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Changes coming for Osseo water tower

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Talk to nearly anyone who lives in or visits the City of Osseo, and you'll hear rave reviews about the small town feel. "A little bit of country in the city I think," said Chris Gallup, who was visiting with her husband, Curt. Towering above this so--called "country in the city" — as it has since 1915 — is the old Osseo water tower. "It does kinda, like I say, show that small town, Osseo kind of feeling," said Osseo resident Mark Melius. In fact, the water tower is featured prominently on the city's official logo and on the decorative banners along Central Avenue. "It just speaks of country," said Curt Gallup of the water tower. "It speaks of times of the past." Talk to city officials, and even they will acknowledge the tower's significance. "We have nothing else that declares this as Osseo any better than that water tower," said Interim City Administrator Douglas Reeder. However, the tower no longer serves any function now that water is pumped in from Maple Grove, and like all things from the past, the tower has begun to show its age. "There's structural defects. The ladder is broken on the top of the tower," Reeder said. "We're not sure what the roof looks like because we haven't been able to go up there and look at it." In addition, it's covered with lead-based paint, which needs to be repainted due to peeling. That's a job that isn't cheap. "If you look at it in the long run, in the next 50 years, you're probably looking at $500,000--$600,000 to keep that tank up," Reeder admitted. The alternative would be to take the tank down at a cost of $80,000. Now, the Osseo City Council has to weigh the options of historical significance against fiscal responsibility. "I would've been OK with a little bit more in taxes to keep it," said Chris Gallup, a resident of Dassel. But talk to someone who pays taxes in Osseo, and the feeling changes. "It's a water tower, I mean, I'm sorry, I'm not gonna want my money spent on... I'd rather have roads and have things that are plowed, you know?" said Melius. Osseo officials say the city has a $2 million budget, so if the council approves the repairs, it would mean either cutting services or increasing taxes. Delane Cleveland http://twelve.tv/ http://www.facebook.com/12localnews http://twitter.com/12LocalNews 12 News is on Comcast cable channel 12 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.