The Pequot Lakes City Council heard results from seven listening sessions held in the community in October regarding what to do with 85 acres of city-owned property. The top choice was to build a baseball/softball complex with lights.

ICS Consulting representative Glenn Chiodo told the council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5, that the next step in the process is underway, with steering committee meetings taking place. The first meeting was Thursday, Nov. 7.

About 23 people who attended listening sessions indicated interest in being part of the steering committee. The committee will determine whether a project is possible, what the costs would be and how to pay for those costs.

The committee will meet four more times, with a goal to make a recommendation to the council at its January meeting.

“The funding - how are we going to handle that? Are there grants? Is there a benefactor who will pay for this?” council member Mimi Swanson asked, noting residents didn’t want to pay to improve Trailside Park, and now another big project may be proposed.

The steering committee will discuss whether a project is possible, as well as possible revenue sources.

Roads

Open houses will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, to talk about proposed South Washington Avenue improvements, and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 20, to talk about proposed Rasmussen Road improvements.

All open houses will be held at city hall.

The council approved modifications to on-street parking spots along Front Street as requested by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, including no parking areas and a white fog line.

The council also approved no parking on the south side of Front Street (next to the Dollar Tree and across the street from the post office and Wells Fargo Bank), with Swanson opposed.

Those parking changes will take effect next spring/summer.

In other business Nov. 5, the council:

  • Heard a presentation about the Respect Minnesota Pledge to honor and respect people and their opinions and to provide a safe environment for everyone during the planning, permitting and construction of infrastructure projects. The council will vote in December whether to support the pledge.

  • Certified property owners’ delinquent bills to the tax rolls.

  • Approved a rezoning request of a 1.9 acre tract from public to light industrial. The property is vacant and accessed via Morehouse Drive and Derksen Road.

  • Authorized placing a 30-mph speed limit sign on the west end of Nickel Road in the city’s jurisdiction, and a 40-mph speed limit sign on Akerson Road in the city’s jurisdiction. The council also supported placing three stop signs at the intersections of East Grove Street and Rasmussen Road, East Sibley Street and Government Drive, and Gravdahl Drive and Rasmussen Road.

  • Approved an amended assessment procedures and policy for the city with council member Scott Pederson voting no.

  • Acknowledged Angie Duus’ successful completion of her six-month probationary period as city clerk/treasurer.

  • Agreed to send a letter to TDS Telecom from the council regarding the importance for expanded fiber optic infrastructure within the Pequot Lakes Grow Zone Overlay District.

Council member Jerry Akerson was absent Nov. 5.