At last week’s Taconite City Council meeting, city officials reported on meetings with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on the continuation of four-lane construction on Highway 169. As part of the construction project, entrances to Taconite proper and Holman will be altered. The new construction will extend 1.5 miles east from where the four-lane now ends. Bids will be let in June of 2016 and the project is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.
A public information meeting will take place in Taconite in April.
In other business, the council:
• Passed a resolution to update the city’s comprehensive plan and apply for the funds to do so. The city needs to update the comprehensive plan in order to receive any Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation funding in 2015. IRRRB will match the city dollar for dollar for the cost of the update.
• Approved the purchase of a side-by-side rescue/brush fire unit for the fire department in the amount of $20,150.
• Noted during a discussion of Minnesota Power’s Canisteo Transmission Project for Magnetation, that Plant Two may be “located near Bovey,” as noted in the documentation, but in fact it is located in the City of Taconite.
The next regular meeting of the council will be April 14.