Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, January 26, 1998

New insurance carrier saves HL money


Insurance agent Duane Burkstrand presented the city with several options for insurance coverage this year at the Howard Lake City council meeting Tuesday.

Under the present carrier, $20,000 was the cost for the premium for the city's liability insurance to cover the liquor store up to $300,000.

This year, the cost will be $18,300 for $500,000 in coverage, with the probability of a dividend at the end of the year.

The difference is the carrier. Burkstrand said the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust has become available to insure the liquor store, which it has not done in the past.

He said the LMCIT has a history of repaying dividends in the past 10 years at an average rate of 29.3 percent.

Council members voted to retain Burkstrand as agent and the LMCIT as insurance carrier.

Spring clean-up

The city survey indicated residents want their city cleaned up, said Mayor Mark Custer.

Spring clean-up is tentatively scheduled for the same weekend as last year, with times and date to be announced, said Custer.

Councilman Shelley Reddemann suggested a letter be drafted and mailed to residents and businesses well in advance of the date in order for them to have time to prepare.

The city needs to start early this year and insist problem properties participate, Councilwoman Jean Schmidt said.

City Administrator Doug Borglund said the city might have an ordinance that covers unsightly properties, and Reddemann said he felt if it does, it should be enforced.

Junk cars are a problem in one or two areas said Custer, and the city needs to take action on these properties.

He asked City Administrator Doug Borglund to look into state laws concerning abandoned cars being an environmental hazard.

Hwy. 12 hearing

Mn/DOT will hold the required public hearing for the environmental assessment draft produced for the Hwy. 12 project has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. in the HLWW High School Auditorium.

The hearing will be preceded by an open house from 5-7 p.m., and Mn/DOT project manager Curt Eastlund will be present to answer questions.

Durst subdivision

John Durst received approval to subdivide a piece of property into two parcels.

It is located west of Wright Co. Rd 6, north of 15th St. and south of Haywood Drive.

Planning and zoning approved, but had concerns about the wetlands. Access to the property also needs to be granted by Wright County.

The approval was given with the stipulations that these concerns be resolved with the county engineers before anyone builds on lot two.

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