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NY Mills City Council accepts donations

The New York Mills City Council accepted various donations on behalf of the library, the fire department and the parks board at its regular June meeting.

The park board received $2,400 to help with expenses for the playground being established in the Country View residential development. Mid-State Auto Auction, Tender Hearts Home Care, ACS and Roach Development DBA Country View Townhomes each gave monetary funds of different sizes.

The library received $9,400 from the New York Mills Lions and the Friends of the Library.

The fire department received $450 from Lakes Region Electric Cooperation and from Mary Pary, who donated in memory of the late Robert Pary.

Other news addressed at the council meeting:

-The sewer problem in front of the Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council (CAC) was partially repaired last week. The rest of the pipe that is in need of repair is in the ground water, so the area will have to be drained before they can continue.

Mayor Larry Hodgson asked that the engineer who designed the sewer system be present when they dig up the sewer again, so it can be determined if it was a design error. The CAC and the city will be splitting the costs to fix the problem.

-The city bought an OSHA-approved platform for the forklift on the city's tractor. This will be used for decoration placement and removal. Prior to this purchase, a pallet was used without safety sides. The cost was $1,000.

-Betty Swanson requested financial help from the city to help increase the security in the Mills Laundromat and for other repairs. Swanson requested $8,000, but the council approved up to $2,200, which is the remaining balance in the city's funds, with a 75/25-repayment option. WIN consulting must approve all projects before grant approval is finalized.

-Brunswick New York Mills Operation (Lund Boats Company) is exploring options to expand their factory. The first option would be to purchase land from the county so they can expand their current factory.

If buying additional land is not possible, Brunswick requested permission to expand their factory up to their existing property line, with zero setback from this line. The City of New York Mills has no setback regulations for commercial buildings, so permission was approved. However, Otter Tail County must also approve this action before an expansion can take place.

-The Community Outreach Group will be leasing a section of the food shelf for storage of furniture, beds and household goods. The Community Outreach Group, with help from the CAC and churches, helps women and children obtain household necessities in the event of a separation or divorce.

A 24x30 foot addition will be added on to the food shelf for this purpose. The New York Mills Lions Club and others will be donating for the cost of this addition. The city owns the building.

The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m.