The Perham City Council approved an extension of the Prairie's Edge development at the regular council meeting on Monday. The 200-foot extension north on Seventh Avenue Northeast makes room for another house to be built in phase one of the development project. The city and developer Joe Esser entered the development agreement in Feb. 2007. Phase two and three of the developments will take place in subsequent years, according to a memorandum of the agreement.
City Engineer Jade Berube briefed the council on the progress of a variety of projects around town. The Second Avenue Southwest project is progressing rapidly, with 60% of the underground work already complete. Preparations are underway to restore County Road 8, which will be open by Memorial Day weekend. When the road does open, the stop signs on Main Street at Second Avenue East, and County Road 8 at Third Street North will be removed. The stop signs at Main Street and Sixth Avenue Southwest will remain in place. Seventh Avenue Northeast will be reconstructed in 2020 with funds coming from the state's Local Road Improvement Program.
In other city news
• The council approved widening the First Avenue South roadway to 44 feet from the planned 36 feet. The wider road allows for two lanes of street parking, instead of one. The cost difference is $5,825.
• The council approved a variety of events to take place in local parks. Including the Miss Perham 5K run in Arvig Park. Yoga in the Park at Paul Miller Park and the Ladyslipper Garden Club's annual plant sale in NP Park.
• The council approved a new fuel system at the municipal airport.