Support, but no cash, for project

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
Elk River is offering support — but no cash —  for a proposed interchange project on Highway 101 at County Road 144 at the Rogers-Hassan border.
The city of Rogers had asked Elk River to consider contributing $100,000 to the estimated $22 million project. But after a brief discussion during a July 5 work session, the Elk River City Council has declined. While the council supports the project, money is an issue.
As Council Member Paul Motin put it: “Not in these times. We can’t afford a hundred grand.” Other council members concurred.
The council agreed, however, to send Rogers a letter of support for the project.
Rogers has received partial funding for the project through a state grant and intends to apply for additional funding through the Minnesota Department of Transportation Metro and Met Council process, according to Elk River City Engineer Justin Femrite.
Rogers officials feel their ability to show regional benefit and cooperation for the project would be enhanced with neighboring communities’ letters of support and financial contribution, Femrite said.
The Otsego City Council voted last month to issue a letter of support with a promise to pay up to $100,000 toward the project.

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