Otsego looks for new trail

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing writer

The Otsego City Council discussed funding for a new trail at their regular meeting on April 22. The trail is planned to run along the north side of 70th Street in conjunction with a project that will overhaul the road and bridge a gap so that the street stretches almost the entire width of the city.

City Engineer Ron Wagner told the council that even though Wright County will be completing a large section of the road project, they have a rule of not funding trail construction or the right-of-way needed to secure a location.

“They feel they need to put all of their money towards rebuilding roads, not trails,” he said.

Council members wondered aloud whether there weren’t grants available that could help with the cost of the planned trail.

Wright County Commissioner Mark Daleiden, who was in the audience at the meeting, suggested trying for Legacy funds. Approved in 2008, the Legacy amendment is a 3/8 percent addition to sales tax that helps fund, among other things, trails.

Council directed staff to look into grants and other funding sources for the trail. The new trail is planned to run along 70th Street from Odean Avenue to TH 101. Construction isn’t expected until 2017.

In other matters, Spring Clean Up Week is scheduled for May 6-10. Otsego and Elk River residents will receive a discounted rate at Metro Appliance Recycling to dispose of unwanted goods for recycling that cannot be handled in the regular trash. Recyclable items include residential appliances, televisions, computers, furniture, tires, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, scrap metal and cellphones. Items not accepted include paint, oil, antifreeze, gas ammonia refrigerators, yard waste and general garbage. Drop-off hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Identification with proof of address is required.