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Letter to the Editor: Concerns about relocating Nisswa recycling center

Residents urged to attend a public hearing on this issue at 5 p.m. April 27 at Nisswa City Hall

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Residents of Nisswa and surrounding areas: Did you know the city of Nisswa is proposing to move household recycling and garbage drop-off from its downtown location to a more remote location at the city-owned gravel pit property off Lower Roy Lake Road?

A map of the proposed design is posted at Nisswa City Hall for public review. A public hearing will be held by the Nisswa Public Works Committee on April 27 at 5 p.m. at city hall to hear public comments about the proposed plan.

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As a resident of Nisswa who lives along Lower Roy Lake Road, I have concerns about the proposed move. While Nisswa residents previously expressed strong support for continued recycling services, a new location for recycling and its impact on residents is a different issue.

I believe the proposed move will increase traffic on Hazelwood Drive and Lower Roy Lake Road; these are two of the busiest residential streets in Nisswa. Heavy summer bicycle and pedestrian traffic, severely restricted sight lines, excessive speed, allowable golf cart use and new residential construction already pose serious safety concerns on these streets.

Other questions to consider: Have other options for relocation been considered? If moved from the downtown location, how will that affect downtown merchants and/or services for residents and visitors who support the community and local economy? What are the tax ramifications?

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If you are concerned or want more information, attend the public hearing April 27, 5 p.m., at Nisswa City Hall. Stop by city hall to review the proposed site map. Send written comments to city hall before April 27 or email tblomer@ci.nisswa.mn.us. Let your voice be heard!

Paula West,

Nisswa

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