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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Permit approved for Willow River dam project


February 6, 2020

Councilor Vickie Whitehouse informed the Willow River City Council at their regular meeting on February 3, that the permit for the dam project was reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers and was approved. With the permit in place and the design plan 90% complete, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now just waiting to monitor the conditions in the spring before beginning the replacement project. Bids for the project will go out soon and the DNR will award a contract in May. An approximate start date is as of yet uncertain but work should commence this year.

The city approved the 3rd Annual PTO Color Run 5K which will follow the same course through Willow River as previous years, starting and ending in front of the school. The run averages between 180-220 participants with some 40-50 volunteers. The date of the race is set for May 9, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The council decided to continue to look into security system options for City Hall. They did receive a bid but wanted to research less expensive alternatives.

After discussing hydrant locks again, the council decided that the bids and type of locks needed to be reviewed by John Mikrot (Water and Sewer) and Fire Chief Gerard Bennett since they would be the ones dealing with the locks. They postponed any decision on ordering locks until the council could receive their input.

The project to repaint the water tower was tabled for the time being until John Mikrot could look into potential grants to help cover the costs. Councilor Sheldon Johnson stated they shouldn’t wait too long to make a decision, however, so they could still get the work done this year.

The council agreed to seek getting replacement flags with the Legion’s assistance.

The Askov American was approved as the city’s official legal newspaper.

A motion was passed to purchase a new mini fridge for City Hall.

The next regular meeting of the City Council is scheduled for March 2 at 7 p.m.


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