June 21, 2021

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Homeowner refuses to clean up his property

Elbow Lake residents Tyler and Ashley Halverson and David Hansen expressed frustration that nothing has been done to clean up property owned by their neighbor, Brian Nelson, on Elbow Lake’s southeast side. 

“He’s gotten another goat and another dog,” said Tyler, adding that the couple has three little boys and they are concerned for their safety.

Neighbor David Hansen  said the property smells like  a barn and something needs to be done.

Grant County Sheriff Mark Haberer, who attended the Zoom meeting last Monday evening, said everything has been done that can be done.

“There are hundreds of pages of documentation that have been sent to the judge, and they just sit there on the third floor of the courthouse.”

Haberer said Nelson’s Fourth Amendment rights pretty much allow him, once he owns a property, to keep city officals off of it.

The Fourth Amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The Sheriff admitted he was worried about a young girl, reportedly living on the property, and said a 90 day waiting period imposed by the judge, in the case, will be expiring soon.

Mayor Hengel said that at that point, County Attorney Justin Anderson could apply for an arrest warrant, but then the county has to have some place to put Mr. Nelson.

          Award bids for 

     water treatment plant

The council passed a motion to award bids totalling $4,610,000 to Eagle Construction of Little Falls for the new water treatment plant to be built south of the City Maintenance garage. Construction will begin as soon as contracts are signed and weather permits.

   Other Business

The city agreed to hire a contractor to rebuild the picnic shelter at Kube Park on the west side of Elbow Lake. Farmers Co-op Grain has agreed to pay for the shelter, which was removed to build a truck turnaround for the elevator.

Elbow Lake Fire Chief Nathan Porter reported that the fire department responded to four medical calls, one grass fire, and one structure fire in the month of April.

“We also received our new turnout gear and it is in service,” he added.

Council member and Economic Development committee member Tom Grout reported that the former drive-in site is being purchased and a new car wash will be built there this summer.

Thorson Memorial Library Director Lucy Anderson reported that circulation is up 400 percent from the same time last year, and they are letting more patrons into the library at one time, as long as they do not object.

City Clerk Jeff Holsen reported that Service Master will be touring the Community Building on Tuesday to review what needs to be done in order to open the building to the public in June.

The council agreed to grant Tipsinah Mounds Campground manager Miah Ulrich’s request to install a basketball court over an old swimming pool site at the campground.

“We need something for the older kids to do,” he said.

Then, next summer, the campground may install a Pickleball court.

The council agreed to raise water and sewer rates by $5 to the base rate and $0.50 per 1,000 gallons to the usage rate. The city uses around 29 million gallons of water per year and this would go into effect in January of 2022.