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Washington Avenue improvements slated for August

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North Washington Avenue, which runs between Expressions Shoe Center and the Jack Pine Center in downtown Pequot Lakes, will become the city’s first one-way street when it is improved at the end of summer.

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The Pequot Lakes City Council agreed Tuesday, March 4, to advertise for public bids for the project. Bids will be opened April 1.

The project would start in mid-August and be complete by winter.

Improvements will result in a two-lane, curb and gutter road with parking areas along both sides. A new storm sewer system will be installed and existing sanitary sewer pipe will be replaced.

The road will be one way going north.

The council also approved an engineering agreement amendment for the project, increasing the fee from an estimated $30,150 to $$40,500. Because of the timing and nature of the project, city staff will need engineers Widseth Smith Nolting to help on-site during construction.

Public safety

Police Sgt. Chad Turcotte successfully completed his six-month probationary period and received an increase in pay effective March 25.

The council agreed to hire Elisha Dwyer, Dan Schad, Matt Jorgens and Brad Peters as limited part-time police officers effective March 5 at $17.82 per hour. The city’s pool of part-time officers fills in when needed and does not receive benefits.

The council authorized the fire department to provide fire coverage for all of the city of Breezy Point with a one-time change to the 2014-15 fire contract, which will run March 1, 2014, to April 30, 2015. The building market value increase will be calculated during the regular fire contract renewal process.

A small portion of Breezy Point had been receiving fire coverage from Ideal Township. That portion equated to about 8 percent of the city’s total building market value. Breezy Point’s contract with Ideal expired March 1. Pequot Lakes fire contracts expire April 30.

In other business March 4, the council:

• Authorized the purchase of equipment for the main waste water lift station, including installation and labor, for $11,400. The equipment allows for the remote monitoring and controlling if there were problems in the highest flow lift stations in the city. The system could greatly reduce the possibility of severe backups in the sewer system.

• Approved a Kitchigami Regional Library Service contract where the city will receive $5,000.

Council member Dave Sjoblad was absent.

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