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Where should Osakis clock go?

The historic-looking clock in Osakis used to stand near Central Avenue and Loon Street by the Central Lakes Trail. The city is looking into moving it to the trail bump-out on the east side of Central Avenue. (Osakis Review file photo)

One item left on the Osakis 2016 Downtown Project has not been accomplished, and citizens are pushing for action. That is the relocation of the decorative four-sided clock in the downtown area near the Central Lakes Trailhead.

The Osakis City Council at its Monday, Oct. 2 regular meeting, heard discussion about the fate of the clock, which had been removed at the start of the Downtown Project, but has not been replaced.

Dave Laven, son of Ralph Laven, who spearheaded the clock project, spoke to the council. He has been answering phone calls about where the clock is, and when it will be restored to the downtown.

City engineer Sheila Krohse told the council that the clock is in storage. Funds of $1,500 were included in the original contract with C&L Excavating for the removal, storage and reinstallation of the clock.

The original plan was to install the clock in the bump-out at the northwest corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. However, it was decided that it was not a good location because of big trucks coming through, and it was removed from the original plan.

Thus, the bump-out was finished, but no foundation was laid for the clock relocation. That means, if it were to be put there, concrete would have to be removed to put the foundation in.

"It would cost more money if they come back to do it," Krohse said.

Councilman Justin Dahlheimer said the Osakis Chamber is considering putting the bike repair station at the clock location.

Krohse recommended that a better place for the clock would be by the trail bump-out on the east side of Central Avenue. She agreed to pursue the subject with C&L Excavating.

A final assessment hearing on the 2016 project needs to be held in order to put the assessments on the 2018 tax role.

2017 project

The 2017 Improvement Project is incomplete, according to Engineer Krohse. Completion date was contracted for Oct. 1. As of Oct. 2, First Avenue East was ready to pave, with electrical completion and work behind the curbs to follow.

"We will be pursuing liquidated damages of $1,000 per day on this," Krohse told the council.

She submitted bills from Bolton and Menk of $16,269.50 for the 2017 Project; $16,860 for the DNR parking lot engineering costs; and Riley Brothers pay application number five for $294,746.71.

Wastewater project

A bill for Flaherty Hood PA, of $978.75 for representing the City of Osakis in its dealings with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regarding the permit renewal and modification of the application for a pollutant trading proposal, was approved for payment at the Oct. 2 Osakis City Council meeting.

The city and MPCA have been negotiating on the phosphorus load allowed in the Faille Lake and Clifford Wetlands areas for several years.

The latest update requests an exclusion for liquid manure phosphorus load to the lake that is not controlled by the City of Osakis, but instead runoff from the adjacent cattle pastures.

"The total phosphorus offsets at Faille Lake represent the reduction in phosphorus load directly entering the lake that can be credited to the City of Osakis," the report reads. "The allowable credit to the city is scaled up from this offset to account for losses of phosphorus that occur as the effluent from the wastewater treatment facility is transported through the Clifford and intermediate wetlands to Faille Lake."

To reduce the remaining effluent load, the report says, cattle were removed.