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City moves forward on Pelican RV park

The proposed River Hills RV Park is one step closer to reality.

The Detroit Lakes City Council approved the first reading of a request to rezone the property from R-A, agriculture-residential, to R-2, one and two family residential.

The second reading will be heard at a special council meeting April 11 at 5 p.m. in city hall.

The council also approved the first reading of annexing 35.73 acres into the city, located near Willow Springs.

The property, developed by Don Lefebvre, extends to Highway 59 and will abut the former Ray J. Anderson property.

The city can eventually annex the Anderson property into the city after this annexation is complete. A second reading will be held at the next council meeting.

The council also agreed to:

n Transfer the liquor license for The Becker to Tarisa Bloom, beginning April 15.

n Grant the county a parking waiver from 130 parking spaces to 100 spaces for the addition onto the courthouse.

A majority of the aldermen said this vote was not necessarily tying them to a "yes" vote for the proposed parking ramp, it was to simply move the project forward.

n Accept the Pavilion Restoration Committee's request for changes to the restoration contract, including funding.

Upgrades on the Pavilion's original bid would be about $61,321 and include a handicap chair lift for the stage and some tables and chairs for the facility.

n Approve a license to operate vehicles for hire as D.L. Taxi to Robert Fairbanks.

n Approve a request from Speedway to amend the business' liquor license to include a 37-foot by 44-foot patio.

n Approve the first reading of an ordinance amendment brought forth by the mayor to change city council meetings from the first Tuesday of each month to the second Tuesday of each month. With the second reading scheduled for the May council meeting, the date change will go into effect for the July meeting.

Mayor Larry Buboltz said the change would only affect council meetings held during the primary election, basically every other year.

With the current first Tuesday of each month, council meetings are affected May, September and November because council meetings must be over by 5 p.m. on voting nights.