McGregor sewer project to be substantially completed by July 17

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McGregor’s sewer rehab project is nearing completion, with the substantial completion date set for July 17. Paving work began June 18. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s sewer rehab work is expected to be substantially completed by July 17, said city administrator Lynette Sander at the city’s June 17 regular meeting. Paving began June 18, she added. Work on the retaining walls will be completed after Mediacom and Alpine finish up some work and utility poles are moved, then curbs will be backfilled.

Evacuation route

The council gave city attorney Mike Schuster the go-ahead to contact Marquette’s attorney, Jim Garrett, to create a permanent emergency easement for Marquette to access a portion of McGregor city property near Eagle Drive in the event evacuation off The Bench was impossible due to a train derailment or other emergency. Marquette residents would cut through Marquette’s Ohmer property, over the bluff, in order to evacuate.

“We would never deny them to get out of there,” said mayor Harold Brooks. “We would pull vehicles out of there if we had to.”

Turner Park

The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project received several significant contributions recently, including $20,000 from the MFL MarMac School District, $1,800 from the Upper Mississippi River Boat and Yacht Club and $5,000 from Great River Care Center. If a donor is found to contribute $10,000, Great River Care Center will add another $5,000.

Turner Park committee member and councilwoman Janet Hallberg said several fundraisers are planned this summer, including a fun run/walk on July 31, as well as a family fun day carnival in August. More info will be released as the events near. She said volunteers are also needed if anyone would like to help out.

Pursuing Tree City designation

Sander said McGregor is considering becoming a Tree City, in which case it would develop a special tree board and tree ordinance. A representative from Trees Forever is working with the city and will help McGregor find grant opportunities, Sander said, adding that the representative is also interested in holding a tree workshop for area residents.

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