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By Melanie Bess-Haight PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:36 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regular May 12 meeting, the Crystal Falls City Council addressed two visiting groups in attendance—the Crystal Falls Contemporary Center and the Forest Park Schools.
The Contemporary Center discussed a possible relocation of the center. It wants to move out of the building on Superior Avenue and into a space at the Forest Park school building, where it can be closer to its target audience and work hand-in-hand with the school.
“We are working very hard to keep our building open and fundraising just to maintain our building,” explained Board President Jennifer Ketola, “yet because of that we cannot focus on our programming and our mission,”
The City Council discussed allowing the Contemporary Center to continue occupying the building while the city explores other possible uses for it.
After addressing the center, the city council spoke with Becky Waters, Forest Park school superintendent. 
Six years ago, Forest Park closed off rooms on the east end of the building in order to save funding.  Recently, Forest Park has been exploring the option of renting space to local businesses in order to maintain this unused portion of the building.  
However, City Manager Dorothea Olson notified Forest Park that the school is not zoned for commercial use at this time. Waters asked the council to consider rezoning the school to a mixed-use zone. 
“Any businesses that come in will need to be a proper fit for us as a school,” Waters said.
Olson suggested that the city look at rezoning to a mixed-use and to allow businesses in on special use permits.
A motion was carried to set a public hearing on June 9 to discuss this proposal.
In other business, the council discussed the track-and-field complex on city property proposed by Forest Park. Olson questioned whose responsibility the maintenance of the field would be, and therefore suggested that the city gift the four acres of
land needed to Forest Park so that the school would be in charge of maintenance and grant writing for the project.
The council scheduled a public hearing for June 9 so that the land may be gifted.
In other business the City Council also:
--Set City Clean Up day for May 31 at the Bristol Mine property from 7 a.m. to noon.
--Announced the water let-run order ended on May 15, and the city will again bill for actual use starting June 1.
--Scrap Tire Clean Up Day will be held June 7.