Three state legislators announced Wednesday that they will hold a town hall meeting in Osakis next week involving the expensive cleanup of the Judicial Ditch 2 sediment ponds that are designed to clean Lake Osakis.
In 2019, the Sauk River Watershed District Board approved a 10-year assessment to pay for the removal of sediment from last winter, along with future maintenance and inspection costs.
A Nov. 19 meeting in Osakis held by the district attracted approximately 150 people, including state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, who spoke out against the district’s actions.
Franson will be joined at the town hall by Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, and Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa.
In a joint statement regarding the town hall meeting, the legislators said they have heard from many constituents who are upset about the taxes levied by the watershed district board, and want to hear ideas from constituents. “We hope to bring reasonable solutions to the legislature that everyone can support. The people deserve a say in how they are taxed,” the statement read.
The town hall meeting will be at the Osakis Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m.