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Pine River: Council pursues grant for dam study - Preliminary levy remains flat

The Pine River City Council decided Tuesday, Sept. 12, to pursue a matching dam safety grant to pay for design work for the Pine River Dam replacement project.

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The Pine River City Council decided Tuesday, Sept. 12, to pursue a matching dam safety grant to pay for design work for the Pine River Dam replacement project.

Work leading up to the project will also include review of a rock riffle feasibility study using new research by the Department of Natural Resources. Design work will also estimate any impact dam design could have on nearby properties.

Preliminary levy

The council agreed not to change the city's general tax levy from this year's number. Mayor Tamara Hansen said the levy increase last year to $478,008 (an 8.22 percent increase over 2016) was done with a goal that the next levy would not increase.

In other business, the council:

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• Learned Roger's Two-Way decided to remove radio equipment from the city's water tower after the city requested a fee for use of the tower.

• Learned the city's emergency tornado siren is working again.

• Talked about limiting camping at Forbes Park to two-week maximum time periods.

• Began discussing a sewer district rate increase. Research on the fees resulted in a recommendation for an increase of $7 per month; however, the sewer district is more likely considering a $2 increase per month.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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