The Bovey City Council was updated at its regular meeting last week on action taken by the Itasca County Board that will move forward demolition at the former Spur Station site.
The station ceased operation as a gas station when the Bovey Bypass (reconstructed Highway 169) opened. The property was forfeited to the state of Minnesota in 2013. However, underground storage tanks still remain on the site. Itasca County, which manages tax-forfeited lands on behalf of the state, was contacted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that the property cannot be operated as a gas station with the existing tanks in place.
Late last month, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with removing the tanks and conducting any final remediation necessary. Funding for the tank removal and remediation will be paid for the Forest Resources Fund.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the May 21 council meeting.
• Listened to the monthly fire department report from assistant fire chief Trevor Guyer. He said the department answered 10 calls last month, nine were medical and one was a fire call.
• Passed a motion in support of the planned Maasch Construction redevelopment.
• Discussed a request by the Joint Recreation Board to water the fields without a meter. Metering is required under city ordinance. Councilor Dick Foss agreed to call the city of Grand Rapids to request borrowing a meter.