City Council Meets tonight


Thief River Falls city council meets in chambers tonight at 5:30 at City Hall. Tonight’s meeting begins with the consent agenda which includes approval of an intoxicating liquor license to Fozzie’s Bar-be-cue for service to begin April 1st, 2020 at 123 3rd Street east which is the former Elks Club building now under renovation. Also during the consent agenda, approval of the vehicle impound agreement with Falls Towing. In the council agenda, it states that ‘the City of Thief River Falls is currently running out of room in its current location for the City impound lot. This agreement would provide proper authorization to tow vehicles and administer the storage lot for impounded vehicles for the City of Thief River Falls’ ‘ at Falls Towing.

Approval of new cooler doors for Fall’s Liquor is also on the agenda. Existing doors are over 30 years old and some will not shut properly and have window and door heaters that need repair. The request, submitted for approval, is to accept a quote from Dakota Refrigeration as the lowest responsible quote to replace 26 cooler doors and frames plus additional shelving needed to reset four doors.

Also, on the agenda is approval of Highway right-of-way and temporary construction easements at Brooks Avenue and Highway 1. The easements would be temporary and would be purchased by the Minnesota DOT. The easements will be small portions of land at the northwest and southwest corners of Highway 1 and Brooks Avenue and would be let out to the Department of Transportation for a price of $5700.

The public works department will submit a request to dedicate two public streets. These streets include the public street on the north side of DigiKey that connects Barzen Avenue with County State Aid Highway No. 16 that will be dedicated as Technology Street; and a public street on the south side of Digi-Key that connects Greenwood Street with the newly- constructed 1700 car parking lot, which would be known as Digi-Key Drive.

New business includes approval of appointments to boards and commissions then approval of a temporary intoxicating liquor license for the Pennington County Fair Association. Finally, the city council will be asked to approve the feasibility report for the proposed 2020 Street and Utilities Improvements. Included in the report are improvement projects for Highway 1 West and the Franklin Middle School,”Safe Route to School” multi-use trail. Cost for these two projects, combined, is $1, 539,000. Of this amount, $642,000 would be covered locally while $897,000 would be covered by state and federal aid and a “Safe Route to School” grant. A public hearing would be planned for these projects on February 10th at 5 pm in council chambers.


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