By Celeste Rapp

The Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority with Economic Development Authority powers (HRA/EDA) held their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 6.

The first organizational item was the election of the chair, vice-chair and secretary. Al Rutter nominated Lori Vaadeland to be chair, Greg Vold to be vice-chair and Cody Rogahn to be secretary. Paul Gerde seconded the nomination and the three were elected to their positions through a unanimous vote.

The board then approved the HRA/EDA board’s by-laws, which have not changed since last year.

Glenwood State Bank and Eagle Bank were designated as the Pope County HRA/EDA’s depositories. The two banks have been the board’s depositories for years.

The board designated the Pope County Tribune as the official newspaper of the HRA/EDA. Also, the board designated the Pope County Courthouse as their official posting place.

The per diem rate for board members remains the same as previous years, while the dates of meetings also remain the same: the first and third Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m.

Public hearing for sale

of HRA/EDA land

The HRA/EDA board held a public hearing for the purchase of HRA/EDA land by John Riley. Riley will acquire two parcels, parcel 21-1044-102 and parcel 21-1044-203, for the purchase price of $50,000. Riley plans on leveling the parcels and building a self-storage building that will be 100 ft. long and 60 ft. wide. There will be doors on both sides of the building.

In other business, the board:

• Approved official proceedings from the Dec. 16, 2020 meeting of the board.

• Approved payment of bills totaling $112,521.36.

• Heard from Jason Murray about a request to lease Lakeview RV Park property. The Lakeview RV Park property lies west of Hwy. 29 S and north of Airport Road. The interested party is the Beaumia family, who own Beau Coffee Company, LLC. and run a coffee kiosk in Lowry, Sequoia Coffee. Sequoia Coffee was owned by the Musselman family before they sold the kiosk to the Beaumias in Oct. 2019. Now, the Beaumias would like to set up a kiosk in Starbuck on the Lakeview RV Park property. The Beaumias requested water and sewer hookups, electricity, a restroom and storage. They proposed a lease price to the board of $250 per month, including water, sewer and electricity. They would begin working on the Starbuck location in May 2021. The board authorized staff to engage in conversation with the Beaumias in order to get a better idea of what they require.

• Approved an appraisal service engagement with Daryl J. Matthew Appraisal & Consulting Services, Inc. out of Fergus Falls. The engagement is to appraise the Bay Meadows properties and the service fee isn’t to exceed $3,500.