Demolition of the former Spur Station on Central Avenue in Nashwauk was scheduled to take place on or about Wednesday, now that the matter has received court permission. Bougalis Construction, Hibbing, was retained to do the work.
The scheduled demolition was the subject of further council discussion at its most recent meeting. The owner of the station, Jim Wesanto, attended the meeting and asked to spare the basement from demolition. He agreed the above-ground demolition is needed but said he has items stored in the basement and has no other place to put them. They include large items such as vehicles and snowmobiles. He argued there is no reason why the basement had to be demolished along with the station.
City Attorney John Dimich said the basement is a part of the above ground structure and therefore included in the judge’s order. The council considered the request and after a review of the years of negotiation with the owner and his attorney, rejected it. The demolition will take place on schedule.
In other action, the council approved:
• The consent agenda, which included a $750 donation to the Booster Club for cleaning the food court during the Fourth of July Celebration.
• A contract with Ole Olson as campground host.
• Worker comp coverage for elected officials.
• A request from the Fourth of July Committee to advertise for the craft show/flea market.
• Councilors addressed what hours the band should play during the Fourth of July Celebration. The committee suggested 7-11 p.m., which brought suggestions of either 12 midnight or 10 p.m. from council members. The issue was sent back to the committee.
• Councilor Ed Bolf reported on his meet and greet meetings with residents. Seventeen items were on the list as suggestions and comments to improve the city and its function.
• Permission was granted to allow the fire department to commence with the annual spring burns.
The next regular meeting of the council is scheduled on May 13.