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Council sells $610,000 bonds to fund three projects

The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, June 19, accepted an offer on the sale of $610,000 General Obligation Abatement Bonds for improvements to Nisswa Park and the Nisswa Community Center and to build a public restroom/chamber welcome center building.

The council also awarded the bid for the public restroom/chamber building to be constructed where the current building stands next to the Paul Bunyan Trail downtown.

The $343,384 bid was awarded to the low bidder, Country Pride Construction of Stanchfield.

Construction will start around July 8.

Highway 371/Clark Lake Road

After several months of discussion with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the council learned MnDOT still plans to close the median crossover at Highway 371 and Clark Lake Road.

A gravel surfaced crossover will be built 200 feet south of the existing crossover for maintenance and/or emergency vehicle use.

The council and Clark Lake Road residents had expressed concern over the time it would take for emergency vehicles to reach Clark Lake Road residences if the median crossover was closed.

The council agreed to write a letter to MnDOT accepting that decision, but making it known the council disagreed with it.

In other business June 19, the council:

• Appointed Maggi Wentler as deputy clerk.

• Amended a chapter of the land use ordinance to allow breweries/taprooms with a conditional use permit in the Highway Business and Central Business District of Nisswa. There is still confusion over whether such a business would be required to sell food because the city has municipal liquor operations.

• Approved a Pheasants Forever raffle request for Sept. 15 at the Nisswa American Legion.

• Rezoned ETOC, Seep, Smith and McCartan parcels from Shoreland Residential to Commercial Waterfront.