Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 21, 2000

Stellar Health Care receives Voyager Fund loan

Cost over-runs from mold problems and other things brought the owner of Stellar Health Care to the Howard Lake City Council for help to refurbish the outside of the building on Highway 12, known as the old Dodge garage.

By Andrea Vargo

Don't judge a book by its cover, discovered the Howard Lake City Council on a tour of the Stellar Health Care, Inc. building Tuesday.

The inside of the building is beautifully finished in the area occupied by Dr. Jennifer Buttruff, chiropractor, and also in the physical therapy area.

Only the exterior and the fitness center portion of the interior needs to be completed, said owner Craig Buttruff.

Because of mold problems in part of the ceiling and other items, the project has run into higher remodeling costs, he told the council.

In order to complete the project, the city will loan up to $55,000 through its Voyager fund to Stellar Health Care to finish the exterior.

According to the plan, Stellar Health Care will an eight-year loan at 4.5 percent interest.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds will be used to repay the loan, as well as monthly payments from Stellar Health Care.

Security State Bank of Howard Lake will handle and process the loan on behalf of the city, said City Administrator Doug Borglund.

Eighth Ave. revisited

After many comments by residents, the council decided to change the parking plan on Eighth Avenue.

Two weeks ago, it decided to eliminate angle parking and have only parallel parking.

City Engineer Brad DeWolf said there were some concerns about removing the diagonal parking, because there is a lot of traffic in front of the post office in the mid-morning hours.

Diagonal or angle parking allows people to move in and out of the parking spaces more quickly, said Councilman Shelly Reddemann.

Although the angle parking will be available, some changes will be made to the spaces.

Presently, the angle is about 60 degrees. With the new markings, the angle will be 45 degrees. This will provide two feet more for the drive lanes.

The current angle spaces are 10 feet wide. The new spaces will be 15 feet wide and 25 feet long to allow for easier access, DeWolf said.

There will be a total of 25 spaces in the new arrangement, which is one more than parallel parking would provide. But the real addition is the convenience for the person using the space, he said.

The only dissenting vote was Councilman Don Danford, who felt parallel parking is safer for everyone.

Liquor store

The liquor store reported a July profit of $25,225.38, according to Manager Ruth Voight.

Voight received permission to purchase a popcorn machine for about $350. The popcorn will be free for customers, she said.

Werner building

The council gave approval of land acquisition for redevelopment of the property known as the Werner Hardware building.

The city will pay $50,000 for the building and lot. Borglund said the estimate for tearing down the building will be about $10,000 to $13,000.

The city will then sell the land for $1 to developer Mike Duetz of St. Joseph.

Duetz was recommended by developer Ted Schmid, who has worked with Howard Lake in the past.

Duetz intends to construct a new commercial/residential building on the corner lot.

The bottom will be retail/commercial, while two-bedroom apartments will occupy the upstairs, Duetz said.

Other business

- The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District was given permission to use the upstairs of the city hall building as temporary space for students in case of bomb threats or other non-weather related emergencies.

- The council had mouse pads placed under the microphones it uses for meetings to reduce feedback and noise.

It is cheaper than the $6,800 that Mortek Audio Visuals of New Hope project as the cost to fix the noise problems in the audio equipment, according to the information provided by Borglund.

- Two more election judges, Wanda Werner and Dawn Horst, were approved for the upcoming primary election.

- The fall city-wide clean-up date is Saturday, Oct. 7.

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