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City to move forward with reapplication for DNR recreation grant

Hendricks Pioneer of Hendricks, Minnesota

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The City of Hendricks will be re-applying for a DNR recreation grant that, if approved, will be used for making campground improvements. The improvements include the construction of a new shower and restroom facility and four primitive cabins. Application for the same grant was turned down earlier this year. The new application will be revised to possibly include electrical improvements. City Administrator David Blees reported to the Council that at the Oct. 27 meeting of the Hendricks EDA, a proposal from DSI to help complete the grant for $2,200 was discussed. Blees said the EDA approved contributing $1,000 towards this fee if the City would pay the $1,200 balance. A motion was made by Scott Pearson and seconded by Nathan Nuese to approve, the motion passed unanimously.

A concerned citizen spoke to the Council during Public Forum about the Buch-holz house that was severely damaged by fire a couple of months ago. The citizen asked the Council if they could take a hand in getting the house torn down as it is an eyesore.

Mayor Julie Hogie asked if there was a way the City could give formal notice to the homeowner, Kevin "Mel" Buchholz, a timeframe in which to do something about the house.

Councilman Darren Schumacher asked if there is an on-going investigation as the Fire Marshal had deemed the cause of the fire to be arson. Blees said he hadn't heard anything recently on the investigation.

City Attorney John En-gels talked to the Council about a few options they had in regards to getting the house torn down. If the City were to take care of it, the cost could be assessed to the homeowner's taxes. However, if the taxes are not paid, the property could end up in the City or County's possession.

Another option Engels presented was if the homeowner wanted to deed the property to the City, the City would then be responsible for tearing down the house.

Knowing the homeowner would as soon retain possession of the lot the house is sitting on, Blees said he would talk to the homeowner and see what he would like to do. Blees said he would also inform the homeowner that he will be receiving formal notice following the next meeting of the Council.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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