At last week’s meeting of the LaPrairie City Council, Mayor Mike Fall, Councilor Tony Donahue, and Clerk Lana Hess were absent.
Mayor Pro Tem, Lynn O’Brien conducted the meeting in Fall’s absence. O’Brien took the occasion to inform citizens that the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission (PUC) would be implementing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology in LaPrairie that will enable meter reading via a radio frequency. Some customers might see slightly higher utility bills while other customers might see slightly smaller bills during the transition month. Correspondence from the PUC indicated that the PUC would not be imposing late fees during the transition month. The correspondence did not indicate when the meters would be installed.
Councilor Steve Feyma also wanted to remind citizens that the date for appealing the value that the Itasca County Assessor’s office has placed on homes in LaPrairie is April 19 at 9 a.m. Feyma also noted that this was not a forum to lodge complaints about taxation. The Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting is strictly for those that think their property is over-valued or under-valued.
In other business, the council:
• Announced that Waste Management would be picking up leaves on May 21.