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HL City Council approves welcome sign location

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council approved a location for the city welcome sign at its meeting Tuesday.

“The 6th Avenue corner, north of the library, is the best option, because other locations are cost-prohibitive,” City Administrator Jennifer Nash commented.

For full story, see May 11 issue.

HL City Council will discuss welcome sign location

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will discuss a location for its welcome sign at its meeting tonight, May 5 at 7 p.m.

The council will also discuss:

  • a bench donation program;
  • resignation of a part-time municipal liquor store employee; and
  • certifying a delinquent utility bill.

For an update after the meeting, check back with HJ Blogs.

Waverly residents express concerns about a possible solar farm

WAVERLY, MN – Waverly Planning and Zoning Commission listened during a public hearing April 16 to input from residents regarding a possible agreement with SunShares, a solar farm company that has purchased land in Waverly.

SunShares presented a proposed plan, which includes a chain link fence, grass berm, row of trees and shrubs, and a grass buffer area between the solar farm and residents’ properties.

Residents whose property is adjacent to the proposed site expressed concerns, including a possible decrease in property values, an increase in water runoff, sound disturbance, dangers to migratory birds, and blight.

Solar farms haven’t been around long enough to obtain proper research on the affect of home values, according to Jon Sullivan, SunShares director of project development.

“Part of the plan will be to correct runoff issues,” he added. “We can’t just maximize our property and run the water off to everyone else’s property.”

A grading plan will be part of the permit process, as well as a plan to keep the wetland on the property intact.

“We plan to build around it,” Sullivan noted.

For full story, see April 27 issue.

HL Chamber will proceed with farmers market planning

HOWARD LAKE, MN – After receiving results from a survey regarding a possible farmers market in Howard Lake, the Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (HLACC) decided to move forward with planning the event at its meeting Wednesday.

Out of 100 completed surveys, 70 people would prefer a Saturday farmers market; 47 would like it to be in the morning; and 44 think it should occur every week, according to the survey.

Based on the survey, HLACC President Jeff Schoess recommended finding a person to organize the event with a plan to conduct the farmers market every Saturday morning.

For full story, see April 20 issue.


HL plans informational meeting about sewer project

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City staff will host an informational meeting for residents regarding a new sewer line televising project, Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Howard Lake City Hall.

Letters have been sent to about 60 homeowners notifying them of plans to begin the project in their area.

The pilot area includes homes on 5th Avenue, south of 9th Street; both sides of 4th Avenue; the east side of 6th Avenue, south of 9th Street; and some streets between 6th and 5th avenues.

For full story, see April 20 issue.


Waverly council approves Lakeview project financing

WAVERLY, MN – Shelly Eldridge of Ehlers Financial Consulting presented the Waverly City Council with three funding options for its Lakeview Drive improvement project at its meeting Tuesday.

The options included combinations of general obligation bond refinancing, additional general obligation bonds, and a Public Facilities Authority (PFA) loan.

Council approved an option that includes $400,000 of new bonded funding, and an advance refinancing of two of its general obligation bonds, 2005B and 2007A, for $1.8 million.

Refinancing the bonds is expected to save the city $27,000 per year, for a total of $170,000.

The total amount the city will receive for the bonds is estimated to total $2.2 million.

The project is expected to cost $950,00 total. A PFA loan of $600,000 will fund a majority of the funding, and the $400,000 in new general obligation bonds will fund the rest.

For full story, see April 20 issue.

*Blog post edited to reflect correct amounts of loans and bonds. *