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Montevideo Council takes step forward with Hwy. 212 levee project

MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo City Council members on Monday approved the acquisition of a parcel alongside U.S. Highway 212 as part of the upcoming levee improvement project.

The parcel is among 40 separate properties the city is acquiring as part of the right of way needed for the levee improvement along Highway 212, according to City Manager Steve Jones.

He said the acquisition process is moving along and he is hopeful of seeing all the needed properties acquired soon.

That will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to let construction bids and allow for the levee construction yet this year.

In other business at the regular meeting Monday, council members gave their approval to a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to stock a retention pond behind the Tanglewood/Horizon Trails as a fishing pond for kids.

The small pond is about 8 feet deep and recent netting showed that it already contains some panfish and bullheads. The flow from storm water apparently prevents winter freeze-up.

Council members indicated they supported the proposal to improve the fishing opportunities for youth. A bicycle trail surrounds the pond, but the city will likely seek to develop an access site and fishing dock for the pond.

Also Monday, council members approved a $217,603 bid by GE Healthcare for the purchase of a mammography system for the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital.

Tom Cherveny

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

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