By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Howard Lake City Council adopted a motion to accept a $6,500 historical and cultural heritage (legacy) grant through the Minnesota Historical Society to complete a feasibility analysis for the second level of the former city hall building during Tuesday’s meeting.
Work on the analysis will begin after the grant is received.
The building that was once Howard Lake’s city hall is now the municipal liquor store, and the second level has not been used in many years.
The building is in need of repairs if the city plans to use the second level in the future, according to City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller.
“The roof leaks, so it definitely needs new shingles,” Councilman Mike Mitchell stated.
The analysis will determine how much work will be necessary, and provide an estimate of the cost to rehabilitate the second level.
After completing the analysis, the city is not obligated to complete the recommended renovations, Haggenmiller said.
Flat levy in 2014
Council adopted the final 2014 levy of $716,028, which is an increase from the 2013 levy of $6,466, or 0.91 percent.
The preliminary 2014 levy was $728,523, which reflected an increase of $18,961, or 2.67 percent, from the 2013 levy.
The city approved the revised budget at the Oct. 22 workshop, allowing for a flat levy.
A levy increase or decrease below 1 percent is considered flat.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• adopted the assessment for unpaid charges list, which was lower than that of previous years due to collection efforts and enforced payment plans, according to Deputy Clerk Jennifer Nash.
• approved a conditional job offer for part-time Howard Lake police officer, Daniel Schmidt.
• terminated the employment contract for an at-will Public Access Community Television (PACT10) employee, for financial reasons.
• passed a motion to accept the PACT10 reorganization and staff training quote.
• set the date for the mandatory municipal liquor store operational loss public hearing. The hearing will take place at the next regular council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.