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Whalan approves building permits, plans for Town Hall Celebration on September 28

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris

The coming and going of buildings in the City of Whalan was the topic for discussion and decisions at the September 9 city council meeting, with permits being approved for two current projects. A permit was approved for the moving of a house owned by Tammy Hughes from property adjacent to the bike trail and Town Hall. (The house was moved to a new location outside of town on the afternoon of September 9).

The now-vacated property will be the site of the construction of two new rental properties sometime this fall. (Questions were raised about any existing limits and/or ordinances in Whalan regarding bed-and-breakfast properties; that matter will be researched). The Council approved the needed permits for that project as well.

Other Business

A “thank you” was received from the Taste of the Trail committee for the Council’s support of that event that took place on Saturday, September 14.

The time for Taste of the Trail in Whalan was 10a.m. to 3p.m., and featured food, fun, music, family activities and local vendors, all conveniently located by the Gazebo next to the Root River bike trail. Norwegian delicacies will be featured, along with French crepes, Irish whiskey cake, and as well as the traditional brats and hot dogs for sale. Pies from the Aroma Pie Shop, too. From 11a.m.-1p.m. there was live music in the old-fashioned cowboy theme with Roger Svabakken and Barb Mosher. There will be make-and-take craft items, face-painting, a hands-on learning activity focused on bike safety, mini-horses and more. The Whalan Museum on the second floor of the Town Hall was open for tours as well.

While committee members stated that their goal is to one day have this event be totally self-sustaining, they expressed gratitude for the town’s support, as well as for donations recently made by local businesses.

The 2014 tax levy was set at 5 percent, a decision that can be reviewed and adjusted (downward only) in December, 2013.

Street signs for the new development will soon be set in place.

A celebration and ceremonial ribbon-cutting is being planned for Saturday, September 28, to mark the completion of major improvements to the Whalan Town Hall. Over the past three-plus years the Hall has received a new foundation, been painted, received new landscaping, a deck, had extensive inside improvements, and enhanced accessibility. The ribbon-cutting involving the Chamber of Commerce will take place at 12:45 p.m. There will be music and refreshments at the event, and all are invited to attend.

Discussion was held concerning how to best deal with the town “leaf harvest” this fall, and approval was given to purchase machinery to mulch/vacuum those leaves in city parks and ball fields in coming months. A limit of $1,800-$2,000 for the purchase of that machinery was approved.

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