County seeks regional designation for Deep Lake Park – Park Rapids Enterprise

Calling it “Deep Lake Park,” Hubbard County is seeking designation as “a regional park or trail’ for the property formerly known as Val Chatel.

On Tuesday, the county board provided a resolution of support as part of its application to the Greater Minnesota Recreation Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC). Earning regional status opens up funding sources for development of the recreational park.

County commissioner Char Christensen asked who named it Deep Lake Park.

County Land Commissioner Mark “Chip” Lohmeier said, “My thought was, since we’re going to be drawing outside of our local region and upon the development of this park, basically all of the remnants from Val Chatel will be gone. A lot of the people will not know much about the Val Chatel history. We’re going to try to incorporate as much as we can into the redevelopment of the park, but I thought it was more appropriate to call it Deep Lake Park.”

County Administrator Jeff Cadwell added, “The committee settled on that very quickly.”

Lohmeier said it was still possible to change the name.

Cadwell noted that public comment will be a part of creating a master plan for the park.

In other business, the board did as follows:

  • Learned from Hubbard County Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin that the county’s local transit sales tax generated $1.8 million in revenue in 2021. “It’s our biggest collection,” Nordin said, adding he originally estimated $800,000. “That’s a bonus for us, but we’ve got lots of spots for it.”
  • Approved a bridge replacement list for the next five years. Nordin said there are about 60 bridges in Hubbard County.
  • Authorized an application for a Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Grant to make improvements to elections systems and security. The county is requesting the maximum of $24,751.
  • Reviewed results of Jan. 10 timber auction.
  • Approved a cabin lease transfer from Clayton, Chris and Warren Swanson to Amie and Steven Aesoph. 
  • Approved the low quote of $4,333 from LA Rossman Distributing Inc. of Park Rapids for a 500-gallon, double-wall tank for the county solid waste department.
  • Authorized the purchase of camera security and monitoring for the south transfer station. The $40,428 quote from PRO Custom and Security LLC of Detroit Lakes includes camera equipment and installation.
  • Approved final payment of $5,397 to Anderson Brothers Construction Company for Fairway Drive reconstruction in Henrietta Township.
  • Approved the purchase of new ergonomic desks, chairs, and peripheral equipment for the county social services department. Interiors By Innovative provided the $6,352 quote.
  • Renewed a delegation agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Delegation for aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention Inspection of water-related equipment. In order for county watercraft inspectors to have legal authority to conduct inspections, this agreement must be executed with the state, which delegates authority to the county, explained Environmental Services Office Director Eric Buitenwerf. The prior agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2021. The new one runs to Dec. 31, 2024.


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