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Ostrander City Council organizes community meeting

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

When the Ostrander City Council heard from Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, in regards to the new sewer and water treatment center there was a lot to take in. So much that Deputy Mayor Pam Kunert suggested Bolton & Menk representatives visit with community members during a ‘town hall’ type session. Malm was open to this suggestion and it was agreed a meeting would occur in June, date yet to be determined.

The project, on track for 2015, is a big but necessary undertaking for the city. At a projected cost of just over $6 million, the council heard from Bolton & Menk as well as Laurie Balata, a representative from Rural Development. Balata explained rough numbers and projections, determining the city would be eligible for roughly $2.7 million in grant monies. These monies include a grant from Fillmore County in the amount of $1.5 million. It was also determined a loan could be secured for nearly all of the remaining costs for the exception of approximately $350,000. However, the city will most likely be eligible for other grant programs that would absorb the remainder of the project.

Rural Development recommended an increase in community bill costs, suggesting $55 per month for water and $55 per month for sewer. This would total a $110 monthly bill. Mayor Pat Nesler noted the suggested increase is $50 more than what citizens pay now. Balata recommended increases over time and Balm agreed to draw up an increase timeline for the council. The proposed increase gave Deputy Mayor Kunert the opportunity to again reiterate the importance of an educational meeting for the community.

The council also heard from Wolf’s Den owner, Lynn Dempewolf. Dempewolf asked the council for an outdoor dance permit as well as possible use of the community center and/or small park area next to her business. Dempewolf explained a fundraising effort was being arranged for the Larry Vreeman family. The hopes are to start a city park fund in honor of the late Larry Vreeman. Plans are already underway for an all day event on June 21 that would include children’s activities hosted by a local 4-H club, a bean bag tournament, a 5k, silent auction and other activities. The evening would host a parking lot dance at the Wolf’s Den. The council was on board and in agreement with event.

Uffda Days will be held the last weekend in July and the city of Ostrander is looking for volunteers to sit on the planning committee. If any citizens are interested, they are welcomed to contact City Clerk Chris Hyrkas.

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