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Pine River: Council closes on property

After some delay, the Pine River City Council reached a resolution to a land acquisition needed for storm water runoff. In early 2014, the board began a process to acquire land owned by Kinler Square Townhomes Limited and administered by CEPCO Ma...

After some delay, the Pine River City Council reached a resolution to a land acquisition needed for storm water runoff.

In early 2014, the board began a process to acquire land owned by Kinler Square Townhomes Limited and administered by CEPCO Management Inc. It was later discovered that ownership of the land, just off Kinler Avenue in Pine River, was convoluted and the title had mortgages and finance agreements, meaning the sale could not be finalized until those issues were resolved.

City attorney Ted Lundrigan explained to the council Tuesday, Aug. 11, that the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency underwriters had agreed to release the property, though neither the city nor the prior owners received that lease by the Aug. 11 meeting. Knowing that the state had agreed to the release, Lundrigan finalized the purchase ahead of the arrival of the release, thus paving the way for the city to continue with the storm water runoff plan.

In other business Aug. 11, the council:

• Approved a gambling permit for Delta Waterfowl.

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• Approved a Sunday liquor license for Ole and Lena's Sweet Revenge, prorating the license until December.

• Changed the date for the Pine River American Legion's street dance, though a date was not specified.

• Approved a final payment for construction of the municipal airport snow removal equipment building.

• Approved partial pay to Tri City Paving for the city street project in the amount of $61,020.31.

• Approved an increase to the city fire department's relief association amount.

Related Topics: PINE RIVER CITY COUNCILPINE RIVER
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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