Keep the tower or tear it down?

Osseo’s mulls options for 98-year-old water tower

The Osseo City Council received an update on the north water tower project, including cost estimates, during its Monday, Jan. 28, meeting.

There was a closed session for the council to receive a report on litigation involving the city.

The council also accepted signs for being a Heart Safe Community as well as a donation from the Osseo Fire Relief Association.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



The council heard from KLM engineer Shawn Mulhern about the study that was conducted on the North Water Tower. The study was done to determine if the city should commit to keeping the water tower as an historic feature of the city or tear it down.

City Administrator Douglas Reeder said the tower is 98 years old and is painted with lead based paint. The roof’s condition is unknown because the ladder from the balcony to the roof is broken.

The cost to repair and paint the tank to allow water to be placed in it would be around $347,900. The costs to maintain the tank for the next 50 years without water would be $500,000 to $600,000.

The cost to remove the tank would be $80,000, but another $30,000 might be needed to handle the containment of the roof.

Councilor Mark Schulz said he spoke with a few residents about the water tower and there was quite bit of emotion surrounding it. “I think it would be important to really get this out to the public and see what they have to say,” he said. “If nobody cares if it’s here, then we tear the thing down. If people care that its here and they want to keep … then we need to look at that.”

Schulz added he was in favor of hosting a public meeting to share the information to residents and get their input.

Mayor Duane Poppe agreed that the council needed public involvement.



The council also went into a closed session to receive a report on litigation the city was involved with regarding former Fire Chief Mark Lynde, City Attorney Loren Magsam said.

He added, “We met with our attorney Bill Evert and we received the report. That is all there is report from that closed session.”



Paul Mendoza, a North Memorial Paramedic and part of the Heart Safe Communities Program, came before the council to present the city with new street signs.

As part of the city becoming North Memorial’s First Heart Safe Community, the city was promised “Heart Safe” signs. Mendoza presented the city with two signs to be put up in town.

“Our goal is to put up these signs in all communities in Minnesota,” Mendoza added.



The council also accepted a donation of $35,000 from the Osseo Fire Department Relief Association.

These funds will be used towards the city’s Capital Improvement Fund to purchase a fire apparatus.

“It’s a pretty nice thing to get from your fire relief association,” City Administrator Reeder said.



In other action, the council:

SET a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 11, for 12 possible conditional use permit revocations. These 12 CUPs have been determined they were no longer operating at the location stated in the original CUP.

APPROVED the 2013 fee schedule, including fees for consumption and display for alcohol/tobacco licenses and a fee for on-sale culinary cooking licenses.