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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:00 am

The Onamia City Council passed a resolution Jan. 12 to hire Bonestroo engineering firm to prepare plans and specifications to fix problems associated with the Nexus project.

That doesn’t mean the city will pay for the repairs.


The resolution alleges that construction crews installing water and sewer lines cut down trees on private property, violating the terms of the city’s agreement with Nexus.

The property owner, Bill Konze, has initiated legal action against the city.

Contractors were working under the direction and supervision of Widseth, Smith & Nolting engineers.

The city sent Nexus a Notice of Default letter on Dec. 9, 2010, requiring Nexus to restore the property along 357th St. The letter required that the work be done within 30 days, which did not occur, and said the developer’s agreement will be enforced through court action and/or accessing Letter of Credit funds.

City engineer Phil Gravel of Bonestroo will present plans and specifications to the council at the February council meeting.

14 year anniversary

In his report to the council, Police Chief Bob Matzke said the month of December marks his 14th year as a city employee, 11 as chief.

Matzke said his office recorded 45 ICRs in December and 613 for the year. Property crimes were down for the year, Matzke reported, while assaults, domestic assaults, child abuse, neglect and abuse of prescription pain medication top his list of concerns.

He thanked maintenance staff for their help installing new file cabinets.












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