By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN - Howard Lake has not completed a housing study since 2000, according to City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, but the city council authorized a study in 2014 during Tuesday’s meeting.
Haggenmiller had received a quote of $9,200, plus expenses, from Community Partners Resource, which was the lowest quote received, he said.
The city council included $7,000 in the 2014 budget for the housing study, and will be applying for a grant that could help pay for 50 percent of the cost.
The grant application is due in late December, and the study is expected to begin in January 2014.
“The goal for completion is March or April,” Haggenmiller said. “Which is good timing for construction season.”
The housing study is important because it helps attract building contractors by showing what is needed for housing in Howard Lake.
“When we were working with Community Asset Group for the assisted living facility, they needed a senior housing marketing study, in order to show the need for senior housing, before they could apply for funds,” Haggenmiller commented.
The process for the assisted living facility took longer because Community Asset Group needed the senior housing study, Haggenmiller noted.
“This housing study will be used as a tool for Howard Lake,” Mayor Pete Zimmerman said.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• heard the Municipal Liquor Store report from manager Myra Laway. Net profits for October were $2,189, and year-to-date there is a $2,389 net profit, according to Laway.
• approved use of city streets and Howard Lake Police Department assistance for the Turkey Tagalong 5K on Thansgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.
• approved a transfer of $120,000 from capital fund to sewer fund. Originally, the money was set aside for a tractor that the city will no longer need, because it no longer has its own wastewater treatment system.
• accepted a grant for economic development initiative. The grant will be divided among marketing the industrial park, a retail trade analysis, and a goal-setting session for Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
• adopted a resolution to apply for a grant that will help pay for button operation on the front door, which will help to make city hall more accessible.