By Jennifer Gallus
HOWARD LAKE, MN - The City of Howard Lake was notified by Dassel-Cokato Community Education that it will no longer reserve a two-week time slot for residents of Howard Lake for its summer swimming program, according to Tuesday’s city council workshop.
Lessons are still available for Howard Lake kids, just not in the special, set-aside time block as the past.
In the past, this time slot has allowed the city to provide bussing to the lessons, but also presented problems because the lessons were half an hour long, yet the kids had to be there for a period of time with little supervision after the lesson.
The city has always paid half the cost of the swimming lessons for city residents, which is about a $17.50 cost per child to the city, according to City Clerk Gene Gilbert.
The city will no longer offer the bussing, but will still pay half of the cost of swimming lessons if participants bring in a certificate stating the lessons were completed.
Additionally, the city is open to paying this amount even if the child attends another area swim program other than Dassel-Cokato’s.
Normally, about 20 children per year take advantage of the cost savings offered by the city.
Without having to provide bussing, the city will save some money.
Closed meeting about grocery store
During the city council meeting that took place prior to the workshop, the meeting was closed for a period of time while the council discussed grocery store negotiations.
When the council opened the meeting back up to the public, it voted to have Mark Custer’s building (the old grocery store building) appraised and inspected.
Seasonal city secretary Licht will not return
The city council was notified that seasonal city secretary Ruth Ann Licht will not return to work this summer.
Licht is retiring from her duties at the city, and the city is not planning to fill the position.
However, the city may consider hiring a student worker to help with filing, and odds and ends.
Compost site to open in early May this year
Depending upon how the weather shapes up, the City of Howard Lake’s compost site may open Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.
At the next city council meeting, the council will discuss whether the site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays again this year as in past years, or if it will only be open one day per week.
The council will also consider whether or not a port-a-potty will be placed by the site for employees to use during the four hour shift.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council: approved a lawful gambling application submitted by the Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days Committee for its celebration Thursday through Sunday, June 25 - 28.