The LaPrairie City Council granted a reprieve to a local property and its owner Monday at its regular council meeting.
The council had mulled a resolution requiring the owner of a residential property on LaPrairie Avenue to make a number of costly repairs by Nov. 1 or the building would be razed.
Mayor Mike Fall favored passing the resolution, saying that to do otherwise was delaying the inevitable - given the high cost of the needed repairs.
Other councilors, however, thought an order to raze the property was too much too soon.
Councilor Margie Ritter, who also serves on the city’s zoning committee, said the committee had approved requiring completion of outside repairs by that Nov. 1 deadline. Outside repairs, she said, would prevent further damage to the interior.
Fall countered that completing outside repairs only was equivalent to “putting a Cadillac paint job on a ’73 Comet.” The council however, tabled the matter until a new resolution, which dealt with only the exterior issues could be drafted.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the Feb. 3 regular council meeting.
• Listened to a thank you presentation from Jason Mallum, vice-president of the hockey association for the city’s role in hosting a mite tournament while the Hodgins-Berado Arena was closed for repairs.
• Discussed easements needed for the Fraser Street Trail project. Initially, City Engineer Glen Hodgson told the council that four easements would be needed. Further surveying, however, revealed the need for three additional easements. The estimated total cost for acquiring the easements is $10,381. Hodgins recommended the council secure some of those easements for right-of-way purposes, regardless of whether the trail project moves forward. The council authorized Hodgson to begin the negotiation process with affected landowners using the valuation process presented.
• Discussed options for updating the city’s five-year comprehensive plan. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency will be requiring updated plans in order for cities to apply for infrastructure grant funding. The IRRRB also is providing matching funds for the costs of updating. The council directed the city clerk to send out a request for proposals to complete the comp plan update.
• Passed a resolution authorizing a reapplication to IRRRB for infrastructure grant funding.
• Approved annual contracts with Itasca County for work on city roads and salt/sand services.
• Tabled approval of the Arrowhead Procare three year membership agreement, pending further information.