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DL council to hold special session on police facilities, Boys & Girls Club lease

The Detroit Lakes City Council is planning a special "work session" next Tuesday, June 19, to discuss future plans for the city's police department facilities.

The council has been trying to decide whether to relocate or renovate the current police department facilities at 106 Holmes St. for a couple of years now, and has looked at a variety of options, including taking over the Becker County Sheriff's Department facilities in the county courthouse when the sheriff's department relocates to the new jail facility on Tower Road.

A local option sales tax to fund construction of a new building has also been considered.

Also on the agenda for the 4 p.m. session next Tuesday is consideration to a request from the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes to make modifications to its lease on a portion of the city-owned Lyle Crovisier Park, which has housed the club for more than 60 years.

Earlier this spring, the club broke ground on a new, $6.5 million facility to replace the existing club, which has been in continuous use since the organization first opened its doors to local youth in 1967. The club has temporarily relocated its operations to other buildings in the community until completion of the project, which is slated for next year.

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Pat Petermann appeared before the city's Public Works Committee on Monday to discuss the club's request, which includes some modifications to its existing lease on the property which would allow them to move forward with a 7-year, $1.2 million forgivable loan for the construction project.

The loan is being offered to the club through a New Market Tax Credit program administered by Bremer Bank. Certain provisions of the NMTC program require, however, that the Boys & Girls Club extend its lease on the property to 50 years; the current lease term is for 30 years.

At its regular June meeting, which was held Tuesday, the city council opted to defer approval of the Boys & Girls Club request until next week's special work session.

Also at this Tuesday night's regular meeting, the council approved the city's audited 2017 financial statement, which was presented by Tracee Bruggeman of Brady Martz & Associates.

According to Bruggeman, the audit showed that the city had a positive general fund balance of $4,894,000, which was a $292,000 increase over the previous year. The city's financial statement also received an "unmodified opinion" from the auditing firm, Bruggeman said, which means that there were "no instances of non-compliance" with government accounting practices.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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