Musco lighting equipment, the manufacturer of the lights installed in 2010 at the Bolduan Park softball fields. Cost for the system was $64,005, with about $16,000 to install light fixtures and wire each tower and about $18,000 to hook the system up to the electrical system. The system was installed in November and December of 2011 and tested in January of 2012.
The Lakers will reimburse a portion of the costs at $2,400 per year from the 2013 state tournament profits. Money from the city’s park fund and the
Community Development fund was used for the purchase.
In major actions during 2011, the city:
• Approved an amendment to the Orderly Annexation Agreement with Maple Lake Township that adjusted the base rate for tax reimbursement to the township, removed language regarding a joint board, and included an
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entire parcel owned by Mel and Dorothy Stuhr in the OAA area. Under the previous OAA boundary, only a portion of the parcel had been included.
• Received a proposal from the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce to repair promotional signs on each end of the city. The Chamber offered to pay for part or all of the project in partnership with another organization or as part of a Scout project.
• Approved a plan for filming in the city by Triwar Pictures for the independent horror film, “Discursion.” Filming was planned for March at various locations around town, including a segment on Birch Avenue. In return for the city’s cooperation, director Mitchel Jones and producer Nicole Kruex offered to create a documentary for the town.
• Approved a contract agreement for upgrades to city hall bathrooms, lobby drinking fountain and interior door hardware. The upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act were required as part of the federal funding for sewer system re-routing and demolition of the old city sewer plant. Financing for the project came from a $604,000 grant awarded to the city as part of the federal funding package.
• Began inspections of water drainage systems on property in the city in an effort to reduce the amount of water that was unnecessarily being treated at the sewer plant. The city’s sewage fees averaged $22,000 in January and February, but climbed to $42,000 in March as a result of water inflow and infiltration into the sewer system.
• Began preparations for the painting of the city’s water tower, which was constructed in 1993. Work was scheduled to begin at the end of May and run for about 12 weeks.
• Set up a special assessment fund to help residents finance sewer service repairs as identified by city