Pine City Council Notes
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
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.
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.