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Pequot Lakes buys Trailside Park from DNR

The Pequot Lakes City Council agreed Tuesday, May 7, to buy Trailside Park in the center of town from the DNR for $3,547.52, which includes recording the property and drawing up the deed.

There will be a deed restriction on the property related to the intended recreational trail purposes of the property.

The city had tried to gain ownership of the park for many years. The DNR still owns the parking lot next to the chamber building.

Also May 7, the council agreed to advertise for bids for the following sidewalk improvements: a small portion by the post office, redoing the front of city hall, a segment of new sidewalk, curb and gutter on the west side of Second Street south of Butler Street, and a segment of new sidewalk on the west side of Second Street north of Butler (by TDS).

There will also be some panels of sidewalk removed and replaced around town.

The council will consider bids at its June meeting.

The council also discussed future road projects, agreeing that Nelson Road and Washington Street likely would be 2014 projects. Discussion centered on what Washington Street should look like and how to get more parking spaces there.

Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm will design a proposal that includes diagonal parking and curb and gutter for the south part of the block with curbed bump outs.

Public safety

The fire department listed first-quarter fire calls that totaled seven good intent calls, one structure fire, one mutual aid structure and one carbon monoxide leak in a house from a car.

By location, calls included five to Pequot Lakes, two to Breezy Point, two to Jenkins and one to Pine River.

In other business May 7, the council:

• Held a public hearing and then adopted Part 2 of the Wellhead Protection Plan for the city, which it will submit to the Minnesota Department of Health for final review and approval.

• Approved the 2012 audit as presented by CliftonLarsonAllen.

• Agreed to rezone a part of a property on County Road 112 from Agriculture to Forest Management at the request of Leanne Evenson, and a part of a property at the south intersection of Hurtig Road and County Road 168 from Forest Management to Rural Residential and another part from Forest Management to Commercial at the request of Charles B. and Beverly G. Peterson.

• Authorized a temporary 3.2-percent beer license for the Red Line Club on July 3.

• Heard from city resident Jack Schmidt regarding the city’s ongoing study of the urban and rural taxing districts.

Council member Scott Pederson was absent May 7.