The Pine River City Council has agreed to sell a stretch of property on the south end of the dam to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for MnDOT's 2021 bridge replacement project.

MnDOT's plans will shift the bridge alignment to the south to make passage across the bridge easier for vehicles with long trailers. This shift in alignment will move the highway bridge into a position where it will take space currently occupied by the lower dam's fishing pier, park space and steps leading down to the pier, both of which are currently city property.

This agreement does not affect the dam park on the up river side of the dam or the concrete step seating and diving platform.

During the council's Tuesday, March 10, regular meeting, council members agreed to MnDOT's offered purchase price of $22,500 after a very brief discussion of the city's negotiation options. If the council wanted to pursue a higher price, it would need to get a property valuation.

Before the council approved the sale, Public Works Director Mike Hansen recommended the council correct the date on the purchase agreement, as it had originally indicated the project would begin in 2020. Instead, the project start date was been moved to 2021. The council agreed to the purchase agreement, pending correction to the project start date.

In other business March 10, the council:

  • Amended Title V public works, chapter 50, section 50.20 to define water meters and transmitters as city property.
  • Amended two additional ordinances to align them with a February ordinance change regarding weed removal and lawn height.
  • Approved purchase of a new mower from AAA Equipment Center in Jenkins.
  • Scheduled a 5:45 p.m. April 14 public hearing to discuss rezoning a property for Beaudry Oil and Propane.