesmeyer with Mother Cluckers LLC a transient merchant license to operate a food truck on Sept. 17 at 17881 169th Ave. 
  • Acknowledged donations to the city from Aug. 23 to Sept.7, totaling $5,240. One donation for $5,000 was designated for the Depot Park tennis court project.
  • Approved payables totaling $70,546 and prepaids totaling $333,212.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at city hall.

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 or 218-252-3053.
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