Pine City Council Notes

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 at 7:31 am

The Pine County board agreed Tuesday not to tear down the old Pine County Courthouse in Pine City for a year. On Wednesday, the Pine City council had a chance to weigh in on the issue. City Administrator Don Howard discussed the agreement he made with the county at the board meeting Tuesday. Mayor Jane Robbins says she wants to see more exact numbers before any making any final decisions. She said its important to give tax payers specifics costs.

Another concern with members of the council is that they don’t want the city to pay again for a facility which has already been paid for in the past. Council member Brian Scholin says there needs to be legitimate evidence that the city has a valuable use for the courthouse

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The council agreed to continue negotiations with the county but will wait to take any action until they get the official no demolition agreement from County Attorney John Carlson

Water and Sewer rates may increase in Pine City. Pine City Administrator Don Howard made the recommendation Wednesday citing a likely $260,000 shortfall in the upcoming water budget.

The proposed increase is changing the minimum water rates from $22.50 to $50 for the first 5,000 gallons and from $4.25 to $ 7 for every thousand gallons above the initial five-thousand. Howard says the average use for a family of four per 90 days is just under 19,000 gallons. Council member Brian Scholin says the city should look at alternatives to how the charges are assessed.

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The proposed increase in the sewer rate is from $30 to $40 for the minimum. The council plans to take action in December.

The council approved the site plan for Chubby’s Bar and Grill. The restaurant plans to open in late November or early December, accroding to owner Matt McConnell. McConnell told some concerns citizens that he will work with them to keep noise to a “fair” level.

1 Comment

  1. pcresident 11/6/08 at 9:49am

    Sure there will be costs to acquire and renovate the courthouse… council members and Mayor, please also consider the fact that this can bring in revenue as well. The courthouse building could then be rented out to hmmm… how about the Center for the Arts, they want to take on the location and increase visibility and desireability to Pine City. Think past the first hurdle guys,.. and gals. Demolishing it, so there is one more empty ugly lot in Pine City would do nothing to increase the value of this community. Think outside the box -OK?? I’m so glad there is another bar in pine city- just think of the added revenue it will bring in for all the DWI’s that will stem from there. And just think, isn’t it great that once again there is nothing for the teenagers to do in this town??

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