Permits for 2nd St. Stage, Crazy Days depend on Walz – Park Rapids Enterprise

The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday, March 23, gave conditional approval to several permits requested by LuAnn Hurd-Lof with the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association.

The permits are contingent on the status of Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders as of the date of each event, as well as proof of liability insurance and the payment of fees. They were for 2nd Street Stage events and Crazy Days.

In other consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved a change order for the well and water treatment facility project, an increase of $7,940 to replace a well check valve.

  • Purchased a 2006 Oshkosh H Series truck and plow for $17,424 from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport for the Park Rapids Municipal Airport.

  • Paid TKDA $3,632 for work on the municipal airport terminal area taxilanes project.

  • Paid Thelen’s Excavating $4,930 for sewage clean-up after a malfunction at the sewer system’s main lift station.

  • Paid Flaherty and Hood $1,354 for work regarding various legal issues, including $230 for general municipal matters, $349 each for general and police labor and employment consultations, and $426 for liquor store-related labor consultations.

  • Paid LifeSigns Plus, Inc. $1,300 for in-person CPR training for fire department personnel.

  • Adopted an ordinance amending the city code regarding the Urban Forestry Committee. The new ordinance language inserts the phrase “voting members” to a description of the committee, and replaces the city planner with “one city staff member” as a voting member. The first reading of the ordinance was approved on March 9.

  • Scheduled the annual Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 15 at city hall.

  • Raised part-time Rapids Spirits liquor store clerk Cody Barr’s wages to the two-year step at $15.22 per hour, per the city’s labor agreement with UFCW Local 1189.

  • Authorized advertising and interviewing for two seasonal part-time liquor store clerks.

  • Authorized the city administrator to license local businesses to use public sidewalks and parking spaces adjacent to their buildings as temporary alfresco seating areas for dining and alcohol service, to help them rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Proclaimed April 30 as Arbor Day in the city.

  • Permitted Jacob Quam with TNT Fireworks to sell fireworks in the Walmart parking lot from June 20 to July 5.

  • Approved payables totaling $35,532 and prepaids totaling $330,949.

  • Permitted the destruction of aged documents according to state law.

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The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at city hall. Note, this is a special time due to the special school bond election that day.



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