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Granite Falls, Minn., City Council certifies $2.4M-plus in sewer improvements

GRANITE FALLS -- City Council members in Granite Falls have certified the final assessments for more than $2.4 million in sanitary sewer improvements.

Council members at their meeting Monday certified assessments totaling $258,492.30 to property owners as their share of the costs. The assessments are lower than earlier estimates due to competitive bids for the project.

Quam Construction of Willmar was the primary contractor for the project. High water conditions earlier in the summer prevented the work from getting under way in the order planned, but the contractor was able to take advantage of dry weather in the latter part of the construction season, said City Manager Bill Lavin.

In other matters, council members discussed a preliminary report prepared for the Legislature by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on the Minnesota Falls dam.

Representatives of a joint powers board, comprised of the city and Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties, met Dec. 1 with Skip Wright and Jason Boyle of the Minnesota DNR to discuss the report.

The report indicates that the dam would have to be repaired to address safety concerns, and notes that the public entities would have perpetual responsibility for its maintenance if they accept ownership.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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