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Council receives update on abatement bond projects

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The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, received updates on projects funded with $610,000 in General Obligation Abatement Bonds that were issued earlier this year.

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• $343,584 is funding a new public restrooms/chamber building where the former building stood on the Paul Bunyan Trail. The building should be ready for occupancy by the end of October or early November.

• $119,857 is funding improvements to Nisswa Park, which are about half complete. Improvements include: repair backstop fencing on both fields, replace counters in restrooms with new faucets that are the metering style, re-work dugouts on a field with blocks to be donated, new cement pad for shed, storage bunker for infield material, replace overhead door on small garage, replace hockey rink lights with energy efficient lighting, upgrade electric motor and switches for the cooling equipment, install power to both scoreboards, new hose and nozzle for rink flooding, pleasure skating rink east of the hockey rink, sprinkler system throughout the park, white pines and a new garage.

• $110,183 is funding improvements to the Nisswa Community Center, which are about half complete. Improvements include: furniture and fixtures, replace kitchen flooring, replace carpeting, fix hump in floor between the two additions, refurbish exterior doors (weather stripping), new urinal flush valves, replace roofing with metal, sprinkler system on lawn, replace existing light fixtures with energy efficient fixtures, metal roll up covering and storage room.

Also, the Highway 371 project is scheduled to be complete by early November.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the Clark Lake Road/Highway 371 intersection. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) had planned to close the median crossover at that intersection for safety reasons. Residents raised concerns about southbound emergency vehicles reaching them in a timely way.

After about a year of back and forth discussions, state Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, got involved recently and MnDOT now will leave that crossover open for southbound vehicles. There will be no way to turn south onto Highway 371 from Clark Lake Road.

However, Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman said MnDOT indicated it wanted that to be a whole new project next year. The city wants it part of the Highway 371/County Road 18 project for funding reasons.

Temporary left turn lanes will be put in this fall, and the project will be finished next spring.

Public safety

Police reported 176 calls for service, 64 traffic warnings, 24 agency assists, 19 medicals, 10 traffic citations, 10 alarms and two arrests.

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