The former post office at the corner of County Road 3 and County Road 1 in Fifty Lakes is set for demolition in February 2014, according to minutes from the Oct. 8 Fifty Lakes City Council meeting.
The city will not have a full-fledged post office but, pending finalizing paperwork, will open a “village post office.”
According to the U.S. Postal Service website, a village post office is usually run by a business and provides selected postal services.
Fifty Lakes City Hall will run the village post office with limited postal services. Clusters of post office boxes will be set up in a lighted corner of the parking lot. The postal carrier will deliver mail there, and boxes will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The former post office is being demolished to make way for improvements on County Road 3. The council decided Oct. 8 that it will pay for half of the city’s cost of the project in 2015 and pay the other half in 2016, according to meeting minutes.
Public warning system
The council decided Oct. 8 to send postcards to residents asking them to complete the survey on the city’s website regarding a new siren warning system. The city is seeking public input on a potential new warning system that would include five sirens at an estimated cost of $83,480 to $102,270.
In other business Oct. 8, minutes show the council:
• Heard an annual update from Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl. Dahl said the department is working on seat belt enforcement, distracted driving and the influx of texting and driving.
• Decided to allow any city staff member who doesn’t have dental insurance to purchase it through the city at the staff member’s own expense.
• Purchased a permanent easement from a private landowner that the city’s maintenance department uses as a turnaround. The cost for the easement was $1,247 including legal fees, the price of the land, survey fees and the filing fee.