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Ottertail bike path nears completion

After years of planning, the Ottertail walking and biking path will be finished this year and ready for use in the spring.

"The paving and concrete work are done," Chris McConn, Interstate Engineering, reported at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. "They're working on erosion control right now."

As of the council meeting, McConn said there was still some work that needed to be done before the path would be officially complete. Signage for the path will be put up soon.

"To the best of my knowledge, the cost is going to come in at approximately the contract amount," he reported.

The council passed a motion to pay the city's share, just over $60,000, of the pay request for the bike path. It was also mentioned that Hamline University will be sending the city a slight refund for the excavating work they did after Native American remains were discovered in a burial mound off of the path.

Motions and resolutions

David Wheeler with Northland Securities provided members of the council with some quick details on a bonding issue. The council approved the adoption of a resolution providing issuance and sale of $940,000 GO Water Revenue Bonds. The new bond will mature in 2039.

"We were able to save $284,000," Wheeler reported.

A motion was approved to enact a code of ordinance for the city of Ottertail. The city will continue to work on the code and tweak it as needed.

Another motion was approved to adopt the Sewer Inspection and Management Ordinance.

"Once the ordinance is in place, then the city can hire a sewer inspector to go around town and check for noncompliance," said Ottertail City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson. She estimated that city staff would probably check one third of the city each year.

"We've talked about doing this for so long. It's nice to see it taking place," commented councilor Don Patrick.

The city also passed a resolution acknowledging a donation of $612.48 from the Ottertail Lions Club for otter statue electrical and repair work.