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Blue Earth talks housing projects

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council continued to make decisions on several housing construction projects around the city.

The city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and APX Construction of Mankato both have projects underway in various locations in the city.

At their first meeting of 2021, held last Monday night, the City Council took action on several of the projects as well as heard an update on all of the construction work from city administrator Mary Kennedy.

The council had a second reading of an ordinance which would sell a large lot at the corner of 14th and Moore streets to APX Construction. Their plan is to build a large multi-family apartment complex on the site.

The council voted in favor of the ordinance, paving the way for the sale of the lot from the HRA to APX.

They also had the first reading of an ordinance which would sell two lots in the cul-de-sac area of the new Prairie View Subdivision to APX.

APX plans to build one duplex on the two lots. They had already previously purchased two lots on the cul-de-sac and a duplex is well underway on those lots. They also plan on purchasing the remaining two lots on the cul-de-sac for a third duplex.

Meanwhile, construction on three other multi-family residences to be owned by the Blue Earth EDA, but built by APX Construction, are well underway, administrator Kennedy said.

“The one on Blue Star Drive in the Prairie View Subdivision is basically done, just waiting for garage doors, counter tops and some other items,” Kennedy reported. “The one on Fourth Street is framed up with doors in and the one on Eighth and Rice has the foundation in and just waiting for the framers to get to work.”

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council:

— Swore in the mayor, Rick Scholtes, and three council members, Dan Warner, Glenn Gaylord and John Huisman, who were all re-elected in the November election.

— Heard an update on the recently completed in-the-city-limits deer hunt. Blue Earth police officer Tharen Haugh said 11 deer were harvested.

— Approved the mayor’s appointments to all the city’s boards and commissions, named the Faribault County Register as official newspaper, First Bank Blue Earth as official depository, and CarlsonSV as city auditor.

— Accepted a $5,000 donation to the city’s street fund from Randal Schreiner.

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