Car wash shows interest in Milaca


A person interested in building a car wash in Milaca has asked the city about charges for water and sewer usage.

Called the residential equivalency charge, the city’s present scale was adopted in 2008.

City Manager Greg Lerud told council members at their June 13 meeting that technology has changed since then and that car washes no longer use as much water as they did previously, nor is there as much demand for sewer use.

About 15 gallons of water are used for an automatic car wash, Lerud said.

The current residential equivalency charge of two for each bay of a self-serve car wash and four for each stall of an automatic car wash is cost-prohibitive for a business, Lerud told council members. He said a staff recommendation would be to lower the equivalency charges.

The council had a brief discussion about the matter and decided to put in on the agenda for its July 18 meeting.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted a grant of $1,600 from CenterPoint Energy to be used for purchasing lift bags for the Fire Department. The bags are used to lift up cars, and the donation covers about half of the cost for such bags.

• OK’d a resolution with the county approving a communications system subscriber agreement with Mille Lacs County. The county changed to an 800 MHz radio system for public safety in 2012, and Milaca’s Police and Fire departments are on the system, with the Public Works Department having such a radio programmed now. The agreement with the county will cost about $2,000 annually, and the county will provide programming services for the city’s radios. The city will be responsible for radio replacements.