Pine City Agrees To Snow Storage Contract

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 6:19 am

With summer nearing, snow is the last thing Pine City residents want to think about.  However, Wednesday it was one of the main issues discussed at the monthly city council meeting.

The council agreed to a five-year agreement with the Pine County Agriculture Society for city snow storage.  The city will pay the Ag Society $300 a month for the seven months from October to April to pile snow on the Ag Society property after removal from city streets and after snow emergencies.  City Administrator Don Howard says he believes the agreement is the best for the city.

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In April, council member Paul Janssen proposed to enter a lease with the Ag society for $2,000 a year for 15 years.  The motion was tabled so the city could gather more information.  The contract agreement approved Wednesday is $100 more a year, for ten less years.  City resident Bob Solaneck says he wants to see alternative options.

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Howard and Mayor Jane Robbins said that the city has looked at other options, and ultimately found the site on the east side of highway 61 is the best, most functional spot.

The city can begin using the Ag Society property on October 1st.

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