Milaca City Council: Sept. 12 meeting

Editor’s note: The following action was taken at the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Milaca City Council. This report was compiled by Lesley Toth.

Consent agenda
As part of the consent agenda, the council voted to assess two property owners for unpaid fire department services.

Country Meadows bond request
Council members voted unanimously to grant preliminary approval to Country Meadows for its request of $3.5 million in bonds for refinancing purposes under the Minnesota Municipal Industrial Development Act. The council also approved a public hearing on the matter, slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Milaca Government Center.

MCAT receives grant
Council member Dave Dillan, who is also a member of the Milaca Community Action Team, told fellow councilmen that the organization received another $10,000 grant from the Initiative Foundation. Dillan said the group plans on using some of the funds to host a Milaca Field Day in conjunction with Milacaroni Fest Saturday, Oct. 19. “It’s a great chance for us to spend a day, showing off our town,” Dillan said.

City makes a deal on Boulder Ridge
The city assessed each of the lots in the Boulder Ridge development $1,200 for street and other public improvements. First National Bank of Milaca, owner of the lots, will pay a total of $14,400 for the assessments.

Bid accepted for Rum River improvements
A low bid of $14,690 from Prairie Restorations, was accepted to complete the river buffer planting planned for the shoreline of the Rum River near Rec Park. The City received a grant of $7,000 for the work, but will have to pay the remainder. City Manager Greg Lerud said that while the buffer is planned to be 25 feet wide, several water access points would be left for residents wishing to use the river.

Fire hall expansion hits snag
Lerud recommended not accepting any of the current bids for the planned Milaca Fire Department Hall and ambulance services expansion. Lerud explained that he and the architect didn’t think the project would exceed $180,000 and the lowest current bid came in at $221,000. The measure was tabled.