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Chisago City Park Commission voices concern over high cost of Old Towne Road Trail extension; police seek bonuses

Rising costs of the Old Towne Road Trail Extension to Ojiketa Regional Park have sparked concerns from members of the Chisago City Park Commission. At its March 26 meeting, the Chisago City Council was asked to consider the city engineer’s recommendation for a revision of the Old Towne Road Trail Extension project that would help stem rising costs.

Area pastor brings personal story to spread message there’s mental health help

Zion Lutheran Church, Chisago City held its second Mental Health Wellness Day Saturday, Jan. 27. It was a simple title for what proved to be a powerful event.
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Lake Martha Overlook plat approved; firefighters sworn in

After requiring additional catch basins as recommended by the city engineer, and discussing concerns about snow storage and removal, the Chisago City Council on Jan. 23 approved the final plat for Lake Martha Overlook. The city’s approval includes 13 conditions which High Pointe Land, LLC, must meet before constructing 25 detached villa townhomes, on Lake Martha off Karmel Avenue.

Chisago City organizes for 2024; OK’s long range water capacity study

The Chisago City Council began 2024 with a special organizational meeting on Jan. 9.

Chisago City 2024 levy and budget set

The Chisago City Council on Dec. 12, adopted a final 2024 tax levy of $3,747,987. As the result of a tax abatement approved near the end of the year, the final levy is just slightly less than the proposed levy certified to the county auditor on Sept. 30. (A city’s proposed levy could decrease, but not increase, after that date.)

Chisago Lakes triathlon back, with modifications

The Chisago Lakes Triathlon is on again.

Chisago City zoning issues disputed at council meeting

Chisago City Council heard significant concerns about two zoning issues, one a variance already approved, for a storage building at 28820 Green Lake Ave., and the other, an Interim Use Permit (IUP), still under discussion, for a community solar garden at 8920 275th St.

Chisago City seeks state grant for road improvements, but for which road?

On Oct. 24, the Chisago City Council voted to pursue a grant through the State of Minnesota Local Road Improvement Program for road improvements but left the door open as to which road would be funded. City engineering firm Bolten & Menk had proposed that Chisago City seek a grant for reconstruction of Pioneer Road from Iris Avenue to Highway 8.

DuTriRun making plea to give triathlon another chance to address shortcomings

Ben West and Gloria West of DuTriRun asked the Chisago City Council Sept. 26 asking the city to reconsider its decision to no longer allow the annual triathlon to use city property, for an event which had become a 17-year community tradition.

Chisago City levy increases; budget also goes up but tax rate comes down

The Chisago City Council on Sept. 26 voted to certify a proposed general fund levy of $3.75 million to the county auditor. That is up 6.23 percent from 2023, within the city’s goal of holding the levy increase under 7 percent. While the city’s proposed 2024 budget calls for operating expenses to increase $293,848, the city’s tax rate will go down and will actually be under the council’s original target, due to valuation increases.

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