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Ostrander opts out of granny pods


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

Brian Malm explains an engineering agreement to the Ostrander City Council. Photo by Rich Wicks

The Ostrander City Council met on August 16 for a special meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). As posted, the items to be discussed were to pick a funding option for the pre-project financing and authorizing the submission of such application, and to approve or opt out of the “granny pods” law.

The council first herd from Mike Bubany, who stated that for Ostrander’s infrastructure project, the USDA is able to help, through grants and loans, but, “USDA, however, doesn’t provide the longterm financing until after construction is complete. So you have to do construction financing,” and he explained that Minnesota Rural Water Association has an interim financing option. “Then it turns out,” he added, “the interim financing program does not become available until bids,…and bids might be next spring or summer or fall. So, you need an interim financing for the interim financing because you’re going to be getting into large bills associated with the design.”

Bubany then summarized what the city’s options are, saying, “Cities must structure all debt as a bond issue. USDA loans, they call them loans, but they’re bond issues. Minnesota Water calls them loans; they’re bond issues.” He then offers several options for the city to consider in trying to find the most cost-effective option. He said governmental programs, such as USDA, are always the best option to look at first, but because of their rules, that’s why the city is looking for interim funding in the first place.

Secondly, he mentioned a conventional bond sale, but said they are very expensive to issue. He gave a ballpark estimate that for the $527,000 in pre-project costs, minus $144,000 for the county’s contribution, the city would pay about $30,000 just in issuance costs. He also pointed out that this type of funding has significant inherent delays.

Third, he said Minnesota Water offers MIDI loans, at a higher interest rate but much lower issuance cost. He estimate that for this short-term project, this would result in payments about $20,000 lower than conventional borrowing. Bubany said this is what he would recommend Ostrander pursue. After some discussion, the council voted to authorize application for such a MIDI loan.

Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk Engineering then presented an “Agreement between owner and engi .....
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Ostrander sets meeting on granny pods

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on August 2 for a regular meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). The council unanimously approved the consent agenda items. The ..... 
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Gary Norby

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Gary Norby, age 72, of LeRoy, Minn., died Thursday, July 14, 2016, as a result of injuries sustained while working in the woods on his home place. Gary Keith Norby was born October 4, 1943 to Lloyd Kermitt and Frances Elizabeth (Hamlin) Norby at S ..... 
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Ostrander water main breaks discussed

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

By Rich Wicks The Ostrander city council met on July 5 for a regular meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). The council unanimously approved the consent agenda i ..... 
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Dorothea Remley Calhoun

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Dorothea Remley Calhoun, 83, formerly of Dodge Center, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016 at the Ostrander Care and Rehab Center. Dorothea P. Wilke was born July 17, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa, to Theodore and Laura (Sheets) Wilke. When she w ..... 
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Ostrander resident questions city’s sewer rates

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

By Hannah Wingert “I can’t afford the sewer rates.” an Ostrander citizen, who asked not to be named, told the city council at their June 7 meeting. “I believe that they’re too high.” She went on to say that she had looked at sewer ra ..... 
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Ostrander ponders fire truck purchase

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on May 3 for a regular meeting. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, and DJ Start. Clerk Chris Hyrkas and Heidi Jones were absent. Insurance agent Ann Keim addressed the council regarding t ..... 
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Scams worry Ostrander residents

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on March 1 for a regular meeting, which started at 5 p.m. due to the Minnesota Caucus which was set to open at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, ..... 
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Viola Berg

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Funeral services for Viola Berg will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, MN with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial will take place in the Ostrander Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5:00-7:0 ..... 
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