By Solomon Gustavo
DASSEL, MN - At its meeting Oct. 19, Dassel City Council responded to a request the city participate in a proposed county-wide housing study. The study will be conducted by the Meeker County Economic Development Authority (EDA).
The council approved the contribution, costing $1,460.
“We have been looking for a housing study,” Mayor Jeff Putnam said, adding that the price is reasonable.
According to the request, the study will cost $30,000.
“If we cannot raise this amount, the study will not be done in 2016,” Meeker EDA Director David Krueger noted.
Participation costs $1 per Meeker County resident, leaving Dassel with a $1,460 contribution. The request asks for funds in 2015, and the study is to be conducted in 2016.
In his request, Krueger states the housing study “is a business plan for the future of housing needs and investment,” and the study will determine what types of housing are needed, when housing is needed, and how much.
It will also evaluate if current housing requires rehabilitation, according to the letter.
During his departmental report, Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak spoke about the trouble city staff is having sweeping up walnuts. The sweeper rolls the walnuts down the street, Scepaniak said, and he doesn’t want walnuts entering the stormwater drains.
“It’s like sweeping a golf ball,” he said.
He asks residents with walnut trees to “please pick up the nuts that are in the street.”
Little Free Libraries
Two Little Free Libraries have been installed at Bandstand Park and Dassel History Center by the Public Works department. Little Free Libraries are receptacles that hold books. Residents are free to borrow, return or contribute to the Little Free Libraries.
The libraries were donated to the city by Dassel Ambassadors Kelly Busche and Caitie Latt.