May 21, 2007

In-street ped crosswalk signs will soon be in HL

City hopes to make Highway 12 easier to cross on foot

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

The City of Howard Lake has received permits to install eight “in-street pedestrian crosswalk” signs, according to discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Late last year, council members discussed the fact that Highway 12 is hard for pedestrians to cross and that the city should consider acquiring in-street pedestrian crosswalk signs.

Howard Lake Police Chief Dan Lang worked with the city to develop a plan for the placement of the signs, as well as the total number needed.

There will be two signs on Highway 12 near Bergie’s Pizza and Subs, one sign on Highway 12 near the Sinclair station, two more on Highway 12 near the liquor store, one on County Road 6 near the Legion, and two at the existing crosswalk flashers on County Road 6.

The signs will be installed by the city and will cost $250 each plus tax and shipping.

New assistant sewer and water operator hired

Council approved the hire of Jordan Plotz for the assistant sewer and water operator position.

Plotz is a graduate of Litchfield High School and has a degree in water and wastewater technology from St. Cloud Technical College.

Booth renter sought

The municipal liquor store is seeking a city organization to rent the pull-tab booth that the Lions used to run.

The Lions terminated their lease last winter for a few reasons including a decline in sales.

A local response has yet to surface, but three out-of-town organizations are interested. It was agreed to advertise a little longer in hopes that a local organization takes interest.

New maintenance shop to be constucted

The council approved the plans for a new maintenance shop, which will be a simple pole-barn type construction with in-floor heat.

The city will advertise for bids, hold a public hearing, and will apply for a conditional use permit.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• hosted a public hearing for an interim use permit for Erik and Corinne Omberg to operate a bed and breakfast at 809 6th Avenue.

The bed and breakfast is intended for use as a scrapbooking and quilting retreat. No comments were received from the public.

• were notified that federal funding for a school resource officer is not available this year.

Both the Howard Lake Police Department and the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School are interested in the possibility of such a position at the school.

The police department will seek alternative funding, if possible.

• approved procedures to comply with reimbursement bond regulations in an effort to apply for a water pollution control revolving loan for the future expansion of the wastewater plant.

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