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Crosslake to assess 45 property owners for portion of Dream Island Bridge replacement

Web posted October 10, 2017
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The Crosslake City Council adopted a resolution to assess 45 property owners for a small percentage of the cost of replacing the Dream Island Bridge at a Final Assessment Hearing held Wednesday, October 4 at City Hall. The group of property owners will pay about six percent of the $733,832.25 project. Each property owner will be assessed $1,043.39 or about 14 one-hundredths of one percent of the cost of the project.

The state’s Local Bridge Replacement Fund will pay for $639,927.05 of the tab while the city funded $10,000 in engineering costs and $10,000 in construction costs leaving a balance of $93,905.20. Half of that amount will be paid by the city and half will be assessed to the 45 property owners receiving the most benefit from the improvement. Thirty-seven live on Dream Island and the other eight live nearby.

Dave Reese of Widseth, Smith and Nolting, the engineering firm for the project, explained the history of the project and presented a breakdown of the costs. He also explained how the assessment process works.

Three residents spoke at the public hearing. One wondered if the assessment was negotiable. He was told by City Attorney Brad Person that the $1,043.39 in the assessment letter he received would be the most he would have to pay unless the entire process was started over. A second citizen said she wished the bridge had been much longer and would have been willing to pay a larger assessment to see a larger bridge. A third was concerned that there would be insufficient water flow with the design of the bridge. He was reminded by Person that the only purpose of the hearing was to discuss the assessments and that meetings to discuss the design had already been held.

The assessments are payable over five years at an interest rate of four percent making the annual payment $235.84. Councilman Gary Heacox led the meeting as Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Patty Norgaard.

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