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City of Carlos signs lease agreement with Alexandria Public Schools for 5.98 acres of land

Land will be used to build a new fire hall.

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Members of the Carlos City Council, Carlos Township, Belle River Township, Carlos Fire Department and Alexandria Public Schools gathered together in celebration of a lease agreement between the city and school district. Those present included, front row from left, Ronna Berghoff, Donna Eveslage, Teresa Zweig, Dwayne Waldorf, Tim Sukke, Rick Sansted and Angie Krebs and back row from left, Todd Burgess, Chris Miller, Rod Meyers, Gerald Nelson, Colten Steidl and Alan Zeithamer. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

When groups of people work together for the greater good, good things can happen.

At least that is what Alexandria Public Schools Superintendent Rick Sansted said about the school district working with City of Carlos leaders, who in turn worked with the Carlos Fire Department and both Carlos and Belle River townships.

The school district and City of Carlos recently signed a lease for a 5.98 piece of property near the Carlos Elementary School that will soon be the home of a new fire hall for the Carlos Fire Department.

The school district owns the land, which is north of Viking Trail, east of County Road 9 NE/Douglas Avenue and south of the ballfield within the Carlos city limits.

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“We are grateful to the city and other entities and look forward to this partnership,” said Sansted. “We shared goals, listened to each other, met together several times and now this is a victory for all involved.”

Sansted said the school district had no long-time use for the property and that it was a win-win for the whole community.

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The land being leased by the City of Carlos, which is owned by Alexandria Public Schools, is north of Viking Trail, east of County Road 9 NE/Douglas Avenue and south of the ballfield within the city limits. Contributed photo

Alexandria School Board member Alan Zeithamer said the signed agreement was a long time coming and that conversations about this partnership goes back about 15 years. But he said that with changes on both sides, it just took time.

“We’re excited about this,” said Zeithamer. “The Carlos community has provided tremendous support for the school. They have supported the school in unbelievable fashion and we are very happy to be able to partner with them.”

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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