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No city funds for Nisswa Lake Park

I was surprised when I read the minutes of the Feb. 19 Nisswa council meeting in the PineandLakes Echo Journal. It said the city is going to resubmit a grant request to the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership for Nisswa Lake Park planning and design. The city would supply a match depending on how much was received in the grant. The city has budgeted $10,000.

On Sept. 16, 2009, the following letter was presented to the Nisswa City Council:

“As past Mayors and Councilmen, we have been following the Nisswa Lake Park project, with a positive attitude; however, with the economy what it is today and the main source of income for the city being real estate taxes, our experience tells us to be opposed to any more revenue bonds. We would like the city council to go on record and have it in the minutes of this meeting that the council will not tax or bond in order to fund the Nisswa Lake Park project, as previously promised by the Mayor.”

This letter was signed by former Nisswa mayors and council members. We were assured at that meeting that the city of Nisswa would not be indemnified by this park project. Funding would be handled by private donations.

According to the minutes of the Oct. 21, 2009, city council meeting, the motion was made that all funding for this project be the responsibility of the Friends of the Nisswa Lake Park and no further funds of the city be committed to this project, including purchase or development of this project. Voting was 3-1, motion carried.

If you Nisswa residents agree, please let the current council know your sentiments either in person or at the next council meeting public forum at 7 p.m. March 19.

Joe Lanz,


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