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Park Rapids City Council leases first of new private hangar sites

Sites have been developed recently for corporations and individuals to build private hangars at the municipal airport.

The Park Rapids City Council approved a ground lease July 12, 2022 for hangar site 41, in the green shading indicating the terminal area taxilanes project at the municipal airport, where developer Thom Peterson plans to build a private hangar.
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The Park Rapids City Council on July 12 approved a ground lease agreement with Thom Peterson, doing business as Real Estate Management LLC, to build a private hangar at the municipal airport.

According to City Administrator Angel Weasner, this is the first lease to be signed on several hangar sites that were prepared as part of the recently completed terminal area taxilanes project.

Weasner described it as a five-year lease with an unspecified annual rent. The lease agreement gives a base term of 20 years, with an annual rent starting at $1,275 and increasing by 3% annually, on a hangar site measuring about 4,200 square feet.

Council member Erika Randall asked about including standards for paint color in the lease. Weasner said Peterson plans to paint his hangar a sand color and that a provision regarding paint colors will be added to future lease agreements.

Randall also voiced concern about maintenance and upkeep requirements, noting that one of the existing hangars at the airport needs to be repainted.


Council member Liz Stone made a motion to approve the lease agreement, and it passed unanimously.

Council action in brief

In consent items and general business, the council:

The city council set the preliminary levy total at $3,048,250, with the final budget to be discussed on Dec. 13.
The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters held a candidate forum on Monday, Sept. 27 for city council candidates.
The city also received a commemorative photo honoring its support of this year's 2nd Street Stage concert series.
The city's preliminary 2023 property tax levy totals about $3.05 million.

  • Appointed election judges for the 2022 primary and general elections, including Terry Collette, David East, Colleen Elkington, Debra Frentress, Sarah Gwiazdon, Lynnette Hartman, Florence Hedeen, Anne Huhtala, Carmen Lockhart, Marie Nordberg, Zelda Novak, Scott Olson, Beret Ramstad Skoyles, Dawn Rouse, Nancy Rutherford, Margie Vik, Barbara Vik, Darlene Wallick and Angel Weasner. 
  • Gave Police Officer Austin Rittgers a wage increase to the five-year level at $31.76 per hour, effective July 26.
  • Gave Police Officer Kelli Seitz a wage increase to the four-year level at $30.28 per hour, retroactive to July 10.
  • Paid Apex Engineering $13,507 for engineering and right-of-way work on the Fair Avenue project, construction on Career Path and bidding on the Depot Park tennis court replacement project..
  • Paid BerganKDV $18,000 for work on the city’s 2021 audit.
  • Paid Davis (Bergstrom) Electric $7,350 to repair a street light pole at 1st Street and Mill Road, after it was damaged in a motor vehicle accident on March 18. According to the staff report in the council’s agenda packet, insurance reimbursement has been received.
  • Paid Hawkins, Inc. $1,805 to purchase water treatment chemicals.
  • Paid Diamond Mowers $2,918 for a hydraulic cooler upgrade kit for an airport unit. {info}
  • Granted Michael Kaufeberg a public facilities use permit to use Deane Park on Aug. 12 for a graduation party.
  • Granted Mary Berdahl a public facilities use permit to use Deane Park on Aug. 23 for a family potluck.
  • Granted American Legion Post 212 an outdoor concert permit for their Backyard Bash on Aug. 5.
  • Granted Kelly Trumpold of 3 Bears Event Center a transient merchant license retroactive to June 30 to operate his food truck in front of Wine Not? (110 4th St. W.) on June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Aug. 4.
  • Granted PR EB Properties LLC a license agreement for a use of public right of way at 701 and 705 Park Ave. and 702 Main Ave. S., the Sanford Health Clinic and its parking lot. The staff report states that the city approved the same license agreement in 2012, and the property’s new owner wants the same option to allow for public right of way use. The Minnesota Secretary of State lists PR EB Properties as a Delaware corporation with an office in Brooklyn Center, and the license agreement places it in Seattle, Wash., care of Elliott Bay Capital Trust.
  • Granted a temporary on-sale liquor license to the Northern Light Opera Company for Aug. 3-6 at the Armory Arts and Events Center. 
  • Acknowledged donations to the city from June 28 to July 5, totaling $835. Except for a $200 donation to the K-9 program, the remaining donations are designated for the Fish Hook Lake and River aquatic invasive species fund.
  • Approved payables totaling $284,393 and prepaids totaling $178,646.

The city council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at city hall, following a 5:30 p.m. work session.

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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