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Brian Hansel | Daily Journal

Thank you: Seth Erickson’s community service to the Fergus Falls Fire Department was recognized with a plaque Monday evening by Deputy Chief Dean Anderson, right.

Seven new members of the Fergus Falls Fire Department took their oath and received their badges Monday evening at the City Council meeting.

Introduced by Fergus Falls Fire Chief Ryan Muchow and led in their oath by Mayor Ben Schierer, the new members included Todd Bjerklie, Korey Fry, Jonah Hove, Ryan Johnson, Sam Nelson, Jim Salentine and Tanner Stadum.

In addition to their firefighting duties, each fireman holds a position in the community. Fry is employed by Lakes Country Services Cooperative, Hove and Johnson work for the Fergus Falls Public Schools, Nelson is employed by JB Electric, Salentine works for LB Homes and Stadum is a member of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

Also, they commended Seth Erickson for his community service to the Fergus Falls Fire Department as deputy Chief Dean Anderson presented him with a plaque.

According to Anderson, Erickson had devoted much of his own time to help improve the 911 mapping capabilities of not only the Fergus Falls Fire Department but other fire departments and some of the emergency management teams and for some of the EMS personnel.

“What Seth has done is that he has gone out on his own time to gather information for the Fergus Falls Fire Department as far as hydrant locations, fire department connection locations so if we get a call when that map pops up that information will show up on that location,” Anderson said.

In other business the council approved:

• A resolution for a $25,000 forgivable loan to the Otter Cove Children’s Museum from the Business Development for Fergus Falls Loan Fund.

• A recommendation by City Engineer Brian Yavarow to accept a quote of $101,786.65 from Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation for a street improvement project on West Lincoln Avenue to be completed by Sept. 15.

• A resolution providing for the competitive negotiated sale of $3,320,000 in general obligation bonds as recommended by Finance Director Bill Sonmor.

• A resolution approving a conditional-use permit for a day nursery in a B06 subregional shopping center district at 2300 College Way (the former Target store) requested by Independent School District 544.

• A motion and two resolutions dealing with the future development of an elderly tenant multiple housing project at 1639 Cottage Drive as requested by Good Neighbor Properties.

• A resolution approving comments by the city of Fergus Falls for submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Otter Tail Power hydropower licensing.

In addition to a proclamation by Mayor Schierer recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Fergus Falls cyclone, the council received updates on a community development director position and the Level IV learning center project.

The next Committee of the Whole meeting on June 26 and the upcoming City Council meeting on July 1 will both be held in the Fergus Falls Police Department community room. The committee meeting is set for 7 a.m. while the city council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Committee authorized

to make deal on bonds

The Fergus Falls Port Authority voted Monday afternoon to give a three-man pricing committee the power to sell general obligation bonds on the Level IV learning center for the maximum amount and a maximum interest rate.

Financial advisor Doug Green of Baker Tilly, an accounting and advisory firm out of St. Paul, told Port Authority members the committee will consist of Port Authority Executive Director Andrew Bremseth, Port Authority President Anthony Hicks and Fergus Falls Finance Director Bill Sonmor.

At their June 11 meeting, the Port Authority approved a bid by Comstock Construction of Fergus Falls, Fargo and Wahpeton for $1,492,000 to renovate the former Army Reserve Center on First Avenue in the Industrial Park for the new learning center.

The Port Authority was told June 11 that city officials were close to a leasing agreement on the building with Lakes County Service Cooperative.

Because of favorable interest rates at the present time, Green believed the Port Authority could lock in the interest rate on the bonds at 3%. He expects the sale of the bonds to take place around June 26.

Statutes indicate the Fergus Falls City Council will need to ratify the sale of bonds. Green expects to be coming back to Fergus Falls for that action July 1.

“What Seth has done is that he has gone out on his own time to gather information for the Fergus Falls Fire Department as far as hydrant locations, fire department connection locations so if we get a call when that map pops up that information will show up on that location,” Anderson said.

In other business the council approved:

• A resolution for a $25,000 forgivable loan to the Otter Cove Children’s Museum from the Business Development for Fergus Falls Loan Fund.

• A recommendation by City Engineer Brian Yavarow to accept a quote of $101,786.65 from Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation for a street improvement project on West Lincoln Avenue to be completed by Sept. 15.

• A resolution providing for the competitive negotiated sale of $3,320,000 in general obligation bonds as recommended by Finance Director Bill Sonmor.

• A resolution approving a conditional-use permit for a day nursery in a B06 subregional shopping center district at 2300 College Way (the former Target store) requested by Independent School District 544.

• A motion and two resolutions dealing with the future development of an elderly tenant multiple housing project at 1639 Cottage Drive as requested by Good Neighbor Properties.

• A resolution approving comments by the city of Fergus Falls for submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Otter Tail Power hydropower licensing.

In addition to a proclamation by Mayor Schierer recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Fergus Falls cyclone, the council received updates on a community development director position and the Level IV learning center project.

The next Committee of the Whole meeting on June 26 and the upcoming City Council meeting on July 1 will both be held in the Fergus Falls Police Department community room. The committee meeting is set for 7 a.m. while the city council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Committee authorized

to make deal on bonds

The Fergus Falls Port Authority voted Monday afternoon to give a three-man pricing committee the power to sell general obligation bonds on the Level IV learning center for the maximum amount and a maximum interest rate.

Financial advisor Doug Green of Baker Tilly, an accounting and advisory firm out of St. Paul, told Port Authority members the committee will consist of Port Authority Executive Director Andrew Bremseth, Port Authority President Anthony Hicks and Fergus Falls Finance Director Bill Sonmor.

At their June 11 meeting, the Port Authority approved a bid by Comstock Construction of Fergus Falls, Fargo and Wahpeton for $1,492,000 to renovate the former Army Reserve Center on First Avenue in the Industrial Park for the new learning center.

The Port Authority was told June 11 that city officials were close to a leasing agreement on the building with Lakes County Service Cooperative.

Because of favorable interest rates at the present time, Green believed the Port Authority could lock in the interest rate on the bonds at 3%. He expects the sale of the bonds to take place around June 26.

Statutes indicate the Fergus Falls City Council will need to ratify the sale of bonds. Green expects to be coming back to Fergus Falls for that action July 1.

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