Garfield Creamery Apartments Update

290The Garfield Creamery Apartment project is complete and units are now available for rent.  The Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) recently completed rehabilitating and restoring the 1920 creamery, which has been vacant since the early 1980’s, into six two-bedroom apartments.  This is Garfield’s first multi-family housing project ever.

The HRA had a very successful and well-attended open house on Tuesday, January 28, 2003.

For rental information, contact the Douglas County HRA at 320-762-3849.

The Creamery is located at 210 Sanstead Street East.


City Applies to DNR for Grant to Build a Trailhead Along the Central Lakes Trail

The City of Garfield submitted a Federal Recreational Trail Program (FRTP) grant application to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on February 28.  The grant request is for building a trailhead facility along the Central Lakes Trail within the city limits of Garfield.  The trailhead proposal is for a graveled parking area for persons accessing the trail, including snowmobile riders who need a place to unload their sleds.  In addition, there would be an open shelter for picnic tables, a portable unisex bathroom facility that would be available during the summer, signage to let people know where they are along the trail, and trees, shrubs and other plantings to make the facility attractive.

The proposed trailhead would be located north of County Road 82, east of County Road 12 and south of the trail.  This is located on the Mn/DOT trail right-of-way, so the city does not own the land, but would have an agreement with Mn/DOT to use the property for the trailhead.  The total project cost is estimated at $16,590 and the city is requesting a 50% federal grant from the FRTP.  The city needs to come up with the other 50%, and is planning to submit a grant request to the Bikes Belong Coalition for the required match.  In addition, the city has received support from The Douglas County Public Works, the Alexandria Rotary Club (which would provide labor and materials for planting the vegetation) and the Bike Shop.

If the city receives the grants, the project would be constructed during the summer of 2004.


2001 Population Estimate shows Garfield is growing

The Minnesota State Demographic Center, the state’s agency that provides population estimates and projections for counties, cities and townships, sent the City of Garfield a letter with the 2001 population estimate.  The estimate for 2001 is 286, five more people than the 2000 Census.

Garfield continues to grow!


Amendment made to city ordinance regarding water and sewer billing

The Garfield City Council passed a resolution at its regular December 2001 council meeting to amend the ordinance regarding water and sewer billing.  The amendment was made as a result of several businesses and residents getting behind in paying their water and sewer bills.  The amended ordinance follows:

If the water and sewer charges are not paid in full by the following month, e.g., charges for January must be paid by March 25, the water will be shut off.  To have the water reconnected, the individual or business will need to pay the charges for the services, a $10.00 reconnect fee, and a $100.00 deposit.  This $100.00 deposit will be returned to the individual or business after one (1) year of on time payments, i.e., if the bill is due on the 25th of the month the payment must be made on or before the 25th of the month.

There will be no exceptions made on this resolution.