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Spirit Lake OKs Hill Avenue site plan

By Staff | May 15, 2008

The Spirit Lake City Council Monday approved a site plan for redevelopment of property at 2302 Hill Ave. by Lakes Community Land Trust.

Engineer Brad Beck said the Natural Resource Conservation Service is offering a 50 percent cost share for the rear gravel drive. He also noted that the gravel drive would cost less than paved.

Councilman Stephen Balm asked about covenants for the driveway which is shared by multiple units.

Jim Golden, executive director of Lakes Community Land Trust, said there is a prepurchase understanding that the driveway is common property and the intent was to limit access to Hill Avenue, hence the reason for the rear drive. Golden said the land trust will be the mediator of any disputes over the common area.

The Lakes Community Land Trust holds title to the ground while the owners hold title to the housing units.

In other business Tuesday, the council welcomed Dwight Dohlman as the new public works director. Dohlman said he was “really impressed with the workers we have and the office staff as well.”

The council approved a pay estimate of $41,145.59 to Wicks Construction Co. for the 2007 PCC paving project. Engineer Brad Beck said $15,000 to cover liquidated damages from a late finish date will come from $90,000 in retainings from the company.

The council held a public hearing and awarded a contract for the water treatment plant expansion project to The Joseph Company, Inc., of Austin, Minn. The company had a base bid of $3,618,000. Mark Hardie of the Howard R. Green Company will be project manager.

The council approved a proposal from Howard R. Green to digitize information for locating city utilities at $18,000.

The council set a time of 5:30 p.m. May 27 to consider sale and conveyance of property located at 909 18th St. in Spirit Lake. The property is the site of the Spirit Lake Mainsail offices which have been given until Sept. 1 to vacate. Dickinson County offered 5 percent over the appraisal price and wants to use the property for a parking lot.

The council also set 5:30 p.m. May 27 for a public hearing on a proposal to vacate and convey city drainage easements south of 35th Street in the Hawthorn Park addition. The developer of Ferguson Business Park asked that the easements be vacated.

In other business the council:

n Approved a commercial tax abatement application for 1619 Hill Ave.

n Set 5:30 p.m. June 10 to take action an annexing property on Sunner Avenue.

n Approved the appointment of former Mayor Eric Nielsen to the Industrial Development Committee.

n Approved purchase of a 2008 Komatsu loader for $132,000.