Land annexed into city limits

Five acres of land that abuts the city of Milaca were unanimously annexed into the city after a hearing before the Milaca City Council on Aug. 21.

The land, which is described as on the “East 330 feet of the south 1/2 of the SE quarter of the SE quarter, in Section 24, Township 38N, Range 27W,” was requested to be annexed into the city to utilize city sewer and water and developed.

A community member who owned land next to the proposed annexed land spoke during the hearing. Virgil Hathaway was concerned what the land was going to be used for.

Norris Johnson motioned to approve the annexion following the hearing. Ken Muller seconded the motion. It was unanimously approved.

WAC and SAC fees lowered

After much discussion at the Aug. 21 Milaca City Council meeting, the council members agreed that it would be in the city’s best interest to lower the water and sewer access fees for new buildings. For the years 2014 and 2015 the fees will be lowered to $1,000 and $1,500 for Water and Sewer Access respectively. At the end of 2015, they will return to $2,300 and $3,000.

The change was unanimously passed.

Council concerned with park behavior

Milaca Mayor Pete Pedersen brought up several problems that city staff has noticed at Recreation Park in recent days. He noted that several blocks were stolen off of the historic band shell. He also observed dozens of cigarette butts on the floor of the shelter in Rec Park. The council discussed possible solutions to the problems, because increased patrols in the area have not helped matters. They decided to look into possible surveillance options.

Adopt a fire hydrant to continue

Pedersen noted that one person has adopted a fire hydrant in the city, and several more are available to be adopted. Anyone interested in adopting a fire hydrant that they can paint creatively, should get a hold of him at 320-237-2657.