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The Shell Lodge, a small Masonic fraternal organization that raises funds for student reading programs, would probably fold if it has to pay special assessments for the downtown revitalization project. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Committee reviews assessment policy for Main Avenue project

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A volunteer committee will recommend to the Park Rapids City Council next week that Main Avenue merchants and homeowners pay 100 percent of the assessments on water mains, water service and sanitary sewer improvements to replace the city's aging infrastructure.

Work on the $4.5 million revitalization project is slated to begin in 2010. Hopes for outside funding have dwindled, said John Olson, leaving the project to be funded by "city funds and specials."

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