Pequot Lakes is offering three sites for a Region 5 Children's Museum to be built.

The Region 5 board of directors is seeking a site along the Highways 210/371 corridor from Brainerd to Pequot Lakes for a permanent location for a hands-on children's museum. The board seeks proposals by May 3.

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, April 2, gave consensus to proceed with a proposal from the city offering the following three potential sites:

• The Heart of the Good Life development, which is the 80 acres of land south of the Pequot Lakes Business Park that is being marketed.

• Property just north of downtown on Patriot Avenue that offers a direct connection to the Sibley Lake public access.

• The fire tower site off County State Aid Highway 11.

Council members Jerry Akerson and Cheri Seils were absent from the meeting.

Public safety

The council approved the 2019 fire protection agreement with Nisswa for $1,736 for that department to provide fire protection to the Inland Trails area.

Firefighters had four calls in February. Police had 229 calls for service in February.

In other business April 2, the council:

• Toured the city water plant before the regular council meeting.

• Heard from Maury Graham, asking that the council give legitimate consideration to paving North Sluetter Road. Graham said he has approached the council about this issue for the last six years, and the road needs to be paved.

• Adopted a resolution requesting comprehensive road and transit funding. The League of Minnesota Cities supports an omnibus transportation funding bill that would increase dedicated state funding for city streets.

• Adopted a gas franchise ordinance and a gas service franchise fee ordinance with Northern States Power Company. The action includes a $1 per month per customer franchise fee that will generate an estimated $11,000 per year. The council designated those funds to go to the Park Commission for a year and will revisit where the money goes at budget time each year.

• Provided direction to Malecha regarding the 2020 budget process. The preliminary budget process will begin in May. The council would like to keep the tax rate steady, in the 57 percent range.

After the meeting, resident Jack Schmidt, who didn't hear the open forum portion of the meeting, showed some council members photos of fire hydrants covered in snow. He believes the fire department or city should clear snow from city hydrants.