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Pine River: City receives maintenance update

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Public Works Director Mike Hansen gave the Pine River City Council a run-down of upcoming projects for the spring and summer during the Tuesday, April 9, city council meeting.

Reacting to questions about work near the dam on the Pine River, Hansen said soil borings are being taken from near the dam and bridge to determine what is needed to construct piers and abutments when the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins constructing a new bridge.

MnDOT is acting completely separate from the city on the bridge project, but Hansen was keeping the council informed.

Hansen said planning for a proposed 2020 street project is starting. The project is a continuation of a revolving five-year street repair cycle the city adopted before 2015 street repairs in an attempt to keep the city streets in better condition perpetually.

Engineer Bryan Drown presented on projects, informing the council that Viking Industrial plans to begin working on the water tower two within the city. The tower will be drained, followed by interior and exterior repair work, sand blasting and painting. Repair to the well house will start at the end of May.

After all work is done on tower two, tower one will undergo maintenance, though to a much lesser degree than tower two.

In other business April 9, the council:

• Set a public hearing for an ordinance amendment for C-1 commercial district zoning restrictions, to allow installation of a commercial kitchen, at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

• Accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Jason Trout and approved his successor, Kraig King.

• Approved new fire contracts between the fire department and local townships. The department redid its contracts to resemble other local departments more closely.

• Accepted the resignation and began searching for a successor for Randolf Larson, one of the city's Pine River Area Sewer District board members.

• Approved an 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, reservation of Forbes Park for the annual community Easter egg hunt.

• Renewed the city's gas franchise agreement with an added 3% fee.