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Wed
24
Jul

Phone ballots set for August 21

The time for balloting in Maple Lake on the question of entering the metro calling area is almost here.

Roger Moy, rates analyst for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, said that ballots will be sent out on August 21 with a return deadline of October 2.

In January, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved proposed telephone rates that would be implemented if Maple Lake gains Extended Area Access (EAS) and becomes a part of the metro calling area.

Entrance into the metro calling area would mean no toll (long distance) charges for calls within that area. However, the costs of providing that extended service to Maple Lake would result in higher monthly phone bills. The additive charge in Maple Lake would be $15.63 for residents and businesses, in addition to the Lakedale Telephone base rate of $10.50 per month.

Wed
24
Jul

Maple Lake, Annandale consider joint water treatment plant

Maple Lake and Annandale already share high school wrestling and hockey teams, along with joint Community Education Services.  Now city government appears ready to follow the path blazed by the school districts as the two communities begin the exploration of a shared wastewater treatment facility.

On July 17, the Maple Lake and Annandale city councils met in a joint session at Maple Lake City Hall for a face-to-face informational session and discussion on the issues involved in the proposed joint venture.

Brad DeWolf, of the consulting engineers and land surveyors company of Bolton and Menk, Inc., led the two councils through a presentation of the proposed Annandale/Maple Lake Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Wed
10
Jul

Storm victims bring concerns to city hall

The frustration felt by residents over considerable damages to their homes from the June 24 rainstorm and the city’s response to their needs was the focus of the July 2 Maple Lake City Council meeting.

The council sped through the night’s agenda to provide residents with a forum to express their concerns over city sewer backups that resulted in an estimated amount of $371,825 in damages to city homes and businesses.

Mayor Mike Messina opened the session by noting that the city engineer has been consulted about the performance of the lift stations in the city’s sanitary sewer system. “I want everyone to know that we’re going to work with our engineering firm and come to a solution if possible,” he said, setting a time frame of August or September for presentation of data and information. But he also noted it would not be possible to build a sewer system big enough to protect residents from record-breaking storms.

Wed
03
Jul
Wed
03
Jul

Fire Report

Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department responded to emergency calls as follows during the past week:

June 25: Fire alarm at Albion Township Hall, 9020 30th St. NW. Investigation conducted with nothing found. Sixteen firemen responded to the 1:13 p.m. page.    June 30: Gas alarm at Jason Sorenson residence, 4406 Fillmore Ave. NW, Ramsey Lake Heights. Investigated with gas detector with negative results. Nine firemen responded to the 12:53 a.m. page.

June 30: Mutual aid to Waverly for sandbagging along north shore of Waverly Lake. Seven firemen responded to the 11:00 a.m. page.

Ambulance and rescue responses during the same period were as follows:  June 28: Mutual aid to Annandale at 9:21 a.m. for patient taken to Buffalo Hospital.

Wed
03
Jul

Rainstorm damage is widespread in Maple Lake

A little water never hurt anybody.  A lot of water can be devastating.

Last week’s rainstorm caused such devastation, primarily in the southern portion of Wright County. But the reported rainfall totals of up to 8 inches that fell in and around Maple Lake flooded basements, washed out roads, destroyed crops and even caused landslides of dangerous proportions.

The Curt and Catherine Nordlie home at 720 Fourth Street West in Maple Lake was the site of an intense effort on the part of city maintenance staff and firefighters during the June 24 storm to save the home from a sewage backup caused when the huge amount of water flooded sewer lift stations.

Wed
26
Jun

Rain, rain go away!

While Arizona burns, Minnesota is drowning.  The rainstorm that hit Central Minnesota on Monday evening was just the latest in a string of June downpours that have caused extensive damage in communities all across the state.

The National Weather service reported rainfalls of 5.50 inches in Delano, 4.78 in Buffalo, and Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke said the city’s gauge with a 6-inch capacity was overflowing.

In Maple Lake, dry basements were a rarity, but the situation could have been much worse. City maintenance crews worked through the night with assistance from the Maple Lake Fire Department to pump water out of flooded lift stations in an effort to keep sewage from backing up into basements.

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