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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Council considers future of city rail yard

  • An hour before the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday night, the council chambers were busy with citizens interested in learning what the future of the Montevideo rail yard might be, now that the lease to the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center is ending.
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  • An hour before the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday night, the council chambers were busy with citizens interested in learning what the future of the Montevideo rail yard might be, now that the lease to the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center is ending.
    A work session was scheduled for 6 p.m. for the council to learn about their options, and go over information they had directed staff to gather, and had received from other parties. When the issue was brought up again for official action during the council meeting, it was decided to schedule a public hearing for 7 p.m. on April 21 to gather public input.
    A number of options were presented to the council by city staff.
    - Request more information.
    - Hold a public hearing to get community input.
    - Request proposals from anyone interested in using the site.
    - Direct staff to begin negotiations on a new lease with the MRHC.
    - Direct staff to inform the MRHC a lease will not be renewed.
    - Investigate possible commercial/industrial uses
    - Consider the site for municipal uses
    - Investigate creating a community rail facility (like the airport)
    - Cancel the lease and proceed with negotiations with interested industrial users.
     
    Read the April 10 edition of the American-News for more details.
     

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