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Ottertail City Hall to close early Fridays

The Ottertail city offices will soon close at noon on Fridays.

Citing little activity during Friday afternoons, and increased early morning visitors, city staff proposed the idea of altering the city hall schedule at a May 7 city council meeting.

"There are a lot more people coming in at 7:30," city clerk Linda Bjelland said of the morning rush.

Bjelland also noted that the city of Perham has, for years, closed at noon on Fridays.

New office hours, as approved by the Ottertail City Council, will now be Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon. The change will take effect June 1.

Another change at the new location of the city offices is an "Ottertail City Hall" sign created by JH Signs of Perham. The sign replaces the former 1st National Bank sign, and gives the new city hall site some increased visibility on the highway.

A gift of flowers

A perennial flower bed is being planned and planted for the city of Ottertail, free of charge. Cheryl Burmeister, who took part in recent Master Gardener classes in Perham, has volunteered her time and money to create a raised flower bed at Ottertail City Hall.

The city council expressed gratitude for Burmeister's willingness to help beautify the city. The council was provided with a map detailing where the plants will be placed.

Plants that Burmeister will donate for the raised bed include yarrow, aster, bellflower, false sunflower, hen & chicks, iris, loosestrife, stonecrop, and spiderwort. The variety of plants will bloom at various times throughout the year, and are virtually care free.

According to Burmeister's proposal, self-watering containers will be installed to supplement day-to-day watering. The height and width of the plants will not meet maturity this season, as they are transplants, but select annuals can be incorporated until the bed reaches its expected fullness.

Meetings, clean-up days set

The city of Ottertail will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19 to discuss the new Shoreland Ordinance adopted by Otter Tail County and proposed revisions to the city's existing Shoreland Ordinance. The meeting will be held at the Ottertail Community Center at 6 p.m.

The city council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the new city hall chambers, located in the former 1st National Bank building on Highway 78.

Clean-up days for the city of Ottertail have also been set--June 5 and 6, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hazardous clean-up will be held only on June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p