The Park Rapids City Council approved plans and specifications on Tuesday for street and utility improvements on Career Path, adjacent to AmericInn, Salvage Depot and the Meadow View and Meadow’s Edge apartment buildings.

In the same resolution, the council also ordered advertising for bids for the project.

City Engineer Jon Olson with Apex Engineering Group presented preliminary drawings and explained the project.

“The project includes 950 feet of urban street improvements,” he said. “It will include extending water, sanitary and storm (sewers), to set up future expansion and future development of that area.”

Olson said they are projecting a total project cost of $665,500, including engineering fees but not including legal expenses.

Of that cost, $350,000 will be covered by a grant that the Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority received from Minnesota Housing Finance to develop the Meadow’s Edge building. The remaining $315,500 is the city’s share toward the grant’s local match.

“It was decided at the time of project development that that cost would be absorbed by the utility funds, and there would be no assessments on this project,” said Olson.

In his written request for council action, Olson noted that they are extending the traditional 30-day bid hold to 60 days to allow time to acquire easements from adjacent property owners. He recommended that the council approve the plans, to be finalized afterward, and to advertise for bids to be opened on Thursday, March 25.

Council member Erika Randall moved accordingly, and the motion passed without dissent.

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In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Heard a presentation by Superintendent Lance Bagstad about the Park Rapids Area Schools’ special bond election, taking place April 13 with early voting starting this Friday.

  • Moved the time of its own April 13 meeting to 5 p.m. due to the school election. State election law prohibits public meetings between 6 and 8 p.m. on the day an election is being held locally.

  • Appointed Mike Hafner to the Urban Forestry Committee.

  • Approved a quote for $8,675 from Sweeney Controls Co. to replace the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition computer system, which monitors the city’s water and sewer systems.

  • Authorized city officials to sign a lease with James May and David May, doing business as Northern Bait. Under the agreement, they will pay $300 for one year to use the city’s dam building on the north side of the Fish Hook River, below the mill pond, to capture and/or rear bait.

  • Authorized city officials to sign the paperwork to certify the special assessment for tax-forfeited land for a parcel at the southeast corner of Gilbert Ave. and 5th St. E.

  • Approved the purchase of a replacement computer for a police administrative assistant for $1,529 from Dell Technologies.

  • Paid the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust $152,846 for the 2021 workers’ compensation premium and 2019-20 audit adjustments.

  • Paid TKDA $7,263 for work on the municipal airport terminal area taxilanes project.

  • Paid Apex Engineering $1,950 for work on the Depot Park tennis court project.

  • Permitted the destruction of aged documents per the state’s general records retention schedule.

  • Approved payables totaling $209,139 and prepaids totaling $90,905.

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The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 at city hall.



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