Ways & Means Committee meets after city council Monday evening

    On the heels of a public forum last Thursday that attracted around 70 critics of the proposal, the Crookston City Council Monday evening will discuss the "next steps" involving the proposal to put an RV park in Castle Park.   

    The council meets at 7 p.m. at city hall. On the agenda for the council's Ways & Means Committee that will follow is a "follow-up" discussion in the wake of last week's meetings and debate on the subject, City Administrator Shannon Stassen told the Times.   

    A private developer, Jeremy Jennen of Hillsboro, N.D., is looking to invest up to $1 million to put an RV park/campground on around 2.5 acres of the 20-acre Castle Park, located in Sampson's Addition. The project would also involve the sale of around 3 acres of private land along College Avenue. Jennen would like to have around 40 RV slots that would be occupied in September and October by seasonal workers recruited by American Crystal Sugar who would work during the annual sugar beet harvest. During the summer, city officials say, the primary purpose of the RV park/campground would be to attract tourists to Crookston.   

    At last Thursday's forum, amid the enthusiastic opposition, at least a couple council members seemed to suggest that other site options might need to be explored.