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NY Mills adopts five-year Capital Improvement Plan

The New York Mills City Council voted to adopt a five-year Capital Improvement Project plan at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.

All but one council member voted to move forward with a CIP plan created by Apex Engineering Group, Inc. Councilor Josh Hoaby abstained from the decision.

There was no discussion about the vote, which had been tabled at the November meeting.

The plan can be altered as needed, and is not binding. Instead, it is intended to be used as a guide when considering when projects should be done.

Apex proposed that the city consider six projects between the years of 2015 and 2018. Two projects each would be slated for 2016 and 2018.

In October, Apex representatives Jon Olson and Bob Schlieman said most of the projects are intended to update older utilities that have been used beyond their “useful life” and have required repairs.

The estimated price tag for all of the improvement projects is $4.2 million, some of which could potentially be covered by grants or funding other than taxes.

Apex representatives cautioned the council about deadlines for grants, which will be coming up in the spring.

Also at the meeting:

-It was revealed that Otter Tail County Commissioners would likely be approving a 4-way stop sign for the County Highway 84 and Walker Avenue intersection. More information is expected to come from the county.

-Received a letter from City Attorney Dennis Happel requesting to be considered for the position again in 2014. No other submissions for the position were mentioned.

-The council discussed the city office’s computers, which will be upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 in January.