Park Rapids City Council turns over delinquent bills to county assessor

Delinquent balances ranging from $15 to $2,171 will be assessed to the property owners' taxes in 2022.

Park Rapids City Hall Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Oct. 26, 2021
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The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday certified more than $4,500 in delinquent utility bills for a special assessment on property tax bills payable in 2022.

The council held a hearing about the assessment, but no public comment was given.

The resolution, listed under the council’s consent agenda, states that the city provided written notice about the delinquent bills, and that upon being assessed on next year’s property taxes, a 5% interest rate will apply.

The resolution also listed 16 properties owing between $15 and $2,171, with most owing less than $100, but four properties owed between $129 and $540 and two owed more than $1,000. The total amount due was $4,812.

According to City Administrator Angel Weasner, one account totaling $149 had already been settled as of Tuesday night.


Weasner added that property owners could pay their bills at city hall by close of business on Wednesday, but any outstanding balances would be certified to the Hubbard County auditor on Monday.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Gave Police Officer Joshua Gabriel a pay increase to the four-year step at $29.18 per hour, retroactive to Oct. 14.

  • Gave full-time Accounts Payable Clerk Dawn Rouse a pay increase to the non-union one-year step at $20.09 per hour, effective Nov. 24.

  • Paid Black Diamond Concrete $3,162 for two 128-square-foot sealed, reinforced aprons, two 20-square-foot aprons and additional concrete to extend the aprons past walk-in doors at the new public works storage building.

  • Paid Elsner Well Drilling, Inc. $28,564 for emergency repair of city well 9, which had a burned-out motor. The invoice included a 75 horsepower motor, an 1,100 gallons-per-minute pump end, labor, use of a pump and compressor, travel with equipment and supplies.

  • Paid Johnson Controls $1,814 for the annual test and inspection of the municipal liquor store’s fire alarm system.

  • Paid The Arbitrage Group $3,500 to prepare and submit five-year arbitrage reports required by the Internal Revenue Service for bonds the city financed in 2015-16.

  • Paid Blombeck Construction, Inc. $641,146 for construction work on the terminal areas taxilanes project at the municipal airport. The council resolution notes that work on the project is 75% complete. According to the invoice in the agenda packet, the city’s share of this cost after federal and state contributions is $40,236.

  • Acknowledged two donations totaling $75 to the Fish Hook Lake and River Association’s aquatic invasive species fund.

  • Approved payables totaling $197,999 and prepaids totaling $102,894.

A consent item to certify the special assessment for a tax-forfeited parcel that was expected to be sold at 608 Middle Ave. S. was removed from the agenda because the parcel was not sold.
The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at city hall and includes a truth-in-taxation hearing.

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