Park Rapids to reduce special assessments for home builder

The Park Rapids City Council instructed City Administrator Angel Weasner on April 13, 2021 to make sure the developer's agreement includes an expiration date.

The Park Rapids City Council authorized city staff on April 13, 2021 to prepare a developer's agreement with Barry Munson regarding the three parcels highlighted in yellow, located in the Hocking's Addition. (Image adapted from Hubbard County GIS map)

The Park Rapids City Council authorized city staff on Tuesday to draft a developer’s agreement with Barry Munson with Cheyenne Builders, LLC.

The agreement would extend to Munson a 16 percent discount on the special assessments for three lots in the Hocking’s Addition, previously owned by H&H Properties.

According to the resolution in the council’s agenda packet, the city had agreed to give H&H a similar reduction if they built a single-family home on any of the three lots, located on Maple Avenue south of Balsam Lane. The agreement stated that the reduction would not travel with any lot sold to a third party.

Although H&H Properties never built any of the planned homes, Munson has already built a single-family home on one of the properties and plans to break ground on the remaining lots this summer. Therefore, he requested the same discount.

City Administrator Angel Weasner explained that the developer agreement hasn’t been drawn up yet, but the purpose of the resolution was to authorize her to proceed.


Council member Tom Conway moved to approve the resolution.

During discussion of the motion, Randall asked Weasner to include language in the agreement causing it to expire unless construction is started and completed within a certain timeframe.

Conway’s motion passed unanimously.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Tabled the Park Rapids Economic Development Authority’s recommendation to extend a $50,000 revolving loan to Karen Acker for the business venture Wine Not? LLC. Randall was concerned that owner Karen Acker’s business plan might be compromised if she is unable to obtain the appropriate type of liquor license from the state. The council unanimously supported Randall’s motion to table the question until this is clarified.

  • Affirmed the Park Rapids Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny a variance from the city code’s lot size and width requirements, requested by Blake Johnson to allow a desired lot split at 600 Park Ave. N.

  • Accepted a $9,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration through the Airport Coronavirus Relief Grant Program, to help cover costs for “operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitation, janitorial services, combating the spread of pathogens at the airport, and debt services payment.” This is similar to the purpose of a $30,000 grant the municipal airport received in 2020.

  • Approved an amendment of a license between the city and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Region 1. The amendment extends the license for use of a 6,098-square-foot parcel at the municipal airport through 2025 for an annual fee of $300 in 2021-23 and $350 in 2024-25, totaling $1,600.

  • Authorized city personnel to advertise and interview for a part-time public works position, to replace a building and facility maintenance worker who is retiring.

  • Authorized staff to re-advertise and interview for two seasonal, part-time positions as Rapids Spirits Liquor Store clerks, since no applications were submitted for the April 9 closing date on the positions.

  • Heard Rapids Spirits Liquor Store Manager Scott Olson report that the store had its busiest Easter in three years, and store revenues were up about 11 percent for the first week of April compared to the same week last year.

  • Paid Hawkins, Inc. $1,712 for two invoices regarding water treatment chemicals and connecting a customer tank.

  • Paid Apex Engineering $7,734 for work on the city well and water treatment facility construction project, the Depot Park tennis courts project and the rehabilitation of the Huntsinger Ave. water tower.

  • Paid the Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority $216,000 for the first reimbursement payment of a grant received from Minnesota Housing Finance.

  • Gave part-time Rapids Spirits clerk Tina Jenkins a wage adjustment. Jenkins will be paid $13.93 per hour at the 12-month step, per the city’s contract with UFCW Local 1189..

  • Approved payables totaling $59,243 and prepaids totaling $52,368.

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

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