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The city located on the west shore of Lake Minnewaska, at the junction of Highways 28, 29 and 114. It is 130 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. With an economic development board assisting new businesses in getting started, Starbuck has been gaining in population since 1995.
A municipal airport, Minnewaska District Hospital, Minnewaska Area High School, supporting students from Starbuck, Glenwood, Lowry and Villard enrolled in this joint-effort facility.



Glenwood, county HRA hire shared director

By Zach Anderson
news.times@hcinet.net

The Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority with Economic Development (HRA/EDA) powers will soon receive additional help with administrative work beginning early April.
The county HRA/EDA approved signing a memorandum of understanding to share an executive director with the Glenwood Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Anja Carlson was hired by the Glenwood HRA on April 5 for the executive director position. Carlson began working today (Monday) with current Glenwood HRA executive director Dorothy Gaffaney, who retires on May 31.
The Glenwood HRA will contract 8-10 hours (per the memorandum of understanding) per week for administrative staffing services to the county HRA/EDA. The Pope County HRA/EDA will compensate the Glenwood HRA for 25 percent (a little over $12,000 per year) of the total annual compensation paid to the Glenwood HRA executive director.
The Pope County HRA/EDA will also contribute $1,500 annually for housing-related training.
Gaffaney said that the Glenwood HRA interviewed five individuals for the position and narrowed it down to two applicants.
“This is something new for both organizations,” consultant Jason Murray said of the shared position.

Villard property sale
The board reviewed the terms for the sale of HRA/EDA-owned land in Villard on Commercial Ave. to Cody and Sarah Nelson to develop a fourplex housing unit. The board agreed to sell the land for $1.
Murray said the developer has indicated to him he would like to start construction on the project by early May.
The board set a public hearing for the sale of the land for its May 3 meeting.

In other action, the board:
• Approved hiring Ferguson Brothers Excavating to demolish and dispose of the four remaining trailers at the Lakeview RV Park in Starbuck. The board accepted Ferguson’s bid of $8,580.
• Accepted a bid for a 1998 Sandpiper camper trailer to Allen Braaten for $856.
• As part of The Ridge housing project in Glenwood, a large regional pond will be constructed for the storm water retention, leaving a significant amount of fill. The board approved allowing the city of Glenwood to store roughly 6,000 yards of fill on the adjacent HRA/EDA property for the 4th Avenue project (proposed road through the fairgrounds) that will commence in the spring of 2018.
• Approved hiring CliftonLarsonAllen for consulting services and services on preparing for the 2016 audit.
• Approved Murray working with Attorney Jeff Kuhn to take care of some title work on the D.W. Jones project
• Approved hiring Johnsrud Mowing to mow the HRA/EDA-owned Bay Meadows Townhomes for $75 per time.

 
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