Sourcewell to update Backus city ordinances

November meeting rescheduled Nov. 16

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BACKUS — At their Monday, Oct. 3, regular meeting, the Backus City Council agreed to have Sourcewell update the city's zoning ordinances, according to phone conversations with City Clerk Ann Swanson.

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Sourcewell has been doing zoning work for the city since early 2022 following contentious issues with property owners concerning expansion and use of a trailer home in city limits.

Council members decided to hire the company when they decided the city's ordinances did not do enough to provide guidance for such times. The cost is not to exceed $3,000.

The council also rescheduled the Nov. 7 regular council meeting to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, to allow the council to canvas election results from Nov. 8.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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