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Wohnoutka urges Spicer citizens to get on board the Lake Avenue South project

SPICER -- Mayor Perry Wohnoutka said Wednesday that the city of Spicer needs to talk to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners during its Tuesday meeting about Spicer's Lake Avenue South project.

At the beginning of Wednesday's council meeting, Wohnoutka urged Spicer's citizens to attend the 10 a.m. board meeting because it could lead to more public aid approved for Spicer's Lake Avenue South project this summer.

"It would be nice if people from Spicer would show up," Wohnoutka said, especially those whose properties are included in the project. "All the support we can get the better."

According to a previous Tribune report, Wohnoutka appeared at the May 6 commissioners' meeting and asked the county to review its public works policy on sharing the project's costs.

The roadway is also known as Kandiyohi County Ro-ad 10.

The project includes about one mile of the lake-side roadway that runs on the south side of Green Lake. The work, estimated at $3.6 million, will include water and sewer improvements, roadway reconstruction and drainage development.

Spicer is working with Kandiyohi County, the Department of Natural Resources and the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed to address water quality issues related to the construction project. Spicer and Kandiyohi County are the main financers of the construction.

During the May 6 board meeting, Gary Danielson, county public works director, said Kandiyohi County will pay about 50 percent of the cost, but its policy requires Spicer to pay for storm water components.

Wohnoutka said in previous city meetings that more state aid could be available if the policy was changed. With the chance for additional funds, the city's financial burden of protecting Green Lake's water quality could decrease along with the financial burden on the property owners located in the construction zone.

In other business:

The council approved the city Design Committee's downtown park pavilion/shelter project. The completed shelter will measure 30 feet by 40 feet, be located on the southwest corner of the park and $24,000 will cover materials for its construction.

The council also approved to advertise for bids for repair work on Spicer's Dethlef Center. Council members agreed something needed to be done to improve the center's deteriorating condition.